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News / Gaza ceasefire NEWS IN BRIEF
SDEROT PROTESTS FOLLOW CEASEFIRE Hundreds of people demonstrated on Tuesday evening at the entrance to the town of Sderot over Israel’s agreement for a ceasefire with Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers, after a 25-hour period that saw over 460 rockets fired at Israeli communities near the Palestinian enclave. Protesters were blocking roads and burning tires, with some chanting, “Bibi go home,” using a nickname for Benjamin Netanyahu. Confrontations were reported between protesters and policemen.
ACTION CALL FROM PARTY LEADERS The leaders of the Zionist Union and Yesh Atid visited Israeli towns in the Gaza border region on Tuesday, calling on the government to take a tougher line against terror groups in the Strip following the relentless rocket bombardment from the Hamas-controlled territory. Visiting Ashkelon after residents spent much of the night in bomb shelters, Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay slammed Netanyahu for “failing to restore calm”.
UNITED STATES AND FRANCE SPEAK OUT The US and France condemned Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel, ahead of a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the latest flare-up of cross-border violence. “We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket, missile and mortar attacks that are taking place from Gaza into Israel,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a briefing. “We call for the sustained halt of those attacks. We stand with Israel as Israel defends itself against these attacks. It is simply unacceptable to target civilians.”
460 rockets hit Israel Hamas terrorists fired an estimated 460 rockets and mortar shells into Israel this week in a furious reaction to an Israeli raid into Gaza on Sunday night that killed one of its commanders. The Strip’s rulers retaliated with what the IDF said was the largest-ever volley of rockets into southern Israel in a single day, overwhelming the Iron Dome missile defence system. A 40-year-old Palestinian man was killed in Ashkelon on Monday, and eight others wounded in the strike – one of several to breach Israeli defences. As of Wednesday, after a ceasefire was agreed, more than 50 Israelis had been injured or treated for trauma. On Monday, terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad used an anti-tank guided missile to hit an empty bus near the Gaza border, seriously injuring an Israeli soldier who was on board at the time. Israeli jets hit back, attacking dozens of posts around the Strip, as Israeli schools and train-lines remained closed, but commentators were united in their warnings that neither Israel nor Hamas wanted another war. A senior Hamas official threatened to up the ante, however, saying: “Approximately one million Zionists will be within the range of our missiles if the Zionist enemy’s decision is to continue its aggression.” The latest flare-up follows an operation from an undercover Israeli team, which travelled into Gaza in a civilian car to kill a top terrorist commander on Sunday.
An injured Israeli carries his child in his damaged home after it was hit by a missile from the Gaza Strip
Nur Barakeh, a local leader of Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in the ground raid, along with six other Palestinians, but the Israeli Special Forces team came under fire after they were spotted making their way back. Analysts have reported “an unspecified malfunction” as exposing the team. An Israeli LieutenantColonel – identified as Lt. Col. M – was killed and another officer was injured, as the Israeli Air Force sought to provide cover for the retreating team. IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said: “An IDF special force operated
in a very meaningful operation to Israel’s security. The force and IAF troops fought a brave battle calmly and heroically. I salute our troops. “The IDF owes Lt. Col. M. more than we can say. I embrace his family and wish the injured officer a quick recovery.” James Sorene, chief executive of BICOM, tweeted that neither Hamas nor Israeli leaders wanted another war, but said: “The grim reality is that deaths on either side will mean a heavier retaliatory response.” Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl said the UK Jewish
community “stands in solidarity with Israel,” adding: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who have been killed and wounded by Hamas rockets.”
Rockets from Gaza over Ashkelon
Charity appeals for aid on Gaza border Israeli charities operating near the Gaza border are calling on UK Jews to help raise urgent funds in the wake of the attacks from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. ORT and Emunah were among the organisations appealing for help with their operations during the worst flare-up in violence since 2014, before
a ceasefire was agreed. World ORT, a global Jewish educational organisation, lodged its “emergency appeal” for money to build more shelters at its village in Kfar Silver, 10 miles from the Gaza border on the outskirts of Ashkelon. “Our students have only seconds to reach the shelters at the youth
village,” said director Avi Ganon. “This is a hard time for the State of Israel. The fundraising is needed for building shelters in Kfar Silver which is critical for saving lives.” Likewise, therapists from Emunah said they had been working “round the clock” in the areas hardest hit by the violence, such as Sderot, where it
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Gaza ceasefire / News
Lieberman quits over Bibi truce ‘surrender’ Israel’s defence minister resigned from the government on Wednesday, arguing that Israel was capitulating to Hamas and “buying quiet” with a truce. Avigdor Lieberman said Israel had pandered to terrorists in agreeing to a ceasefire, despite Israeli jets bombing more than 100 Gaza sites in response to 460 rockets. Lieberman, whose right-wing party forms part of Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, went on Israeli TV to give his reasons for resigning at a crucial time, a decision that may precipitate new elections. “What happened with the ceasefire and the entire process of reaching an agreement with Hamas amounts to surrendering to terror, there is no other explanation,” he said. “What we have done recently is buy quiet for the short term but we will end up paying a high price for our long term quiet.” Egyptian intelligence chiefs have spent months shuttling between Jerusalem and Gaza to prepare the groundwork for
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Avigdor Lieberman, left, accused Netanyahu of capitulation
a long-term truce and were believed to be close to achieving this, but Netanyahu said in recent days he does not believe there can be a diplomatic solution. He nevertheless has been highly reluctant to launch another full offensive against the impoverished Strip, as he did in 2014. On Wednesday, Netanyahu appeared to contrast his position to that of Lieberman’s, saying: “In times of emergency and when making decisions in the field of
security, the public cannot always be a partner to considerations.” Lieberman’s resignation takes effect on Friday, expanding Netanyahu’s remit to include the roles of prime minister, foreign minister, defence minister and health minister, but analysts suggested Lieberman’s exit was political opportunism. “With elections looming Lieberman had a dilemma,” explained BICOM chief executive James Sorene.
Israel’s Iron Dome is a very sophisticated system, but it cannot guarantee complete interception of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. The effectiveness of Iron Dome decreases as the number of missiles handled by the system is greater. In other words, if several missiles are fired, the system’s success rate is high compared with the firing of dozens of missiles at the same time. IDF special forces operate daily in the occupied Palestinian territories and sometimes elsewhere. Operational malfunctions are an integral part of activities such as those that took place in the Gaza Strip a few days ago. The activity of special forces was not stopped following operations that failed in the past, and it is likely that this will be the case this time too. In a reality where there is no agreement on a ceasefire and there is no
guarantee of its continuation, the situation between the rival sides will continue to be fragile. The situation between Israel and the Palestinians, not just Hamas, is very fragile. The sides are on the edge of an abyss. The leaderships of Israel and Hamas are not interested in reaching a war, although each side has elements that support a full-fledged military confrontation already. Egypt plays a significant role in mediating between the adversaries, and it has a significant influence on restraint of the parties. Diffusing the conflict is highly complex as the two parties are not interested in the war now, but both sides are holding demands that prevent a ceasefire that can last a long time. In other words, even if the current cycle of violence is halted by Egyptian and international mediation, the conditions that cause the conflict continue, and, unfortunately, the renewal of violence and perhaps a deterioration into a broad military confrontation may only be a matter of time. • Yoram Meital is head of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University
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News / Kristallnacht service / Vigil threatened
Abbey lights up to recall Kristallnacht anniversary Westminster Abbey held a moving Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, writes Joe Millis. Led by Christian and Jewish clergy, and attended by Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl and the Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev – who was among those lighting a memorial candle – the service of remembrance was given added poignancy by the testimonies of three people who witnessed first-hand the horrors of Kristallnacht. The Zemel Choir, along with those of Belsize Square and West London Synagogues, gave renditions of parts of the Jewish liturgy, such as Al Naharot Bavel and Shema Kolenu, while El Maleh Rachamim was delivered by Paul Heller, the cantor of Belsize Square Synagogue. The Abbey’s choir sang the hymns, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise. Kindertransport refugee Bea Green recalled how, in Munich aged eight, she saw her father beaten by Brownshirts. She left Germany on 27 June 1939 and said it had “seemed like an adventure”, but when she “saw my mother crying, I realised I might never see them again”. Vienna-born Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller spoke of how his father had initially told him he could not leave the Austrian capital – like so many other young Jews had already done – because he “didn’t want to break the law”. The change came on Kristallnacht, when he saw “the synagogue was in flames, the Brownshirts were attacking people”, including in their building. Knoller escaped to Belgium, “never to see my parents again”. Leslie Brent, who escaped to Britain on the first Kindertransport, told of the persecution of the Jews in a small town on the Baltic Sea and their eventual escape to Berlin and then Britain. The testimonies were interspersed by
BRITISH ‘NAZI ‘LIVED IN ISRAEL’ A convicted neo-Nazi terrorist who named his baby after Hitler claimed to have lived in Israel for nearly two years in a bid to convert to Judaism. Adam Thomas, 22, has been found guilty of being a member of extreme right-wing group National Action, which was banned in 2016. He was convicted alongside partner, Claudia Patatas, 38, at Birmingham Crown Court. In court, Thomas said they had given the child the middle name Adolf because of their “admiration” for Hitler.
JUDICIAL REVIEW INTO ALI REMARKS Campaigners against antisemitism have won the right for a judicial review into whether the organiser of the Al Quds Day march can be prosecuted for making anti-Israel comments. Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) initiated a private prosecution against Nazim Ali last year, after he blamed “Zionists” for the Grenwell Tower fire. But days before Ali was due to face magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service stopped the prosecution. CAA’s Gideon Falter said: “This is a case the CPS should have prosecuted.”
Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev lights candles at the service in Westminster Abbey
readings from Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, of West London Synagogue, and New North London Synagogue’s Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg – both of whom are from German backgrounds. Neuberger spoke of remembering the murder victims as well as the abused, adding: “We also remember those whose courage led them to stand up to the murderous thugs who carried out the burnings, beatings, the daubings and physical attacks,” praising the British diplomats – particularly the consulgeneral in Frankfurt, Robert Smallbones – who “stood up to the Nazis in the name of the British government saving people, including my grandparents”. Rabbi Wittenberg told how, after Kristallnacht, his grandfather, Rabbi Georg Salzberger, in Frankfurt was summoned by the Gestapo to another burning synagogue. He had been told his own synagogue had been razed to the ground, but the Ner Tamid – the Eternal Light – still shone. “So my grandfather stood between two kinds of fire – the fire of destruction and the
Labour politician signs up for equality training A Welsh Assembly member who questioned “how much of it is in their heads” when asked about synagogue security has apologised – and referred herself for equalities training. Labour’s Cardiff Central representative Jenny Rathbone stoked fury for suggesting Jews had a “siege mentality” when asked about shul security last year, in comments reported this week by the Jewish Chronicle website. In a statement to Jewish News, she said: “I accept the comments were insensitive and have laid me open to accu-
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sations of intolerance. “I’ve always appreciated the good relationship I’ve had with my local Jewish community and I apologise for any upset my remarks may have caused to individual constituents and the wider Jewish community. I am meeting one of my local rabbis later today to apologise directly.” Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl was among those angered at Rathbone’s insinuation that security measures “are somehow part of the Jewish community’s collective paranoia,” adding that
Labour should be “ashamed”. At a public event, Rathbone was asked about bolstered security at Cardiff United Synagogue, saying: “How much of it is for real and how much of it is in their own heads is really hard for an outsider to judge, but I think siege mentalities are also part of this”. Rathbone added: “I hope to be able to continue to work closely with the local Jewish community to deepen my understanding of their concerns and experiences, and I will be referring myself for equalities training.”
flame of God’s light,” Rabbi Wittenberg said. Among those lighting candles were Michael Newman, chief executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees, Holocaust survivors Lilian Levy and Rolf Penzias and Julia Gross of the German Embassy, representing Ambassador Peter Wittig.
GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON WATERS
Jewish institutions in Argentina have launched a campaign against singer Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman. Waters’ Us +Them tour has been travelling around Latin America for the last month. The Argentina Zionist Organisation called Waters “one of the great anti-Semites of our time” in an online campaign protesting what it called his hate speech. Shows in which Waters displays a pig with a Star of David also have offended Jews.
15 November 2018 Jewish News
AJEX parade/ Mayor memorial / Shuls merge / News
JFS pupils who have researched a fallen Jewish soldier are set to join those marching at an emotional Jewish military parade in London on Sunday. They will join hundreds of Jewish community members paying their respects on Sunday at the event organised by AJEX at Horse Guards’ Parade. It will be the culmination of weeks’ of work from the JFS pupils, who have been researching the experiences of JFS alumni who went to fight in the First World War, which ended 100 years ago. The school has held a series of special assemblies and presented their findings in an exhibition, with 100 students each discovering more about the lives of 100 Jewish soldiers who fought. They will march on Sunday carrying the names of those they learned about. Events in the lead-up to the Whitehall parade have been largely
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Pupils set for Sunday’s AJEX military parade
A previous AJEX parade honouring fallen Jewish soldiers
coordinated by Major Danny Yank, who recently ended 14 years’ service. He explained that for the first time ever, there will be a free educational event for all ages held at 8 Northumberland Avenue from
11.00 until 13.00, before people start taking their places along Horse Guards’ Parade before 13.30. “It’s a casual drop-in,” said Maj. Yank. “I’ve got my two-year old going and my 84-year old father-inlaw. There’ll be food and drink, arts
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and crafts, poppy drawing, memorial making, personal stories from the First World War, plus a BBC Radio 3 musician and presenter who will be teaching songs from the trenches, so a lot going on.” On the parade, Maj. Yank said: “It’s for everyone. Jews of this country have made the most amazing sacrifices over 300 years and I don’t think we celebrate and commemorate that as much as we could.” He added: “I want that message to be there all the time, not just one week every year. I want us to show that we stand with the rest of the country, not just as Jews, but as Brits, particularly this year, because Jews played a huge part in the First World War.” Up to 3,000 Jewish soldiers died in the First World War, said AJEX vice-president Jeffrey Fox, while 75,000 served in the Second World War.
“It’s important to realise that Jews have been serving the sovereign for over 300 years,” he said. “Even today, hundreds are serving. It’s important for the younger generation to come to appreciate the sacrifices made by their grandparents, and to realise that Jews did as much as any other group.” Of those who died in the First World War, 535 were Jewish Lads’ Brigade members and leaders, their names now appearing on the JLGB Roll of Honour. The British Jewry Book of Honour notes that 80 Jewish Lads’ Brigade Officers joined up in 1914, with 38 of them never returning. Among the JLGB Boys to have survived the war were two Victoria Cross recipients, VC Izzy Smith and VC Jack White. Passing the baton – AJEX looks to the future, see page 8 Editorial comment, page 28
Khan pays respects Sadiq Khan paid respects to the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust as he visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin on Monday. The London mayor visited the memorial with Uwe Neumärker, a director of the foundation behind the memorial, and later signed the visitors’ book, writing: “The persecution of the Jewish people is one of the darkest chapters in our history and the Holocaust a crime without parallel. “We remember all the
Khan at Berlin memorial
innocent Jews who were murdered and resolve to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism, wherever it rears its ugly head, so that our continent, our countries and our com-
munities can live up to the promise; never again.” The mayor, who described his visit to the memorial as “powerful and poignant” on Twitter, was in the German capital city as part of a two-day trade mission to Berlin and Paris, where he met the mayors of other European capitals. Last week the former Labour MP was the keynote speaker at the Board of Deputies’ annual dinner, criticising his own party as being “too slow” on tackling antisemitism within its ranks.
SYNAGOGUES TO MERGE Ilford and Redbridge United synagogues are to merge from May next year after their 2,000 members voted overwhelmingly to approve the plans. The two Essex shuls began consulting last month and leadership teams said they had been left “extremely excited” by unexpectedly strong support this week, to create one of the biggest United Synagogue communities in the country. Redbridge is itself a result of the merger of Clayhall and Newbury Park synagogues
in 2015, and its members will now move over to Ilford’s Beehive Lane building, described as “1960s Cathedral style,” which will be refurbished. The combined shul will operate under a new name, with a competition to decide what it should be. “This is an extremely exciting development,” said United Synagogue president Michael Goldstein. “They have developed a plan which is viable, financially sound and provides significant
benefit for both communities.” Ilford’s chair Malcolm Nathan said both executive teams had worked hard to get the details in-place, saying the new shul “will still be able to continue the high level of pastoral care for which our communities are rightly known, but it will also enable us to provide better facilities in a dedicated and refurbished building”. The United Synagogue Council meets next month to rubber-stamp the deal.
Jewish News 15 November 2018
News / Prince Charles’ 70th birthday
‘Prince is like a Duracell bunny, he never stops’ A joke story suggesting Prince Charles was converting to Judaism four years ago remains Jewish News’ most clicked-on Purim spiel to date. Perhaps it was the fact he boasts the most famous kippah in Britain – a velvet head covering emblazoned with his royal crest – that gave
the story even a shred of credibility. More likely, though, it was the number of engagements he has undertaken in the community over the years – and the enthusiasm with which he has thrown himself into causes close to communal hearts. From Bevis Marks’ tercentenary service and lighting Chanukah candles with children, to his attendance at the installment of the chief rabbi and support for Holocaust remembrance, the future king has been at the forefront of the Royal family’s close ties with Anglo-Jewry and other minority communities. But it was his crucial role in bringing about the Jewish community centre in Krakow where his
support for Shoah survivors began more than a decade ago. He was so moved by the plight of the city’s elderly residents, who faced poverty after living through the horrors of the Shoah that he returned to the UK with the idea of creating an old age home for them. World Jewish Relief (WJR) was approached for help and, after extensive research, recommended to the Prince of Wales that his vision would best be met with a new community hub where survivors could meet in comfort while mingling with younger community members. Charles put his “heart and soul” into the project, according to Nigel Layton, the charity’s former chair. That included making a personal donation to “talking about it all the time and holding events” and later flying to Poland to help affix a mezuzah at the centre’s opening in 2008. “The project would not have happened without him,” he said. “It isn’t one of the countries we normally operated in, but the opportunity to engage in Jewish renewal in a town where communal life was obliterated was fantastic. Every time I go, I meet someone who has just found their Jewish roots and the centre.
We’ve now got thousands of members, having opened with only a handful.”
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Prince Charles at Yavneh College, left and above, with children from JLGB. Above: The prince chats to Jewish refugee Eve Willman
Along with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Jewish Museum, WJR enjoys the patronage of the future king, who has moved on to helping the charity’s project to repair the homes of elderly people in Ukraine. But his interest in the Krakow centre remains. “He still asks for updates every six months and sent a message for our 10th anniversary,” said Layton. “When he really believes in something, he takes time to understand the issues and people.” It was learning of WJR’s role in the rescue of 10,000 children from occupied Europe on the Kindertransport that kickstarted an association with those given refuge in the UK (including my grandmother) that has seen Charles host and attend gatherings marking the 70th and 75th anniversaries of the operation. Eve Willman, 85, who came from Vienna aged five, spoke of the “fizzle of excitement” she feels at meeting someone who has done so much for
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Prince Charles’ 70th birthday / News
Prince Charles helps affix a mezzuzah onto the door of the Krakow Jewish community centre
remembrance. “He represents what England did to save 10,000 children and he has taken it on,” she said. As the Association of Jewish Refugees’ Kinder committee, of which she is part, is busy encouraging younger generations to ensure the memory is passed on, Willman hopes Charles will continue to shine a light on the issue. Veteran Sun photographer Arthur Edwards said: “If he wanted me to take a pic for him tomorrow, I’d drop everything,” he said. “He’s like a Duracell bunny – he keeps going. He uses the power of his office to do great things.” But Edwards – who has covered thousands of events over 40 years – said the “self-deprecating” royal does not get the praise he deserves for sup-
porting those in need, despite his charities raising more than £100 million annually, and had faced ridicule where he should have been seen as a “visionary” for his outspoken views. Like the Queen, he insists, Charles’ record is the ultimate retort to those knocking the monarchy. For him, Krakow symbolises how the Prince goes above and beyond. He has even included an image from the opening of a survivor with HRH “looking so happy wearing his decorated kippah”. The 70-year absence of an official royal visit to Israel only ended this summer, but weeks earlier the heir to the throne joined the community’s main celebration for the Jewish state’s own 70th birthday. He also attended the funerals of both Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
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Charles was among guests when Lord Sacks handed over to Ephraim Mirvis as chief rabbi
It was on the plane back from the former he had a lengthy conversation with Lord Sacks – the start of a friendship that later saw him attending his farewell gala as chief rabbi. “What I loved is how he spent as much time with the children’s choir as he spent with the great and good of AngloJewry,” he said. “His greatness is his humility.” Reflecting on HRH’s special birthday, he added: “He has a record of making a difference to lives that needed that difference. He can be proud of all he has achieved and full of confidence in everything that remains for him to achieve.” And it is on a personal level as well that he has left an impression on the emeritus chief rabbi, who recalls: “When my father died, I received 600 letters but only one was handwritten and
six pages long.” But it is perhaps through the Prince’s Trust, which he set up in 1976 and has helped more than 900,000 disadvantaged youth, that he has had the greatest impact. Prince’s Trust International chair Sir Lloyd Dorfman said: “The Prince’s Trust is a great example of how royals can make a difference. In my travels, people have commented how fortunate we are to have such a system.” The community’s admiration for Charles is reciprocated. He told last year’s WJR dinner his family links with the community – including his grandmother’s saving of Jews during the Shoah and his attendance in the 1960s at a school where he was taught by Jewish immigrants – helped inspire his efforts to reach across communities.
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Special report/ AJEX’s future
Passing the baton
A change of guard and a new name are ushering one of Anglo-Jewry’s most distinguished organisations into a new era, finds Jenni Frazer It is one of Anglo-Jewry’s most recognisable and dependable “brands” — AJEX, or the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. It was founded almost 90 years ago, in 1929, to serve the needs of Jewish veterans of the First World War. Fifty-five thousand Jews served with British forces during the conflict; five were awarded the Victoria Cross. A further 60,000 British Jews served in the Second World War, three of whom won a VC. But today, with the annual parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall this weekend, long-time executive director Jacques Weisser is retiring after 24 years in post and a huge rebranding exercise is taking place led by his successor, Major Danny Yank. The first step has been to rename the organisation itself. It will now be known as AJEX – The Jewish Military Association UK. Weisser and Yank are now in an affable handover process and discussed the changes in AJEX’s Hendon offices.
“We used to be a volunteer organisation, split into branches”, Weisser explains. “But as people get older, many of the branches are not sustainable so we are merging membership into a central branch, although the individual ones can carry on where it is feasible.” Both men say it is a mistake to assume AJEX relates only to those who served in the Second World War or those who have done National Service. Association members today may well have seen service in more recent areas of conflict such as Korea, Kenya, Malaysia, Cyprus, Iraq, the Falklands and Afghanistan. “We’re not all about membership”, Yank says, “though we are still seeking members. Instead, we’ve gone back to our roots. We are trying to focus on what we were founded for – education, welfare and remembrance”. Since its founding, AJEX has been providing money for Jewish veterans of the armed forces, and their dependents, for a variety of welfare needs. “That has now been expanded”, Yank says. “We spend about £50,000 a year on wel-
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fare and from this year we are going to help serving members of the armed forces, too, and their dependents. It’s a significant change”. Why would serving members of the military require AJEX’S help? “There are a host of reasons. It could be marital problems, it could be post-traumatic stress from an operation, it could be financial issues, disability – we think we should be looking after these people, which we haven’t done in the past.” Weisser adds: “We have a lot of support from other military charities and we pool funds when someone needs items like a wheelchair, or things adapted in their homes. And though £50,000 is a lot of money, we do get money left to us in legacies.” Looking at AJEX’s other two strands of work, education and remembrance, Yank admits the association had “neglected education for a long time”. But that, too, is going to change, as the organisation is employing a professional historian as its education officer, and will spread the message “that UK Jews played an active role in the military, and have done for more than 300 years”. Part of the education programme, too, will be to show that service in the military is still a viable career option for young British Jews. “I can only go by my personal story”, Yank says, going on to relate how he was born and brought up in north-west London and was 26 and working in Belgium before he decided to join the army. He acknowledges that he had initially told no one in his community of his decision and that when he did finally tell his parents “it was not well received”. Nevertheless, he says he looks on it “as the
best decision I ever made. There are not enough Jews in the army, and one of the reasons, I think, is that people don’t see it as a viable career choice. There’s no shortage of young men and women out there, with amazing skills and talents, who would have the best time in the army or the other services. “But they don’t see it as an option, and perhaps their parents don’t see it as an option. We have to change that. Even now, when I meet someone and I say I’m in the army, they say ‘Oh, you’re in the IDF?’ And I say, no, I’m in the British amy. This is my country. I’m British. I’ve fought for this country, I’m a reservist and I would do so again.” He is adamant there is “no glass ceiling” in the armed forces for young Jews, noting there is today at least one air commodore and a brigadier-general who are Jewish. Remembrance is the strand that almost sells itself, though besides the annual parade, now frequently marched in by the children and grandchildren of former servicemen and women, AJEX takes great pride in its Jewish Military Museum and its other annual parade at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield in Staffordshire. The museum collection is housed in the Jewish Museum in Camden Town and the parade, say Weisser and Yank, “will stay as long as is possible. We are the only faith group to have its own parade and we think there is support for it across the community”. Weisser retires officially on 29 November, but it is clear he will be on hand to offer help and advice where needed. And AJEX, having re-invented itself, is looking forward to a glorious future.
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Hasmo pupils ‘abused’ on 240 bus to Edgware Police are investigating after pupils from Hasmonean High School were “physically and verbally abused” on a bus. The latest incident involving Hasmo students occurred on the 240 bus to Edgware and officers are trying to retrieve footage of the incident from the on-board CCTV. The school’s headteacher, Andrew McClusky, wrote to parents the day after the incident explaining police officers had been to the school to interview the boys. It follows a similar confrontation involving girls from Hasmonean on the 113 bus, in which the perpetrators were identified on CCTV, but have not yet been traced. McClusky said the boys were “both physically and verbally abused” and that one had his
property destroyed. “As soon as we became aware of the latest incident, we reported it to the police and the transport police,” he said. “It was also reported to the Community Security Trust, which we hope will also be able to provide support.” McClusky said he had sought assurances from the police borough commander of Barnet that routes were being patrolled “in the morning and evening to enable our students to travel to and from school in safety”. The school’s students are to be given “extra training and advice on how to stay safe” but parents were nevertheless urged to make sure their children “stay together while travelling to and from school and not to engage with anyone who provokes them”.
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British rabbis met Jewish and political leaders in Germany as part of Berlin’s Kristallnacht 80th anniversary commemorations. The Orthodox, Reform and Liberal leaders met Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Actors Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton joined several hundred people for a rally in honour of those killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The rally, under the banner ‘Stronger than Hate: A Gathering of Compassion, Unity and Love,’ was held at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.
French Jews have warned that antisemitism in the country is a “daily occurrence” after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed a 69 percent increase in hate crimes targeting the community. While figures “had been down for two years, the number of acts increased by more than 69 percent,” he wrote.
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News / Mitzvah milestone / Stunning sequel / Vigil halted
Decade of mitzvahs One of Britain’s most senior Muslim leaders this week praised Mitzvah Day for “giving a new dimension to interfaith work”, as the charity celebrates its tenth year. Imam Qari Muhammad Asim, a lawyer and religious leader who chairs the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, was among a host of high-profile names urging people to get involved in social action this month. “Mitzvah Day has given a new dimension to interfaith work,” said the Leeds imam, who was awarded an MBE in 2012. “Volunteering for causes that matter increases the social capital in Britain and brings communities together. “Having taken part in Mitzvah Day many times over the past 10 years, I know it allows for meaningful conversations and relationships to develop.” The charity, which began life in JHub in north London 10 years ago, has fostered interfaith relations through social action, and an interfaith cooking event at Jewish community centre JW3 took place on Monday, dedicated to the memory of Fahim Mazhary, a long-term Muslim Mitzvah Day volunteer who died earlier this year. Mazhary’s daughter, Hibba, attended the event, alongside members of the Jewish, Muslim and Zoro-
Thousands of Mitzvah Day events are taking place nationwide
astrian communities. The food was picked up by a Christian volunteer from Emmanuel Church and will be used at its Winter Night Shelter. Asim was joined in his praise by Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. May said she was “proud to have taken part in Mitzvah Day activities in previous years,” adding she had seen the initiative grow to encompass more
than 40,000 volunteers over the years. Mirvis said Mitzvah Day’s impact had been “absolutely extraordinary,” adding: “It’s amazing to consider the fact Mitzvah Day has only been around for 10 years, because it seems as if this has been an institution in our community lasting for decades and decades.” Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner said: “It has united people in a common cause, bringing them together as one and standing in defiance against those who would seek to divide us.”
NOVELIST WRITES ‘UNLIKELY SEQUEL’ A Jewish north Londoner has written and published “the most unlikely sequel” more than four years after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. Adam Blain’s new book, Grin and Pear It: A Most Unlikely Sequel, for Amazon Kindle. is his second since his diagnosis of a glioblastoma in 2014. His first, called Pear Shaped, was published in March 2015. The titles refer to the tumour’s size and shape, which results in a median life expectancy of 18 months from diagnosis. In the past year, British Labour politician Dame Tessa Jowell and US Senator John McCain have died of the disease. Blain, 44, is a retired lawyer and father-of-three living in Muswell
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Hill and uses humour to tackle the subject. McCain’s widow Cindy tweeted Blain, saying: “My husband read from your book every day. It made him laugh – the best medicine ever.”
Protesters mar vigil A tribute held by pro-Israel activists in London for Jews murdered in Arab countries was dispersed violently by men shouting in Arabic about killing Jews. At the Israel Advocacy Movement event at Speaker’s Corner, a few people held Israeli flags and
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Ticket to ride / Emergency appeal / News briefs / News
London taxis to give free rides to Polish righteous Jewish taxi fleet owners in London have donated two black cabs for a Polish charity to provide free rides to those who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The innovative project, supported by Jewish News, aims to benefit the dwindling number of elderly Poles recognised as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for their brave wartime efforts, with the taxi owners saying it is a debt of gratitude. “These cabs are coming to the end of their life in London and can’t be used here any more, but they’re perfectly good to use elsewhere,” said Farley Freedman, who got involved after a chance encounter on the streets of Edgware. Fr e e d m a n ’s involvement came about through a meeting with a Jewish heritage
campaigner on the streets of Edgware and he soon contacted friends Asher Moses and another who asked not to be named, who were keen to help. The talk was with Jonny Daniels, whose millennial-led foundation ‘From The Depths’ works on Holocaust memory and memorial in Poland, who had identified that the Righteous were
now ageing and struggling with things like shopping trips. “It’s our way of helping them,” said Freedman this week. “These people were so good for us and this is us trying to be good for them. A lot of them are elderly now and struggle to get around so we hope it helps.” Daniels had offered to buy the taxis but Freedman and his associates decided they wanted to donate them instead. The black
‘NAZI SALUTE’ WAS A WAVE GOODBYE The photographer who took a picture of Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute has said he simply asked the students to wave goodbye to their parents. Pete Gust told community journalism website Madison 365 that the photo at Baraboo High School, shared widely on social media, was innocent. He said he asked the boys to give him a “high-five” for the photo. Gust removed the photo from his site, and wrote: “To anyone that was hurt I apologise.”
cabs are now due to leave for Poland next month, after adverts donated by one of Moses’s companies have been fitted. Daniels said: “As millennials we see things slightly differently from those before us. We understand that with survivors and their saviours passing at an ever increasing rate, we need to figure out how to ensure the generations after us connect with this painful history.” He said paying tribute to the Righteous – “those few incredible non-Jews who risked all to save Jews during the Holocaust” - was important now more than ever. “The most powerful aspect of my work is working with the Righteous,” he said.
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WJR INDONESIA APPEAL RAISES £200K British Jews have raised more than £200,000 for World Jewish Relief’s Indonesia Appeal, after an earthquake and tsunami killed more than 2,000 people in September and left hundreds of thousands homeless. With more than 1,000 still missing and 2,500 injured, the charity’s humanitarian programme manager Mireille Flores this week reported back on the devastation and praised the “huge generosity” of supporters. WJR’s latest appeal has now raised £206,000 for emergency relief kits for survivors in Central Sulawesi, which was hit by widespread lique-
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faction and a six metre wave. “The huge number of missing and dead is horrifying but simply reporting the numbers does not tell the full story,” she said.
“There are hundreds of thousands more people who witnessed extensive loss of life and the destruction of their homes and their communities. They now have to live with this trauma, while also struggling to survive themselves.” Sulawesi has a tropical climate and is about to enter a six-month rainy season. Flores said she had seen some of the 980 camps housing the homeless but the quake and tsunami damaged infrastructure including waste management plants. The charity’s kits, delivered through a trusted local partner
organisation, include toolkits for the homeless to build their own shelters, because Flores said many families were currently living in tents “put together with foraged items”. They also contain hygiene kits with items such as nappies, sanitary products, underwear and menstrual products “because in the midst of an emergency, biological processes do not stop… Ignoring this fact removes the dignity of women and girls and risks serious public health challenges”. Supporters who wish to donate can do so through WJR’s website.
A pig’s head was hung at the entrance to a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ramat HaSharon. The vandalism incident occurred on Friday morning at the Sukkat Shaul synagogue. Police opened an investigation into the incident. Tensions have run high between religious and secular residents of the city, especially during the run-up to municipal elections. A run-off in the mayoral race is scheduled for Tuesday. Incumbent mayor Avi Gruber has been accused of being hostile to the community’s religious population.
U.S. ANTISEMITISM GOES UP BY A THIRD Hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 percent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released this week by the FBI. Overall, hate crimes increased by 17 percent in 2017, the data showed, with 7,175 hate crimes reported, up from 6,121 in 2016. Some of the increase may be because more police departments are reporting hate crimes data to the FBI than ever before.
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News / Donor nominated / Harassment claims / Prince’s 70th
Charity star’s honour A Jewish man from Borehamwood who has raised £12,000 for a blood cancer charity and twice donated stem cells and bone marrow has been nominated for a top award. Simeon Barnett, a negotiation consultant, is one of three nominees for the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards, with the winner to be announced at a Tower of London ceremony next week. The charity matches people who donate blood stem cells or bone marrow to those with blood cancer and blood disorders, who need lifesaving transplants. Barnett donated bone marrow in March last year and stem cells in December, alongside raising £12,000 for the charity, including £6,000 by running this year’s London Marathon. He also raised money by
Nominated: Simeon Barnett
hosting an auction at work, with his employer offering £5,000 as a result. Asked about the nomination, he said: “I was humbled. To know I had been nominated was a little bit crazy.” The Anthony Nolan charity became a familiar name to the Jewish community after high-
profile campaigns for two Jewish women – Sharon Berger and Sipy Howard – diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Berger’s son, Jonni, led a groundbreaking campaign urging Jewish community members to #Spit4Mum, in reference to the way stem cells are taken, which led to thousands of British Jews registering as potential donors. Barnett said blood cancer charities such as Anthony Nolan and DKMS “are constantly looking for bone marrow or stem cell donors who can save the lives of people with blood cancer… This is especially true in the Jewish community where ethnicity can play such a big part in matching donors with patients”. • See https://bit.ly/1klOfQc
LORD ‘OFFERED PEERAGE FOR SEX’ A Jewish peer is facing a four-year suspension from the House of Lords after a misconduct committee found sexual harassment allegations against him credible. Liberal Democrat peer Lord (Anthony) Lester, 82, a leading defender of human rights who co-founded the Runnymede Trust think tank, is said to have offered charity founder Jasvinder Sanghera “corrupt induce-
ments to become his mistress”. Bestselling author Sanghera told how Lester offered to make her a peer in return for sex. She presented six witnesses before the Lords’ committee and said he threatened recriminations if she refused his advances. Lester says the allegations are “completely untrue” and tweeted that the investigation was “flawed and unfair”.
Charles gets 5ft card Rabbis and imams commissioned a special 1.5 metre (5ft) handwritten “interfaith birthday card” for Prince Charles’ 70th this week, with Biblical and Qur’anic quotes. The card, by a professional scribe, was organised by the Council of Imams and Rabbis of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and was warmly received. Religious leaders said the card represented four key passions of the heirto-the-throne, namely service, charity, humanity and beauty, while the foundation’s patron, Sheida Moussavi, said
its creation also reflected the prince’s “special interest” in interfaith relations. Rabbi Ivan Binstock of St John’s Wood United Synagogue said praying for the Royal Family came naturally to Jews, who do so every Shabbat service. Imam Qayum from East London Mosque said the religious leaders wanted “to use this opportunity to reflect on the many beneficial contributions of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who not only engages with people of all faith, but defends the practice of all faiths in this country”.
BANKSY ART ‘RACIST’ Bansky faced criticism this week over his latest artwork – a satirical poster depicting children using an Israeli watchtower as a fun ride with the slogan “Visit historic Palestine” above the line: “The Israeli army liked it so much they never left!” Israeli art collector Batia Ofer took to social media to accuse the street artist of antisemitism, while Alan Mendoza, of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “Artistic expression cannot provide cover for the perpetuation of old tropes. The art community should take note that a prominent collector like Batia Ofer is taking a stand against Banksy on antisemitism.”
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Jewish sites evacuated Fires racing through California have led to the evacuation of over 260,000 people, burned more than 83,000 acres and destroyed over 170 buildings, including Jewish institutions. Jewish buildings including several synagogues turned to social media pages to distribute information, and to offer support. Many held Havdalah services last Saturday night at nearby sites, most livestreamed on their social media pages, to provide support and healing. At the Ilan Ramon Day School in Agoura, California, the school’s computer lab, administration building and a bathroom were destroyed and
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a $750,000 GoFundMe page was launched to rebuild it. School head Yuri Hronsky wrote on Facebook: “Our
school is about heart and soul, not about brick and mortar.” The fire also reached the Shalom Institute, a camp and
conference centre in Malibu, where staff, animals and Torah scrolls were reportedly safely evacuated on Friday. Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Camp Hess Kramer told families “at least some structures” at the camp were consumed by fire but its Torah scrolls were evacuated, as were four at the Reform Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks Some 175 families of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue were evacuated from their homes. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for families and institutions in Calabasas, Malibu and Thousand Oaks.
TRIBUTES ARE PAID TO STAN LEE Stan Lee, co-creator of Marvel Comics and iconic characters such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, has died aged 95. Born Stanley
Martin Lieber in 1922, he was rushed to hospital from his Hollywood Hills home on Monday and later died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. The well-known American-Jewish writer,
who recently suffered pneumonia, founded Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in 1961. The Walt Disney Company, owner of Marvel Entertainment, saluted Lee’s “unmatchable” life
and career. “Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there,” it said. Chairman and chief executive Bob Iger said: “Stan Lee had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”
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A group of observant Jewish football fans flew from Argenina to Spain just so they could watch an important match in real-time while not breaking Shabbat – only for the game to be called off. The final of the Copa Libertadores de America between Boca Juniors and River Plate was hit by heavy rain and postponed for 24 hours.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally apologised for the country’s refusal to take in 907 Jews fleeing persecution in 1939. The families were aboard the MS St. Louis. The US and Cuba also turned them away. The ship had to return to Europe, where a quarter of the passengers died in the Holocaust. See page 39
The only synagogue in what is now Russia to be destroyed during Kristallnact is about to reopen 80 years after the event. The New Synagogue of Koenigsberg, in Kaliningrad – formerly Germany – has been rebuilt as a replica of the huge shul. The Chabad affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia said it was ‘very symbolic’.
A photo of Hitler hugging a girl he knew was Jewish was auctioned in Maryland this week, fetching £8,400. The signed picture was taken at the Nazi leader’s home in the Bavarian Alps in 1933 and shows him with Rosa Bernile Nienau, who became known as ‘the Fuhrer’s sweetheart.’ The two shared a birthday.
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Ladies on the cutting edge Following Angela Merkel’s recent Israel visit, a group of women hatched a plan to ensure a lead role in the innovation nation, reports Joe Millis Earlier this year, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Israel with a business delegation, she had a photo op with local and visiting entrepreneurs. Apart from Merkel, they were all pale, male and stale. In response, a group of Israeli women entrepreneurs had a plan: they Photoshopped images of
WMN network founder Merav Oren
Merkel with themselves – and a few male supporters – outside Israeli landmarks. The results went viral. For Merav Oren, founder of the WMN network of Israeli women entrepreneurs, this marked a turning point since it showed their growing role in making Israel the ‘innovation nation’. “I need to wake up feeling passionate about my job,” said Oren, a serial entrepreneur who had her first job aged just eight, as she spoke in the 28th floor offices of Amazon Israel in Tel Aviv’s Sarona district. She had her first break when she told a male friend she wanted to be a partner in the company for which she worked. “I told him I was going to ask for a 15 percent share. He said: ‘Why not 50 percent, take it or leave it?’ “The boss decided to take it, I bought 50 percent of the company and then bought him out. “I became chief executive officer [CEO], but still people thought I was
the secretary.” She said WMN’s goal is for companies in the network to have at least a woman founder or a CEO. WMN helps women to start their own businesses, and to not be afraid of failure – a common theme among Israeli entrepreneurs, male or female. Failure is not stigmatised in Israel, as long as you learn from your mistakes. “WMN is a game changer for women entrepreneurs. Our mission is to have more women-led ventures. We do this by providing our community members with a co-working space, professional events and workshops, along with mentors and networking opportunities and leading men and women in the industry who want to pay it all forward.” Oren gives the example of Maya Gura, who sold her first company to eBay. “She called me and said she wanted to mentor the group. I said, I’ve heard of [Israeli entrepreneur] Ron Gura, but not of a Maya Gura, how
come I have never heard about you? “It turns out Ron is her brotherin-law, and Maya didn’t want to be in front, even though she was behind some of the ideas the company sold. “I told her: ‘That’s the last time I hear you talk that way. You have to take your place at the top table and say what you are doing out loud.’” Women in Israel, Oren noted, made up only five to seven percent of founders or CEOs of start-ups, “but we want to change that through our networking”. One of the problems Israeli women entrepreneurs face is the fact that, unlike their male counterparts, they have not networked in military units that have formed the base of the country’s high-tech boom, such as the ultrasecret 8200 intelligence unit. Enter 8200 alumna Neta-Li Meiri – she was an English-language analyst and liaison with foreign counterparts, who is managing director of the 8200 Social Program. The programme,
8200 Social Program’s Neta-Li Meiri
which is made up of 8200 alumni, is the first of its kind in Israel for social technology (social impact) ventures. “We are seeking solutions from the bottom up, and we have 60 mentors, most of them female,” she said. “We have raised more than $35 million (£27.3m) for social projects since 2012. We are a not-for-profit [organisation], and we insist that in the companies we support, the financial bottom line and the social bottom line do not con-
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Bibi: Israel is now ‘Innovation Nation’
Above: The group with an image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Lawyer/entrepreuneur Do’a Khreish
tradict each other. We also ensure we partner the companies we support, not just donate funds to them.” Among the start-ups the programme has backed are: Novotalk, which provides a full therapeutic solution for people who stutter; SmartAir, which helps asthma patients who struggle to assess their condition and prevent exacerbations; and Voiceitt, which aids the millions of children and adults who find verbal communication a nearly insurmountable task. In Nazareth, lawyer/entrepreneur Do’a Khreish faces additional problems to those encountered by her
don’t want to start up small businesses. Many also think making money is the man’s role. Finally, they don’t want to be seen competing with males”. Despite the problems facing women entrepreneurs in Israel – both Jewish and Arab – there have been remarkable successes. One of the three companies that won the Israeli Prime Minister’s award for innovation went to a firm founded and headed by a woman: Emedgene, which has developed an artificial intelligencebased system for automatically managing, analysing, and interpreting vast amounts of genetic information.
Jewish counterparts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. First, there’s a need to overcome the male-oriented bias in Arab society, and second, the women have to believe they can be entrepreneurs. Khreish, who previously studied biology at Technion and taught, said: “About 60 percent of women with degrees in the Arab sector are unemployed because they want to be teachers to fit in with their families’ lives. However, because of a surplus, they are left waiting for the Ministry of Education to give them jobs.” One of the main problems in the Arab sector is “risk-aversion, so they
Forget the Start-up Nation. Israel is now the Innovation Nation, according to Benjamin Netanyahu, writes Joe Millis. The Israeli prime minister was speaking at this month’s Israeli Innovation Summit 2018: Innovation for a Better World. The event, attended by Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of Google and its parent company Alphabet, Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group and leaders of Israel’s high-tech industries, marked the opening of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. Netanyahu said: “There is something happening in Israel when the vice president of the world’s secondlargest economy visits to view its innovative spirit. “We have become the Innovation Nation and we want to innovate with you around the world – and if you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t seen anything yet.” Israel spends 4.3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development (R&D), the highest in the world, according
to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. By contrast the UK spends only 1.7 percent of its GDP on R&D. Netanyahu said the investment was paying off in the fields of digital health, agriculture and fighting pollution. “We must not rest on our laurels, though. Our mission is to keep Israel as a global tech force,” he noted. Innovation, added the prime minister, was “a force for peace, and our growing ties with the Arab world are based on common threats and opportunities in the fields of water, health and communications”. He called on the Arab states to “partner with Israel, for your sakes, for our sakes and for the world’s sake”. Indeed, Netanyahu has visited Muscat in Oman to hold talks with its leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Wang said: “Over seven decades, Israel has transformed from a country of immigrants with a weak foundation to one of the few developed countries in the Middle East thanks to innovation. “Israel is now a world-renowned country of innovation. There is a lot in common between our countries and a lot to achieve through cooperation.”
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21 faith leaders Jewish News, British Muslim TV, The Church Times and Coexist House have joined forces to celebrate 21 young leaders who champion dialogue and break down barriers
THE JUDGES Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra Islamic Scholar and Imam Sarah Joseph OBE Writer and Broadcaster
Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi Director General of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
Senior Rabbi of Golders Green Synagogue and Chief Rabbinic Consultant of University Jewish Chaplaincy
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner Senior Rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Joseph Dweck
Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community
Rev Michaela Youngson
President of the Methodist Conference
Archbishop Kevin McDonald
Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark and Interfaith lead for the Roman Catholic Church
The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle Dean of Winchester
Jonathan Hellewell Special adviser on communities to Prime Minister Theresa May Sir Bernard Rix Coexist House Michael Wakelin Coexist House Josh Cass The Faith & Belief Forum Andrew Gilbert Chair
oung Christians, Muslims and Jews at the forefront of interfaith cooperation in the UK are honoured today in a unique collaboration between media outlets from the three faiths, writes Justin Cohen. British Muslim TV, Church Times and Jewish News, together with Coexist House, joined forces for the “21 for 21” project to identify and profile inspiring individuals aged under 40 who are increasing dialogue and breaking down barriers – particularly as volunteers, but also in their working lives. After receiving around 100 nominations, our expert panel of judges representing the various strands of each of the Abrahamic faiths selected our list of 21 – seven from each faith – that we publish today across the three outlets, alongside a group of “highly commended” nominees. They include a hip hop artist, radio presenter, community café owner and a Muslim Hebrew teacher. It is believed this is the first time media outlets from different faiths have cooperated in such a way anywhere in the world.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: “At a time of concern about antisemitism and Islamophobia, this initiative between media outlets of different faiths is more important than ever. “Despite the challenges, we have much to be proud of when it comes to the depth and breadth of interfaith cooperation in this country. It is right we should celebrate those leading the way now and in the future.” The launch of the list – supported by the Faith & Belief Forum – coincides with national Interfaith Week and the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, who has made community relations a priority and vowed to be defender of faith. “The number 21 was chosen because relations between our communities remains a key challenge for this century,” said a spokesman for the project. “Those on our list – and many of the others who were nominated – are truly leaders for the 21st century. “The narrative of faiths in constant conflict is all too dominant today – often perpetuated by the media – but our three outlets are proud
to shine a light on the young people working daily to further so many positive interactions taking place in the UK. “The ‘21 for 21’ will bring their efforts to the attention of more people in all three communities as well as in the wider country.” Chairman of the judges Andrew Gilbert said: “Organising the process was an honour and a challenge and it was no easy task to select the final list. “Their contribution to interfaith work is a vital aspect of our society and it would be good to create meeting points for them and the other nominees to work together in future.” Sir Bernard Rix, chair of trustees of Coexist House, added: “The nurturing of young talent in the field of interfaith understanding is crucial to the well-being of our communities – especially at this critical time in our nation’s history. Coexist House, as a founder partner in the ‘21 for 21’ project, is proud to support these pioneering individuals as they help to transform the role of religion in the UK.”
OUR TRAILBLAZING 21 FAITH FIGURES: MUSLIMS Arzoo Ahmed
Arzoo is dedicated to promoting synergy between religion and science that extends far beyond her immediate faith community. She is the director of the Centre for Islam and Medicine, an interdisciplinary bioethics centre that undertakes research, education and policy engagement around themes at the intersection of healthcare, technology, ethics and faith. A former chair of the Young Muslim Advisory Group, Arzoo participated in the 2018 Senior Faith Leadership Programme, and has previously worked with disadvantaged young people on interfaith projects in the UK and South Africa. The 32-year-old Oxford graduate also manages the publication of Al-Muhaddithat, a 40-volume encyclopaedia on the history of Muslim female scholarship. Praised by Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski, Senior Rabbi at Golders Green Synagogue, as a “highly capable thinker and leader”, Arzoo’s academic credentials include an MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought and she is currently undertaking an MA in Philosophy at King’s College London. Her research interests include the soul, epistemology, ethics and gender studies. Arzoo has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Office for Public Management, completing projects for the NHS, Macmillan Cancer Support and London Creative Labs.
Mohammed is a hip-hop artist who uses his music, poetry and spoken word to promote peace and interfaith dialogue. The 37-year-old has formerly partnered with MC/poet Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein to demonstrate Jewish-Muslim collaboration in music and teach young people about expressing themselves. He has also partnered with West London Synagogue in its Peace by Piece programme as interfaith programming officer, bringing Muslim and Jewish teenagers together over the past seven years. The programme encourages interfaith learning, supports local vulnerable communities and showcases emerging artists through a busy programme of regular events. These include teaming up with Feeding Folk to deliver meals to London’s street homeless every month, hosting four annual art and culture showcase events, and a lecture and discussion series on issues of identity. Highlighted by Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, community educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism, for his “unique skills and talents”, Mohammed continues to help people across faith divides to have difficult, but important, conversations together instead of remaining in silos. Outside of interfaith work, Mohammed continues to establish his career as a hip-hop artist with his group, Native Sun.
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for the 21st century Councillor Hashim Bhatti
Alongside running his own technology and property business, Hashim was elected in 2015 as the first British-Pakistani Conservative Councillor for Clewer North in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Distinguished by Aya Bdaiwi, communication and project manager at the Faiths Forum for London, as a “change-maker and exceptional leader”, the 29-year-old also chairs the youth wing of the Conservative Muslim Forum and is a member of the US Embassy’s flagship Young Leaders programme. A former parliamentary researcher for Lord Sheikh, Hashim recently hosted an interfaith afternoon tea for 20 young activists in the House of Lords to discuss opportunities for collaboration. He also hosts an annual Eid-ul-Adha reception in Parliament to educate MPs about Islam, and currently sits on the regional board of Tell MAMA. In addition, Hashim has spoken at the Buddhist Vihara temple on interfaith and mentored students through the Three Faiths Forum. His numerous accolades include JCI naming him as one of the UK’s 10 outstanding young leaders, and being a ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ finalist at the 2017 Local Government Awards.
Asmaa is an educator and community volunteer for the Somali Bravanese community who also works on interfaith projects with Finchley Reform Synagogue. A refugee who emigrated to the UK after fleeing the Somali civil war, Asmaa now devotes her time to running homework and women’s literacy clubs in Barnet, offering more than 150 families educational and social support. The 37-year-old also regularly visits mainstream schools with Rabbi Miriam Berger, of Finchley Reform Synagogue, to teach the similarities between Judaism and Islam. She frequently speaks out against Islamophobia, and led efforts to raise £1.1 million to rebuild the Somalia Bravanese Welfare Association’s community hall following an arson attack in 2013. Asmaa’s efforts were recognised by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, when he presented her with a Point of Light Award. The award recognises outstanding individuals and groups who are making impactful change in their communities. Described by Rabbi Berger as a “most inspiring role model”, Asmaa is a fervent believer that there is much more that unites than divides us.
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As programme officer of ParliaMentors at the Faith & Belief Forum, Aqeelah provides students from diverse faith and belief backgrounds with leadership opportunities, access to MPs and assistance with shared social action projects. This year, she supported students at Queen Mary University to start an interfaith allotment funded by the Board of Deputies. Aqeelah has also spoken in Parliament about increasing diversity in Westminster and how leaders from different faiths can work together. While studying at the University of Nottingham, the 25-year-old was interfaith officer for the Islamic Society, where she organised a large interfaith dinner, campaigned for halal and kosher provision on campus, and ran a project with other faith groups to reduce hate crime. Aqeelah also participated in the annual Jewish-Muslim roundtable held at Ammerdown, offering a student perspective on issues affecting Muslim and Jewish communities the UK. She is currently working with non-governmental organisation New Horizons In British Islam, on issues facing Muslim communities. Always respectful and understanding, Aqeelah’s “light-hearted and friendly demeanour”, in the words of Councillor Hashim Bhatti, makes her a highly-approachable individual.
Ryad has more than 10 years’ experience working on interfaith and community development in Luton and Bedfordshire. He is currently community relationship development officer for Luton Council of Faiths (LCoF), an organisation committed to promoting tolerance, respect and mutual understanding among people of all faiths and cultures. Applauded by David Jonathan, director of LCoF, as “exceptionally gifted with imagination, creativity and intrapreneurship”, the 37-year-old has pioneered numerous community interfaith projects, often combining ethics with sports and science to build bridges in one of the most challenging, diverse towns in the country. For example, for the past eight years, Ryad has run an annual Peace Walk with a year of activities culminating in International Peace Day. Notably, Ryad’s ‘Making Luton a Fairtrade Town’ campaign, which promoted fairtrade products across faiths, successfully resulted in Luton becoming a Fairtrade Town in 2011 and receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Fairtrade Foundation UK in 2012. Ryad’s numerous accolades include being nominated Citizen of the Year at Luton’s Best Awards and becoming an Honorary Friend of the Luton Polish Community.
Rubab Mehdi Rizvi A human rights barrister and interfaith activist, Rubab organised her first multifaith conference in Pakistan aged just 13, an event sponsored by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. The 38-year-old has continued to speak out on Christian rights in Pakistan ever since, both publicly and behind the scenes, including successfully appealing against the treatment of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court. Rubab also chairs the International Imam Hussain Council, a Pakistan-based charity promoting interfaith
understanding, and is a fervent advocate for the rights of religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. A former European spokesperson for the Pakistan Ministry of Human Rights, she remains a highly-respected and popular figure in the Pakistan-Christian community. Celebrated as “dynamic and inspirational” by Julian Bond, a freelance interfaith activist who nominated her, Rubab also runs an annual awards event in the House of Lords recognising the achievements of women of faith. Always courageous in speaking out on sensitive issues, Rubab has played a critical role in securing a place for women in settings dominated by men.
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Transforming our OUR TRAILBLAZING 21 FAITH FIGURES: JEWS Ben Reiff
Distinguished by Canon James Walters, director of the London School of Economics’ Faith Centre, as a “truly outstanding leader”, Ben has successfully implemented his vision for improved interfaith dialogue at the LSE. While juggling a BSc in international relations and history, the 21-year-old founded pioneering student group, Voices of Israel-Palestine. The society exposes students to the plurality of experiences within the region by screening documentary films and inviting Israeli and Palestinian activists, academics, politicians and journalists to offer their unique perspectives. Speakers have included Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian and Deputy Israeli Ambassador Sharon Bar-li. Under Ben’s watch, the society has flourished and become a blueprint for discourse on other campuses. His commitment to peace and interfaith work began during his gap year, when for three months he coached football in a school in Karmiel, northern Israel, for Jews, Muslims and Christians, and volunteered as a young mentor for RSY Netzer. He has also been heavily involved in the pro-peace organisation Yachad. Ben is committed to the long-term sustainability of the society and is currently supporting a new cohort of students to grow its impact next year.
Anna is the founder and director of ToastLoveCoffee, an innovative community café located in the diverse community of Harehills, Leeds. Working with Anita, a Christian Albanian asylum seeker she helped release from detention, Anna opened the ’pay as much as you feel’ café in 2014. As part of The Real Junk Food Network, the café intercepts food destined for landfill and relies on food donations to avoid waste. In return for coffee, toast and other treats, customers offer their money, time or a skill to help nurture the growing multifaith community. The café operates as both a community centre and a safe space rooted in the Jewish values of social action and tikkun olam. Highlighted by Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, community educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism, for her “determined and creative” nature, the 39-year-old has previously organised an event at Leeds University called Many Voices to foster safe discussions around Israel and Palestine. Anna is also a trustee at Together For Peace, which supports a wide range of interfaith projects in the region, and previously worked as a northern fieldworker for RSY-Netzer.
Rabbi Miriam Berger
Rabbi Miriam is Principal Rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) and has led numerous cross-communal initiatives between Christians, Jews and Muslims. Most notably, when the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association (SBWA) lost their community centre to an arson attack in June 2013, Miriam, working with Charlotte Fischer from London Citizens, laid the groundwork that enabled Ramadan prayers to take place at FRS. This hospitality has continued for five years, whilst the SBWA has struggled to find a new home, bringing hundreds of volunteers from both communities together each night during Ramadan to provide a warm welcome to worshippers. Epitomised by Sadiq Khan as the “coolest rabbi” he has ever met, the 39-year-old has also initiated the use of FRS as a homeless shelter in a rota with Barnet churches, and is currently lobbying for a pedestrian crossing to improve local road safety for school children. Miriam also campaigns for better mental health services in Barnet, especially for young people with eating disorders, and has recently established FRS as a ‘Community That Cares’ about isolation and loneliness.
Philip plays a leading role in formulating policy and advocating for interfaith dialogue as the director of public affairs at the Board of Deputies (BoD). Praised by Marie van der Zyl, BoD president as a “tremendous asset” for his knowledge of practical theology and interfaith politics, the 32-year-old offers strategic guidance while working on special projects with Downing Street and Lambeth Palace. Philip also represents the BoD at regular meetings between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community, and is co-chair of Camden Council’s Faith Leader’s Forum. The group tackles hate crime and extremism by supporting faith infrastructure, promoting faith-based social action and celebrating the contribution of faith to Camden. Philip has also worked as director of Faiths Forum for London, in which he organised a youth conference with the Mayor of London and faith leaders following the London riots, and hosted a multifaith solidarity event after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. He also spearheaded the creation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, which has campaigned successfully on religious freedom and Holocaust restitution.
Hannah Kaufman As president of the Jewish Society at the London School of Economics (LSE) and student leader for the Council of Christians and Jews, Hannah has transformed the national conversation around the role of interfaith in challenging antisemitism on campus. Notably, this included proposing a motion at the national Union of Jewish Students (UJS) Conference to promote interfaith on campus, which passed unanimously. The 21-year-old has also met with Lord Bourne, Minister of Faith, to discuss interfaith relations and has examined the government’s integration strategy with Theresa May’s faith adviser.
Last summer, she was personally selected by the US State Department for the International Visitors Leadership Program, a prestigious programme for current and emerging international leaders whose alumni include the current Prime Minister along with former leaders Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Hannah’s tailored programme included meetings with various interfaith and communal organisations, such as the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, one of the largest mosques in the United States. She was pplauded as a “driven and principled campaigner for inclusion and tolerance” by Katherine Crew, campus leadership manager at the Council of Christians and Jews, and her accolades include an Interfaith Event Award from UJS and an LSE Student Union Lifetime Membership Award.
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faith in the future Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers
Rabbi Debbie is currently the community educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism. Known for her “humour and hospitality”, according to Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism, and with 20 years’ experience working in interfaith initiatives, the 38-year-old has become a trusted voice, passionate about understanding and celebrating differences. She has previously served as the chair of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, helped establish an interfaith course for trainee rabbis at Leo Baeck College, and contributed to numerous books on Jewish-Christian theology. While working in her first rabbinic post at West London Synagogue, Debbie established the Peace by Piece Study Programme with An-nisa Supplementary School. The initiative brings together 16 Jews and Muslims for a year-long programme exploring faith and culture. Debbie also assists with the interfaith training of Christian Clergy at Queens Ecumenical Foundation, speaks at international conferences and teaches in colleges with All Faiths and None. A respected broadcaster and writer, she has appeared on the Ask The Alim show on British Muslim TV and regularly contributes to Radio 2’s Pause For Thought.
Lauren organised one of the most successful interfaith weeks on any university campus as Leeds University Union’s faith representative. Hundreds of students were engaged across 13 events that included Speed Faithing, a talk by the Bereaved Circle Family Forum and a student-led Scriptural Reasoning event. An interfaith football match, yoga session and open mic night likewise proved popular. Lauren also organised for the York Jewish community to have an interfaith cheder alongside their interfaith service, which was attended by the mayor. The 22-year-old has also created a Facebook page called Faiths Together to promote positive faith stories, and organised an interfaith homeless food collection on Mitzvah Day. Lauren also visited Ghana last year on the Chief Rabbi’s Ben Azzai Programme, raising awareness in the community for how social responsibility is integral to Jewish identity. Praised as a “complete powerhouse when it comes to making change” by Maya Skaarbrevik, student fieldworker at the Movement for Reform Judaism, Lauren has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 UJS Interfaith Project of the Year Award, the Emerging Jewish Leadership Award and the UJIA Joy Cohen Award for Outstanding Young Leadership by a Woman.
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Engaging, inspiring OUR TRAILBLAZING 21 FAITH FIGURES: CHRISTIANS Georgia May
As programme director at the Rose Castle Foundation, Georgia is responsible for designing and leading residential programmes for peacemakers across the globe, including in the US, Oman, India and Nepal. Most notably, Georgia was instrumental in organising the Emerging Peacemakers Forum (EPF) in July. The 10-day programme brought together 50 emerging leaders from the UK and across the Middle East, in partnership with Al-Azhar University in Egypt and Lambeth Palace. Hosted at Cambridge’s Churchill College, participants engaged in discussions around reconciliation, peacemaking and interfaith. Many of the participants shared and subsequently worked on practical cross-border projects, supported by the 24-year-old Durham graduate and her team. Praised by fellow EPF participant Hamzah Zahid as a “paragon among interfaith practitioners”, Georgia also co-ordinates the Scriptural Reasoning programme for the Cambridge University Interfaith Programme, working in schools, universities, hospitals and neighbourhoods to foster unity between Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. Georgia also supports the Senior Faith Leadership Programme each year at Windsor Castle, where she co-ordinates the Scriptural reasoning element.
Making Britain a safer, more cohesive and values-based nation for people of all faiths is Rob’s motivation. The 26-year-old works tirelessly to co-ordinate faith-based responses to extremist and populist threats in his role as senior programme manager at the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ). A Methodist local preacher and dedicated interfaith activist, Rob delivers the only Holocaust education programme for Christian clergy in the UK. This includes producing resources, organising conferences and events, and coordinating work in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and the Association of Jewish Refugees. Rob leads annual seminars at Yad Vashem and maintains an alumni network in the UK for church leaders addressing historic antisemitism in the beliefs and practices of the church, while equipping clergy to become Holocaust educators. He also helps prevent the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from causing tensions in British communities by promoting inter-religious engagement and co-leading study tours to the region. According to CCJ director Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, Rob’s “mature wisdom and gentle confidence” continues to inspire leaders and grassroots activists to overcome their differences.
Dr Kevin Gunan Shang
As a Chinese Christian, Kevin uses his nuanced understanding of how different cultures interact to develop interfaith relations in Manchester. The 28-year-old has played a substantial role in uniting Christian and Muslim communities, implementing an activity called ‘Saturday Breakfast’ in Moss Side – one of Manchester’s most ethnically-segregated areas. The programme encouraged Christians and Muslims to develop understanding through dialogue in an informal setting. Kevin is also a presenter on BBC Radio Manchester’s bilingual Eastern Horizon programme, inviting people of different faiths to share their life stories. He is a participant on the Faith and Belief Forum’s ParliaMentors interfaith leadership programme, which has included conducting a social research project mentored by William Wragg MP. Kevin also volunteers at Alexandria Library on Bible translations (English, Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and Urdu), and helps children from Buddhist families develop their speech and language skills. Described by Tim Mortimer, programme manager at the Faith & Belief Forum, as a “super enthusiastic and kind person whose positive nature rubs off on everyone he’s around”, Kevin is highly respected for his interfaith work across Manchester.
A recognised expert on student interfaith, Katherine currently works as campus leadership manager at the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ). Her passion for interfaith work began after witnessing tensions caused by misunderstandings between religions while studying at the University of Leeds. Katherine subsequently became the interfaith coordinator for the Christian Union, where she mediated between faiths and restored relations, culminating in the creation of a Faith Fair run by eight religious societies. Since joining the CCJ in 2016, Katherine has designed and implemented a Campus Leadership Programme from scratch, developing interfaith networks on university campuses across the country. The programme this year reached 475 students, half of whom had never attended an interfaith event before. In words of one student: “Katherine was fantastic, open-minded and communicative. I couldn’t recommend her enough!” The 27-year-old also sits on the Faith Network’s Advisory Group for young people and the Church of England roundtable on combatting antisemitism through chaplaincies. Outside of work, Katharine preaches in Methodist churches across Hertfordshire as part of her Local Preacher training.
Sharon Booth Sharon founded Solutions Not Sides (SNS) in 2010 to tackle antisemitism, anti-Muslim hate and polarisation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more than eight years, Sharon has been working with young people from diverse backgrounds across Europe, highlighting the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and elevating the voices of Israelis and Palestinians working to challenge the status quo. By tackling prejudices and misconceptions around the history of the conflict, SNS aims to shift attitudes away from supporting one side against the other, and towards seeking a solution for all those involved.
A fluent French and Arabic speaker who has studied ancient Hebrew, the thirty-eight-year-old has a master’s degree from King’s College, London in ‘Terrorism, Security and Society’, specialising in nationalism and religion. She has also previously worked as a project officer at the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East. Praised by Alexander Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey, as “unafraid” of any challenge with an “enormous vision”, Sharon’s quality programme engages with young people in the UK from all backgrounds to deliver meaningful progress towards peace.
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and uniting Britain Rev Heston Groenewald
Rev Heston sees interfaith work as a natural part of his role as vicar of All Hallows Church in Leeds. A “caring individual who opens his arms to all communities”, in the words of Near Neighbours Coordinator (West Yorkshire) Kaneez Khan, Heston opened a Syrian Kitchen in 2016 enabling local Syrians to spend the day at his church cooking a range of meals and sharing their culture with others. Long-term friendships have been established between the Syrian community, the local church community and students who come to volunteer with the kitchen. The 37-year-old also recently joined with Muslims and Jews to lead a counter demonstration against a far-right gathering in Leeds, in a public demonstration of unity. Heston also works in partnership with the student union at Leeds University to collect and donate items left behind by students at the end of the academic year. Last year, the community free shop supported a family whose house had burnt down by giving them essential items to help rebuild their home. Heston always leads by example and his cheerful, welcoming and generous personality is highly infectious.
Praised as an “energetic and capable” leader by the Revd Lindsay Meader, Associate Rector at St James’ Church, Piccadilly, Ruth has worked exceptionally hard to unite Christians and Muslims in central London. Over the past two years, the 26-year-old pastoral assistant has helped develop an interfaith Iftar at St James’ in collaboration with City Circle, a group of liberally-minded Muslims. The Iftar meals involve hundreds of Muslims and Christians coming together during Ramadan to eat and listen to topical discussions, such as welcoming refugees and Islamophobia. Previous speakers have included influential politicians such as Baroness Warsi, and this year Shaykh Haytham Tamim offered an Islamic perspective on hospitality. In conjunction with a Muslim organisation, the Aziz Foundation, Ruth also coordinates a breakfast drop-in for refugees and those without recourse to public funds at the church every Saturday morning. She has also created the Peace Feast in which young Christians and Muslims share a meal in St James’ and discuss topical questions around politics, family, faith and culture. Ruth continues to unite people across faith lines and last month began her ordination training to become an Anglican priest.
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Praised by Rebbetzin Vicki Belovski as “genuine, thoughtful and intelligent”, Nadiya played a substantial role in spreading Scriptural Reasoning across the country while working at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme. As Project Manager, the 29-year-old organised numerous sessions and conferences on interfaith dialogue, including an annual summer school for emerging international faith leaders, which provided interfaith training to religious leaders from across the world. Many of the participants have since used Scriptural Reasoning to build bridges between communities in their own countries. Nadiya will shortly be starting work at the Rose Castle Foundation and is currently completing her masters in Islamic studies at SOAS.
Zain has been teaching Hebrew at the Wimbledon and District Synagogue (WDS) for the past two years. Highlighted for his “high social understanding and cultural sensitivity” by Stella Mason, Chair of the Education Committee at WDS, the 23-year-old quickly won the respect and affection of his students. Zain also instigated an exchange between young people at Wimbledon synagogue and his mosque- the Minhaj ul Quran Mosque in Forest Gate. Through shared experiences, such as making Challah for the homeless, students developed an understanding of each other’s religion and culture. Every week during Ramadan 2018, Zain also hosted a radio programme on his mosque’s channel that discussed key interfaith issues.
Hirai is Project Manager of New Horizons in British Islam, where she works tirelessly to provide a positive vision of what it means to be a Muslim today through critical discussions around identity, tradition and reform. Distinguished by Alexander Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey, as a “dynamic” young leader passionate about bridging community divides, the 28-year-old has orchestrated numerous interfaith projects, including one funded by Google. A former Events Manager for Amnesty International UK, in which she oversaw around 500 events in the Human Rights Action Centre, Hirra continues to utilise her experiences to reach out to Jewish and Christian leaders to forge pragmatic dialogue.
Charlotte organised and facilitated more than 100 interfaith and social action projects across the UK while being Interfaith Officer for Mitzvah Day. In just two years, the 26-year-old more than doubled the number of interfaith projects run on Mitzvah Day to 115, involving nine different faiths. Praised by Lady Daniela Pears, Interfaith Chair of Mitzvah Day, for her passion which “shines through and inspires others”, Charlotte worked hard to ensure projects took place right across the country, including in small Jewish communities. Last year she also facilitated a ‘blood drive’ in Golders Green when a new Muslim community arrived, ensuring a warm reception from the local Jewish and Christian community.
Ben created The Tent in 2015- a groundbreaking annual project at the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS). Praised by Sara Levan, Director of Jewish Life at JCoSS, as “changing the face of interfaith education”, for a two-week period in the summer term a large tent is pitched outside the school to create a space for interfaith encounters. Students from up to 10 other faith schools are invited to meet with JCoSS students, delivering an important social experience for participants who often have little or no face-to-face contact with young people of other faiths. The 28-yearold’s project has become a successful and popular addition to school life.
Celebrated for his “relaxed and welcoming” demeanour, in the words of Tim Mortimer, Programmes Manager at the Faith & Belief Forum (FBF), Ben has proved highly effective in his role as Programmes Officer of ParliaMentors at the FBF. The 25-year-old successfully organised numerous sessions for the first UK Youth Interfaith Summit in 2015, which brought together over 250 young people. Outside of work, Ben has hosted an Interfaith Shavuot Iftar, volunteered with Citizens UK in Harrow to help resettle refugees, and joined an interfaith team on Mitzvah Day collecting food for a local foodbank. By considering the intersect between race, gender and faith, Ben strives to engage new people in interfaith activities and make participants feel comfortable.
A committed peace activist, Jess is the Middle East Director of Solutions Not Sides. Described as an “incredible talent” by Alexander Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey, Jess works tirelessly to break down barriers of hatred and fear in British communities around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This includes recruiting and training young peace activists for tours to present diverse narratives of the conflict, and supporting them to become change-makers in their communities. A Cambridge graduate who specialised in conflict development and the role of religion in politics, she has also been awarded a fellowship at the Central European University in Budapest. Jess is determined to unite cultures to avoid history repeating itself.
As Interfaith Programme Officer for the Church of Scotland, Mirella organises events in Scotland to unite faith groups through dialogue and social action. Always sympathetic to the experiences of others, last September the 29-year-old organised and co-led a visit to Rwanda where young Muslims and Christians learned about the Rwandan genocide together. She also visited the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to celebrate its 50th anniversary and to understand the experiences of Christians living within a Muslim majority nation. Mirella also participates in theological explorations into the implications of inter-religious dialogue throughout Britain. The Revd Bonnie Evans-Hills says she always brings “wisdom and understanding” to discussions.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Ana is currently Programmes Officer, Schools at the Faith & Belief Forum. Commended by Siobhán Anderson, Programmes Co-ordinator at the Faith & Belief Forum, for her inspirational “patience, passion and care”, Ana is responsible for delivering the organisation’s school workshops programme and leading the London strand of the school speaker programme. She also spearheads the Forum’s Race and Faith Working Group to ensure an intersectional approach between faith, belief and race, both internally and externally. The 27-year-old is also the founder and director of the online media platform Little Portugal Project, which tells the inspiring stories of the Portuguese-speaking community in London.
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Interfaith Awards 2018
Our list shines a light ANDREW GILBERT
CHAIR OF JUDGING PANEL
ustin Cohen’s idea to bring together media outlets working in our three Abrahamic faiths to create a list of young interfaith leaders set an inspirational challenge. Over a number of months Justin, the Jewish News’ news editor, brought together a team. The editor of Church Times offered wisdom and calmness and the feeling of the involvement of a pillar of the establishment. Walking into their offices shared with Hymns Ancient and Modern gave a sense of gravitas. The creative director at British Muslim TV brought the different focus of his community and also focussed on how it would work on TV. Michael Wakelin from Co-Exist, with his BBC experience in religious affairs, shaped the concept with Justin and it was great to add the Faith & Belief Forum as a partner too. Getting nominations in from such a wide community of communities was a real challenge. All involved pushed in their communities but at times it
felt there were so many incredible stories out there and had we made enough contact to hear about them and see nominations. Maybe the challenge is to repeat this and see. The partners worked hard to bring together a set of judges and to inform them we got the judges, the partners and also a large number of interfaith activists to vote. Incredibly, virtually everyone we asked to vote did and they took on the task and really delved into the nominations. The meeting of the judging panel at Central Hall, Westminster, courtesy of the president of the Methodist Conference, was one of the most daunting meetings I have ever had the honour of chairing. How could one compare someone in their early 20s who was a volunteer with a seasoned paid professional? How could one compare specialist interfaith professionals with clergy who made interfaith part of their ministry and activism? Then there was the always difficult challenge of a balance of gender, geography, denomination, age, role and the votes received and the stories told through the nominations. The care and thought of the judges to create the right list was gentle yet firm. looking to balance so many criteria. One of the challenges that effected communities differently was that while the Jewish and Muslim list of nominations spreads throughout the age range, the Christian list was more skewed to an older age group.
For the future, whether this was modesty or structural, it is a challenge for our communities. Overall, we created a list of 21 incredible young interfaith activists and a longer list of 100 nominees. The great challenge to our communities is to bring them together often and regularly and let them build cohesion, learning and partnership across British Jews, Muslims and Christians.
ROLL OF HONOUR: OUR FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS Adeem Younis, Alex Gilmore, Allyson Zacharoff, Amina Khan, Amir Eden, Ana Có, Anna Dyson, Anthony Silkoff, Aqeelah Malek, Arben Ramkaj, Arzoo Ahmed, Asmaa Ali, Aya Bdaiwi, Ayad Marhoon, Ben Abram, Ben Reiff, Benjamin Shapiro, Charlotte Agran, Charly Burridge-Jones, Cllr Hashim Bhatti ,Daniel Heller, Daniel Rafaeli, Dawood Masood, Devora Khaﬁ, Dr Daniel H Weiss, Dr Omar Taha, Ella Grodinski, Esty Bruck, Faeeza Vaid , Flora Nicholson, Georgia May, Gunan Shang, Hannah Kaufman, Hassan Vawda, Hirra Khan Adeogun, Ibrahim Yunus, Imran Sanaullah, Irfan Mohammed, Jessica Brandler, Jodeci Joseph, Jordanna Zetter, Josh Holt, Kamran Siddique, Kat Brealey, Katharine Crew, Lauren Keiles, Mamataj Begum, Medeia Cohan, Mirella Yandoli, Mohammad Ryad Khodabocus, Mohammad Shakir, Mohammed Ali Amla, Mohammed Amejee, Mohammed Yahya, Murshad Habib, Nadia Khan, Nadiya Takolia, Nathan Servi, Nikhwat Marawat, Nina MorrisEvans, Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Pavlos Efthymiou, Persephone Ishma Rizvi, Peter Juha¡sz, Philip McKinley, Philip Rosenberg, Qayum Mannan, Rabbi Benjy Rickman, In association with
Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, Rabbi Lea Muehlstein, Rabbi Miriam Berger, Rabbi Roni Tabick, Rachel Delia Benaim, Rev Heston Groenewald, Rob Thompson, Rubab Mehdi Rizvi, Ruth Edmonds, Saba Zaman, Saimma Dyer, Saleem Seedat, Salma Arif, Samra Kanwal, Sarah Levy, Sarah Naghi, Shalah Akhtar, Sharon Booth, Shereen Williams MBE JP, Simi Ben Hur, Simon Rothstein, Simon Weill, Guy Haroush, Daniel Voignac & Nathan Cavaglione, Sina Cohen, Umar Mahmood Qureshi, Zain Hussain, Zanib Mian
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WIZO UK celebrates 100 yea changing lives and building The year’s events will culminate in 2018 marks WIZOUK’s centenary. 100 WIZOUK’s glittering Gala Dinner, years have passed since the realiwhich is due to take place on 21st sation of a dream by Rebecca November and which will be Sieff, Romana Goodman and attended by over 350 of the Vera Weizmann, to establish great and the good within the an international organisaUK Jewish community. tion comprised of women The largest independent working together as one social welfare organisation to help and support the in Israel, WIZO supports more vulnerable memover 800 projects across bers of Israeli society. the country for every stage For a century, WIZO of life. These include day has remained loyal to the care centres for children, vision and dreams of its emergency centres for babies founders. The key principles and children at risk, 100 afterremain: to support, advance Rebecca Sieff, one of school programmes and youth and improve the lives of every the 3 original founders villages for at-risk teenagers. disadvantaged Israeli citizen, to of WIZO UK Among additional services is suphelp them become self-sufficient port for single parent families, foreign and contributing members of society, language groups for immigrants, shelters for regardless of race, religion, age or economic victims of domestic violence and a retirement home. circumstances. The fundraising focus to mark this special centenary WIZOUK has been celebrating its centenary with a year is the £1.8 million required for the vital renovation series of events across the year, including a Centenary and refurbishment of the WIZO Vocational High School, Bridge Lunch, attended by 116 people and raising over WIZO’s ‘School of Dreams’. Located at the Rebecca £20,000; a Golf Day, for which 100 people braved the Sieff Centre for the Family in Jerusalem, the school rain and raised £18,000; a Centenary Lunch attended by over 300 people, including World WIZO Chairperson, supports teenagers in years 9-12, most of whom arrive Professor Rivka Lazovsky, at which Ronit Ribak-Madari with severe emotional and behavioural and psychiatric problems. Difficulties at home including physical or became the new WIZOUK Chairperson and a Gala sexual abuse and mental health issues have, in the Dinner organised by Leeds WIZO, which raised over majority of instances, £30,000, at which (Judge) Robert Rinder was the guest speaker. led to these vulnerable young people falling victim to violence and drugs. With WIZO’s unique
Babies who slept in orange crates when WIZO first opened, before they could provide proper cots
Bat El, former student of the School of Dreams, who now runs a successful catering business experience and passion, students are able to complete their mainstream education. The school also provides a team of dedicated psychologists, counsellors and social workers, enabling these vulnerable teenagers to become fulfilled individuals and contributing citizens. WIZO helps every student become skilled in one of three marketable trades, including music and sound production, culinary studies and hairdressing. Students also participate in weekly enrichment activities, giving them a real sense of self-worth. More than 80% of graduates go on to find gainful employment and 90% are accepted into the IDF, thereby helping to secure
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ars of futures Israel’s future by strengthening its valuable workforce. This important school renovation and refurbishment project will enable WIZO to continue supporting vulnerable teenagers for many years to come. Centres such as these are vital in giving disadvantaged teenagers a chance to achieve their full potential in life. And this is what WIZO is all about: changing lives, building futures and weaving hope into the fabric of Israeli society. For more information about WIZO and the ‘School of Dreams’ project, please call: 020 7319 9169 or go to: www.wizouk.org WIZO is a registered charity: 1125012 Artist’s impressions of the library/ sports hall/classroom due for renovation at WIZO’s Vocational High School, known as the ‘School of Dreams’, based in Jerusalem
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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS
We owe them our attendance
For those who have never attended a military commemoration, there are few things in life so moving as the lowering of flags, the crowd standing silent, the lone trumpet and the salute from those who served. It helps if it’s raining – you can blame wet eyes on the weather. Horror can strike on the individual level, the family level, the community level, the national level or the international level. Wars strikes on all, sometimes all at once. Jews are not immune and have never shied from defending their country. The idea that British Jews fight first for Israel is neither fair nor accurate. A weekend in Andover in January, at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women members’ annual get-together, blows that theory out of the water. As important as it is to fight for your country, so too is it important to remember those who did, especially this year, 100 years since the guns finally fell silent on the First World War, from which hundreds of British Jews never came back. At 1.30pm this Sunday, old and young, Jewish and non-Jewish, fresh faces and familiar, will all gather at Horse Guards’ Parade in Whitehall to honour Jews who fell fighting for the sovereign. It is an annual event, but it is likely to be even more moving this year given the centenary, and at a time of rising nationalism around the world. For the first time there will be an educational event taking place beforehand, at 8 Northumberland Ave, a casual drop-in affair starting at 11am that promises to be two hours’ well-spent, hearing songs and stories from the war, with lots to do for youngsters too. Theirs is a generation with far fewer personal links to the war than our own. You cannot forget what you’ve never known, so it is important that they do know what happened and the role Jews played for king and country. For those slightly older, perhaps in school considering their careers, there will be the chance to meet role models such as Major Danny Yank, who has fought for Britain for the past 14 years. For everyone else, it is a chance to learn, reflect and commemorate those who took their Magen David into battle and gave their lives so you and I could enjoy the freedoms we do.
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The polarising Mr Liddle Rod Liddle’s Jewish News column, My journey into the darkest depths of British antisemitism (8 November), risks stoking the fire of another form of racism, namely anti-Muslim hatred. As Jewish and Muslim women, leaders and now close friends, we acknowledge there is antisemitism in Muslim communities. However, not all antisemitism is found there and not all Muslims are antisemitic. The article’s implication that antisemitism is universal among all or most Muslims is simplis-
tic, polarising and harmful. There is little doubt antisemitic tropes are as alive as they have ever been and the toxic environment, particularly on campus, is problematic and deeply concerning for everyone. Much more work is needed and we welcome people to come on board and work with us on this. But both by equating antisemitism in Muslim communities to Islamism and through his use of extremely offensive language, Mr Liddle marginalises the problem.
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THIS TIME WE HAVE A CHOICE The Kristallnacht anniversary reminded us of one of the major evils ever to have befallen the Jews. Living in Israel in 2018, it is sombre to reflect what would have happened if only Jews had had a country of their own and could have dealt with their own fate. It is a reminder after Pittsburgh and antisemitic incidents round the world that being in control of one’s own destiny should be paramount. This is never more so than in what might play out in the UK. The disastrous Brexit decision and the less-thanefficient but well-meaning handling of same by Theresa May means the possibility of the Labour Party
headed by the antisemitic, anti-Israel Jeremy Corbyn returning to government is a distinct and very disturbing one. Thank God it will not be a Kristallnacht-like warning but from Mr Corbyn’s blatant rhetoric and the party’s less-than-enthusiastic handling of antisemitic complaints, it will no doubt be a very uncomfortable future for UK Jews should the above nightmare scenario come about. It will certainly be decision time for many and, unlike 80 years ago, Jews now have the ultimate choice of choosing to come to a country of their own. Stephen Vishnick Tel Aviv
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Editorial comment and letters
Charedim and church As a member of of the Orthodox Muswell Hill Synasection of the gogue, I was priviJewish faith? leged to attend the What were they service at Westmindoing in failing to ster Abbey to mark honour those who the anniversary of suffered and surKristallnacht. vived the Second It was a pleasure Solemn abbey service World War? to see so many of all Why do the leaders faiths and the service of a major section of being led by many faiths. British Jewry feel unable to atIn reaching out to the Jewish tend a service for Jewish victims community as a whole, the of the Holocaust if it is held in a Abbey displayed great compaschurch? sion, courtesy and kindness. Ros Goldfarb But where were the leaders N2
ODIOUS VIEW OF PITTSBURGH SHUL You can be sure the predictable Martin Stern (Letters, 8 November)will be first out of the traps to condemn any interpretation of Judaism other than one. The view of Israeli rabbis that the Pittsburgh shul is not a synagogue is odious. Like we don’t have enough external enemies.
They all need reminding that ‘synagogue’ means just house of assembly. The memory of those killed is traduced by this nitpicking and offensive dismissal of them as second-rate, or even non-Jews.
Barry Hyman Bushey Heath
YOUR PHOTOS AND STORIES NEEDED FOR AJEX MUSEUM As we near the end of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, I am appealing to members of the Jewish community for photos and stories for our museum archives of relatives who served in that or the Second World War. Label them and send to martin.sugarman@yahoo. co.uk. We have received much material over the years but we know there is more out there and it is the duty of all of us to participate in ensuring these memories are not lost but kept for posterity in a safe institution. If you wish to send hard copies, please email or call on 07806 656756 and I can arrange for you to send material to me in the post Martin Sugarman AJEX
ALEX BRUMMER AND THE HAIN CONNECTION Alex Brummer in his article (Jewish News, 8 November) opines it was not right that Peter Hain should fail to reveal he is a consultant to the law firm Gordon Dadds, the lawyers used by Philip Green to preserve his anonymity. Has it been revealed that Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, is a partner in the same firm? She transferred there when her
previous firm, Davenport Lyons, went into administration after piling up debts of £14million. By the adroit use of a confidential Partnership Voluntary Arrangement (PVA), scrutiny was minimal. Quite an intriguing story there for Alex to apply his financial forensic skills, with lots of questions about business ethics. George Rooker Whetstone
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Yet another monumental own goal by Labour’s left JENNI FRAZER
hen is an apology not an apology? And what do we want an apology to say, exactly? What qualifies as weasel words and what is genuine? Sometimes an apology can be obviously heartfelt and thus will be accepted. I’m thinking of the apology given by the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, after she issued posts on social media guaranteed to offend the Jewish community. She’d posted a graphic on Facebook showing Israel’s outline superimposed on to a map of the US, under the headline Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States, with the comment: “Problem solved”. A Twitter post later emerged in which she urged supporters of the Palestinians to vote in an online poll on Israeli military action, claiming that “the Jews are rallying” to skew the result. Naz Shah lost the parliamentary whip for three months in 2016 while an investigation was carried out. She apologised in Parlia-
ment and acknowledged she had lessons to learn. She promptly set about building bridges with the Jewish community. Those seem almost days of innocence viewed from the sewage pit that characterise relations between Labour and the Jews today. Much, much worse has been said and written by those on the left, from union boss Len McCluskey’s “antisemitism is mood music” to Derby North MP Chris Williamson, who claimed accusations of antisemitism within the party were a “dirty lowdown trick” being used for “political ends”. Very few apologies have been issued and my belief is things are at such a low ebb that even if Corbyn, McCluskey, Williamson and the whole inner Labour shebang were to get on their bended knees and crawl to beat their breasts in a universal Al Chet at the Western Marble Arch shul, even fewer Jews than apologies would be around to take them at face value. Indeed, every time Corbyn issues a supposedly emollient statement relating to “never forgetting” or some such mantra, the word “chutzpah” is a more usual response. Which brings me to an extraordinary
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boycott Israeli goods”. And there, I am afraid, is where she and I part company. I don’t care, as others do, that Shew-AndTell is apparently also a professional actress. She has been attacked for this, but I think it does not undermine what she says. What I do object to is her being presented as a “Good Jew”, one who has nothing to do with Israel; and one, moreover, who appears to have been chosen by Momentum as the face of its “apology” to the Jewish community. She ticks all the right boxes: she is young, smart and “woke”. But, sadly, she and Momentum miss the point entirely. Not just weasel words, but a whole forest of chattering animals. And not a genuine apology in sight.
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Drink a l’chaim to dear friend’s 70th EPHRAIM MIRVIS THE CHIEF RABBI
he date was 17 December 2013. I had been installed as Chief Rabbi only a few months earlier at a ceremony which, for the first time, had been attended by a representative of the Royal Family – His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. His presence (pictured, inset) had been hailed as a significant compliment to the Jewish community and it was my first real opportunity to properly engage with him. Now, I was to have that chance again at an event at Clarence House, organised to highlight the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The Prince of Wales walked over to shake my hand and, with the warmest of smiles, he said, “Chief Rabbi, I want to wish you a happy anniversary!” Naturally, I smiled back, but my mind was racing. To which anniversary could he be referring? He had surely not forgotten that my installation had been just a couple of
AS KING, CHARLES WILL AMEND HIS ROYAL TITLE FROM ‘DEFENDER OF THE FAITH’ TO ‘DEFENDER OF FAITHS’ months earlier. My wedding anniversary is during the summer. Was this just an awkward mistake? He must have sensed my hesitation because he quickly explained, “It was a year ago today that your appointment was announced, was it not?” I thought about it for a second – and he was right! I was touched Prince Charles had remembered such a detail. I expect that he was probably well-briefed by a trusted aide, but since then, I have discovered that he has a particular fondness for the Jewish people,
which goes well beyond a mere courtesy. The Prince of Wales is certainly an ‘ohev Yisrael’ – a friend of the Jewish people. Prince Charles has made clear his significant respect for faith communities in general. Indeed, it was this which led him to announce, when celebrating his 60th birthday, that when he is King, he will amend the title of ‘Defender of the Faith’ to ‘Defender of Faith’. A small but significant change which speaks volumes about the respect he has for the faith of others. The Prince of Wales has seen in our Jewish community an unrelenting commitment, both to our unique religious tradition and to our environment; a deep and principled faith alongside diligent public service. He sees that we are proud to be Jewish and proud to be British and he admires that we see no contradiction between these two essential aspects of our identity. This admiration was evident when I took him to visit the Yavneh schools in Borehamwood. He was visibly impressed when he heard about the outstanding academic results at the school, but it was when he heard about
the impressive culture of community service among its students that his eyes really lit up. We salute His Royal Highness for the numerous manifestations of his friendship, whether it be his patronage of World Jewish Relief or the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust; his work to commemorate the Kindertransport or the opening of a Jewish community centre in Krakow; his presence at the Israel 50 and 70 celebrations; his attendance at the funerals of Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres – but a few examples. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, we drink a l’chaim to a true friend and wish him many happy and healthy returns.
The sacrifices of those who gave us our future forces. My mother’s uncle is buried there. Lionel Altman joined the 6th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment on Monday, he D939 is a wonderful 11 October 1915. According to the stretch of tarmac regimental records, he was which starts near wounded while serving with the seaside resort the 6th, then after recovery of Le Touquet and meanjoined the 1st Battalion. ders eastward across the He was later wounded Pas-de-Calais. It goes on again and died from his injuto the prefecture, Arras, ries on 30 June 1917 at just 18 and then to Cambrai, both years of age. My uncle Lionel synonymous with the First was named after him when he World War. All along the arrived in September 1922. way are numerous references On this same trip, I also visited and signs denoting various war Lionel the cathedral city of Amiens, where graves, many coming under the Altman the Allies resoundingly defeated the auspices of the Commonwealth German forces in August 1918. War Graves Commission. On the outskirts of town lies Amiens The commission looks after the graves prison, a magnificent looking edifice that in more than 150 countries of nearly 1.7 was attacked by RAF Mosquito bombers million servicemen and women who fell in Operation Jericho which took place in in the world wars. One site is at AubignyFebruary, 1944. The destruction of the main en-Artois, about a 20-minute drive from prison wall allowed many members of the the centre of Arras. Many former CanaFrench Underground to escape ahead of the dian soldiers were laid to rest there with D-Day invasion a few months later. members of the French and British armed My day was rounded off by a visit to the
Battle of the Somme Museum in the quaint little town of Albert and the breathtaking Somme memorial at Thiepval. My father Neville served in Burma in the Second World War and for almost 40 years was the man who laid the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) wreath on Remembrance Sunday in Margate, where my parents moved in 1950. My grandfather Jack, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, was one of the only recorded five Jewish brothers from these shores to have served in and survived the First World War. Their group photograph is in most versions of the AJEX Blue Book.
I will have had the privilege and honour of marching with my late father’s medals again at the Cenotaph with AJEX on two successive Sundays, the first the Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph last week, falling this year on the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly 100 years since hostilities ceased. The AJEX parade is this Sunday, 18 November. I implore as many members of the community as possible to come and support us at Whitehall. One can’t overemphasise the importance of paying one’s respects to those who fought gallantly for this country and for the many Jewish servicemen and women whose lives were cut short so we could have a life and a future.
MY MOTHER’S UNCLE JOINED HIS REGIMENT ON 11 OCTOBER 1915 AND WAS WOUNDED TWICE. HE DIED FROM HIS INJURIES ON 30 JUNE 1917. HE WAS JUST 18 YEARS OF AGE
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Descent into barbarism In this forensic analysis, eminent historian Deborah Lipstadt charts the causes of Kristallnacht and the catastrophic events it unleashed Reichskristallnacht, the “night of broken glass”, marked the beginning of the end for the Jews remaining in Nazi Germany. On 7 November 1938, a young Polish Jew in Paris shot and wounded a German diplomat, Ernst vom Rath, at the German Embassy. His parents, together with thousands of other Polish Jews who had long been living in Germany, had been expelled to a sort of “no man’s land” between Poland and Germany, as neither country would allow them to cross its borders. Having learned of his parents’s desperate situation, the young man walked up to the embassy and shot vom Rath, who died the following day, 8 November. In Germany, there followed a pogrom. The US consul in Leipzig described the events: “Jewish buildings were smashed, and contents demolished or looted. In one of the Jewish sections an 18-year-old boy was hurled from a three-storey window to land with both legs broken on a street littered with burning beds and other household furniture and effects from his family’s and other apartments... “Jewish shop windows by the hundreds were systematically and wantonly smashed
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Deborah Lipstadt’s book, Anti-Semitism Here and Now, is published next year
because it was so public and seemed to be out of control – and by foreign reporters and diplomats. Unable to deny it, they claim this was a spontaneous event, an unadulterated expression of the German people’s rage at the Jews, not something orchestrated by the German government. They also depict Hitler as not only bearing no responsibility for what happened but vigorously opposed to it. According to deniers, among them David Irving, Hitler was “livid” about the outbreaks and issued repeated orders they were to be stopped. Historians agree Hitler and the entire Nazi leadership approved and police and members of the SA were given explicit instructions how events were to unfold. When I was sued for libel by Irving, our lead historical witness, Professor Richard Evans, presented the court with an array of evidence on the direct participation of the Nazi leadership, from Hitler on down. In a calendrical coincidence, 9 November was the anniversary of the National Socialists’ failed 1923 Munich putsch. Party leaders were gathered in Munich to commemorate how far the party had come in the intervening 15 years. Informed of vom Rath’s death, Hitler came to Old Town Hall, where a dinner was being held, had a long private conversation with Goebbels and then left without addressing those present. Goebbels spoke to them instead. Acknowledging demonstrations were beginning, he said: “The Führer had decided that such demonstrations were neither to be prepared nor organised by the party, but insofar as they were spontaneous in origin, they should likewise not be quelled.” As Goebbels noted in his diary after the evening meeting: “I brief the Führer on the affair. He orders: let the demonstrations go on. Withdraw the police. The Jews must for
once feel the people’s fury. That is right.” As Professor Evans noted in his report to the court, “all those local party chiefs present understood this to mean that the party organisation should organise anti-Jewish actions without being seen to do so.” Irving did more than just deny Hitler’s involvement. He claimed Hitler was filled with ‘fury’ about the pogrom and that, when he learned the synagogue adjacent to his hotel, the Vier Jahreszeiten, was aflame, he was “livid with rage”. Given he had told Goebbels the Jews were to be given “a taste of the public anger,” it is hard to believe he was now livid. Goebbels continued to make diary entries over the next days: “In Berlin 5, the 15 synagogues burn down. Now the people’s anger rages…. Should be given free rein... As I drive to the hotel, windows shatter. Bravo! Bravo! The synagogues burn...” Had Hitler been filled with “fury”, would Goebbels have been so pleased? On the following day, Goebbels met with Hitler to discuss ending the pogrom. In his diary he noted: “I report to the Führer… His views are totally radical and aggressive. The action itself has taken place without any problems. 17 dead. But no German property damaged… The Führer wants to take very sharp measures against the Jews…” This was the last public display of extreme violence against Jews in Germany. They faced far darker treatment, but it would happen in the “east” in mass shootings and behind the closed doors of gas chambers and gas buses. Reichkristallnacht was the beginning of the end. Professor Deborah Lipstadt is author of the forthcoming book Antisemitism Here and Now, published next year
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Above: Martin Sugarman, of Hackney & Stamford Hill Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, with granddaughters Eliorah, six, and Eila, three, with the wreath before it was laid at Hackney War memorial
Above: Wally Gallick, 96, who served in the RAF in WW2, laid a wreath at the Pinner War Memorial on behalf of Pinner Synagogue Left: Residents of Jewish Care homes attended the ceremony at the Cenotaph. Cecil Hearne, 94, laid the wreath on behalf of the charity
Above: At Immanuel Collegeâ€™s Service of Remembrance, guest speaker was Colonel K. R. Harris (Late Royal Artillery). AJEX representatives Harold Newman and Esther-Shira Gaffin attended
Above: Children at Tracy Lewisâ€™ Childcare nursery in Hendon, made a poster to commemorate Armistice Day Right: 20th Finchley (Woodside Park) Jewish scout group joined the other Barnet scout groups to commemorate Armistice Day. Dignitaries such as Martin Russell the great London Lieutenant (pictured) attended
Above: Year Six pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School visited the grave of First World War pilot Harry Jassby, where they placed decorated stones, in line with Jewish custom
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1 FAMILY FUN
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More than 400 people attended a fun day at Bushey United Synagogue to launch ‘Bushey Families’, an initiative focused on strengthening the shul’s connection with local families. Held at Immanuel College, attendees enjoyed a range of fairground-style rides, face-painting and hair braiding, a photo booth and popcorn and candy floss stands. Jonathan Kalms, Chairman of Bushey Synagogue said: “Bushey is now the second largest United Synagogue community, and this fun day just showed what we can achieve.”
The Chief Rabbi joined members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre (HSC) for a service to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. He said: “The world is sustained though courage and understanding of people who serve as an inspiration to others. You are an inspiration and I feel humbled and privileged to be in your company.” HSC member Manfred Goldberg recalled the night, saying: “The memories of 80 years ago remain crystal clear in my mind, as do my memories of my time spent in the camp”.
3 TECH FUNDRAISER
Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS), Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and assistive technologies for children and adults with disabilities, held a fundraiser at the Academy of Medical Sciences in Portland Place attended by more than 70 people. Guest of honour Lord Chris Holmes led
the discussion and emphasised how people with disabilities have the most to gain from AI.
Ruth June Bourne has received the Légion d’Honneur from the French Government for her codebreaking work at Bletchley Park alongside Alan Turing during the Second World War. Ruth, 92, who lives in North Finchley, accepted the country’s highest order of merit at the French Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens.
5BEHIND THE NEWS
Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer and supplements editor Brigit Grant chatted about the workings of the paper to tenants at jLiving’s Gordon Court last week at an early Mitzvah Day event. Tenants had plenty to say in the lively debate covering issues, ranging from Israel to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Tenant Dennis said: “It was very good and informative. I really enjoyed it.”
6 COMMON PATHS
Imam Hamid Qureshi of North Finchley Mosque was invited to Woodside Park Shul by Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch to explore ways to find a common path between Islam and Judaism. Local MP Theresa Villiers said: “The discussion left me with a sense of hope and optimism”. Candles were lit by representatives of both places of worship in memory of those murdered last week in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
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Norwood dinner raises £3.2m Britain’s largest Jewish charity raised £3.2 million at its London dinner, as 1,200 guests heard how the money would go towards Norwood’s £34m annual operating costs to help people with learning disabilities. Its event at The Grosvenor Hotel was the first dinner since its new chair and chief executive took over, and the last one organised by Carol Sopher, who is handing over to Orly Wolfson. New chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, the former head of Kisharon, described how her “life went into freefall” 24 years ago, when her daughter sustained extensive brain damage at birth,
and how the charity helped them. Norwood’s new chair, Neville Kahn, who said Jacobson would lead the charity into “what promises to be a new and exciting era”, added: “Her personal drive to improve the lives of those we support is inspiring.” Co-president Lady Nicola Mendelsohn said she was “deeply moved by everything the charity does”, with its ethos that “no one gets left behind or forgotten”. The charity supports 4,000 people, mainly across the southeast, and needs £34m to meet its responsibilities, £12m of which must be found from donations.
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Rejected by the world As Canada apologises to the 900 Jewish refugees turned away in 1939, Francine Wolfisz hears the incredible story of the youngest passenger on board SS St Louis
He added: “Adolf Hitler alone t may have been nearly did not seal the fate of the St Louis 80 years in the making, but passengers or the Jews of Europe. last week Canada finally “To harbour such hatred and apologised for turning away indifference towards the refugees a ship full of Jewish refugees was to share in the moral responsiwho were desperately fleeing bility for their deaths.” Nazi Germany in 1939. By Trudeau’s own admisCanada was not, however, alone sion, such an apology was “long in refusing entry to the SS St Louis overdue”. and its 936 passengers. “It should have come much The ship was first turned away earlier,” agrees Zilla. “There were by Cuba and then the United many who would never States. After it was rejected from see or hear that apology, the shores of Canada, the passenbut it’s also very timely, gers were tragically forced back to because so many borders Europe, with more than 250 later are closed to refugees perishing in the Holocaust. in need.” But among the 288 refugees I ask Zilla, who who survived after being taken in travelled with parents by Britain was the ship’s youngest Richard, a 42-yearpassenger: a six-month-old baby old cloth trader named Zilla Dresel. from Breslau (now The 80-year-old grandmother, Wrocław in Poland) who today lives in Newcastle and and Ruth, if she feels an affinity to goes by her married surname, refugees of today. Coorsh, was unable to attend in “Absolutely. To travel person, but watched over thousands of miles Skype as Prime Minister with small children Justin Trudeau gave so they can be a “heartfelt” educated and apology to the not live in fear, survivors of the you must be SS St Louis and desperate to do their families. that. People say “There is it’s not the same little doubt our as our situasilence permitted tion, but in some the Nazis to come places people are up with their own fleeing persecution. ‘final solution’ to It’s very sad we don’t the so-called ‘Jewish problem,’” Trudeau Zilla Coorsh as a young child learn as a people to be more tolerant told the Canadian and accepting.” Parliament last Of her own escape to Britain, Thursday, the 80th anniversary Zilla says her parents seldom of Kristallnacht.
From left: Richard Dresel’s note; Zilla as a baby with St Louis passengers; Zilla, Richard and Ruth
spoke about their experience and it was many years before she pieced together the details of their “miraculous” journey. A week before she was born, the events of Kristallnacht on 9 November 1938, threw her family into chaos. Her mother recalls seeing the vandalised remains of her aunt’s millinery shop, while Richard and his brother, Alfred, disappeared into hiding as the Nazis rounded up Jewish males. On 13 May 1939, Richard, Ruth, Zilla and Alfred boarded the SS St Louis, sailing from Hamburg to Cuba, in a bid to reach his mother and younger brothers, who were already living safely in Brazil. Two weeks later, the ship dropped anchor at Havana, but only a handful of passengers were allowed entry due to a change in
Cuba’s immigration policy. In desperation, Richard scrawled a note, which read: “Please help me President Bru or we will be lost” before putting it in a bottle and throwing it overboard. That note was never read by Cuba’s leader but, incredibly, it turned up in 2003 at a car boot sale in Bath, tucked into a copy of Voyage of the Damned, a 1974 book about the events of the SS St Louis, before being returned to Zilla. Having been turned away by three nations and determined his Jewish passengers should not return to Germany, Captain Gustav Schröder set sail for Antwerp. By now, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain had agreed to take those remaining on board. Every passenger’s name was called out and told where they would sail to next. All except Richard. When he inquired where
he should go, he was allowed to choose his destination. Zilla is in no doubt that saying the word “England” saved her family from the Holocaust. Tragically, Richard’s brother, Alfred, was selected to go to France. He was later sent to Gurs internment camp, before Drancy and then Auschwitz. Richard’s sister Katja, who was left behind with other family members in Breslau, also perished at Auschwitz. The intervention of fate, which meant Richard chose where his family could go instead of being sent to what would become Nazioccupied Europe, was never lost on him. “My father always said to treat this country like your host and you are a visitor in their home. He was so thankful to England. One of the proudest days of his life was when he got British nationality. He was so proud of that piece of paper, I can’t tell you.”
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Lifestyle / Mitzvah Day 10th anniversary
good reasons to do good deeds!
As Mitzvah Day marks its 10th anniversary, Simon Rothstein looks back over memorable projects from the past decade Over the next week, a wave of green will descend over synagogues, schools and shops for Mitzvah Day. Now a staple part of the Jewish calendar – with more than 40,000 volunteers of all faiths and none doing good deeds all around the world – it’s hard to believe that Mitzvah Day has only been running for a decade. Here, we pick out 10 of the most inspirational social action projects from the past 10 years, with thoughts from the people who made them happen.
YES, PRIME MINISTER
From Sadiq Khan to his mayoral rival Shaun Bailey and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to her Liberal Democrat counterpart Vince Cable, Mitzvah Day has certainly lived up to its aim of bringing people together when it comes to support and involvement from across the political divide. Prime Minister Theresa May has taken part on several occasions, including joining a cooking session for the homeless at JW3 when she was Home Secretary. The Prime Minister said: “I am proud to have taken part in Mitzvah Day activities and watched the organisation grow and attract more volunteers each and every year. It is initiatives such as this that help to build the social fabric of our country.”
FIRST 2 THE INTERFAITH PROJECT
As the name suggests, Mitzvah Day is Jewish-led, but over the past decade it has grown to become the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action. This year, more than 100 interfaith projects will run, featuring nine religious groups. But, as the old saying goes, you always remember your first time, and that’s why Nottingham in 2009 is special. As Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks explains: “We worked with Nottingham Inter Faith Council to put on a concert followed by a book and food collection for those in need. “I have such fond memories of this day, as it showed that from very early on we recognised the value of bringing different people together to show that we all share the same values.”
BIG DOWN UNDER
The global growth of Mitzvah Day is something the charity is particularly proud of. As well as individual projects taking place everywhere from Romania to Rwanda, there are satellite offices in Germany, Australia and South Africa running Mitzvah Days across those countries. Last year, in Australia alone, 60 organisations participated in 80 projects with environmental clean-ups particularly popular.
Above: Just one of the Mitzvah Day projects that unite generations
6 SCHOOL’S OUT
One thing Laura says she loves about Mitzvah Day is seeing different generations brought together. Usually that involves school children visiting care homes, but Clore Tikva Primary School in Essex reversed roles by inviting elderly members of the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre into their hall for tea and a dance.
3 BLOOD BROTHERS
From the first interfaith project to one of the most recent – Muslim worshippers from the new Islamic centre in the old Golders Green Hippodrome gave blood at Golders Green Synagogue. The project made national news headlines and won a Mitzvah Day Award. The Islamic Centre’s Ahmed Al-Kazemi said: “The blood drive was a really wonderful opportunity to find common ground and realise how much we share when we look past the externals.”
DO YOU CALL PACK IT IN 7 5 WHAT A COLLECTION OF SENIOR RABBIS? It’s not often in the pages of Jewish News that you’ll see the Chief Rabbi pictured with his Progressive counterparts. But on Mitzvah Day, you did. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks painted the walls of a care home when he was in the role alongside Rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg, Laura Janner-Klausner and Danny Rich – the senior rabbis of Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism. Other guests included Baroness Julia Neuberger. Rabbi Rich said: “This was a memorable moment and a little piece of inter-communal history as we all bonded while watching the paint dry.”
All charities have their teething problems and sending 100 teenage volunteers into the World Jewish Relief (WJR) warehouse for a packathon in 2008 was chaotic… but also a lot of fun. Laura jokes: “It’s not something we will repeat in 2018, but we are proud to still partner WJR on many projects to help some of the poorest and most vulnerable around the globe.
sessions for homeless people. Lord Bourne, who at the time spoke on behalf of the government on homelessness in the Lords, visited one session at The Lodge, the St Mungo’s project for ex-rough sleepers, meeting residents, staff and volunteers. He remarked on his delight at seeing “the practical contribution volunteers are making”.
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The staff at Facebook have been taking part in Mitzvah Day since 2014, when the social media giant’s UK sales team took the day off to repaint hallways and provide a hot lunch at its local Salvation Army shelter. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Facebook is about connecting people and Mitzvah Day embodies similar values. It’s great for the UK office to get involved and we have a great response.”
RABBI AND AN IMAM 10 AWALK INTO A KITCHEN
8 LORD BOURNE LEADS WAY One of the ways Mitzvah Day wants to develop over the next decade is to encourage more hands-on volunteering – such as the project run by Telereal Trillium offering IT drop-in
When Imam Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council Britain, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis came together in the kitchens of Edgware Synagogue, you could feel a real warmth developing – and not just from the meal they were making for Barnet Winter Shelter. Like Jews and Muslims nationwide do on Mitzvah Day, they talked about common ground, as well as how to chop veg. Rabbi Mirvis said: “We must strengthen links and build bridges for tolerance and harmony.”
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Torah For Today
BY RABBI JONATHAN TAWIL Jacob has fled left his parents’ home, away from Esau’s anger, travelling to the house of Laban. He meets Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel, falls in love with her and proposes a deal: I’ll work for you for seven years on condition you grant me Rachel for marriage. However, on the wedding night, Laban substitutes Leah for Rachel. When Jacob discovers the deception and protests, Laban replies: “It is not the accepted thing in our place to give the younger before the elder” (a reference to Jacob’s deception of Isaac, of the younger taking the blessing of the elder, Esau). Laban agrees that in return for a further seven years’ labour, Jacob may marry Rachel. He won’t have to wait until the end of the seven years, but must wait seven days until Leah’s wedding celebration is complete, alluding to the Sheva Brachot custom. Through Leah, Jacob is blessed with six children. Each son born was given a name that seemed to signify her distress at the lack of love and attention Jacob paid her. We are told “Jacob loved Rachel …more than Leah” and “God saw that Leah was hated”. She had a hard and bitter life, but saw a ray of light when Judah (meaning “praise”) was born. Jacob married four women and had 12 children (each wife was expected to have three). Once Leah was blessed with her fourth child, she realised this was an unexpected gift and thanked God for her lot – and was blessed with two more. As our foremother, Leah taught us to appreciate every moment as a gift. The nation of gratitude – Judaism – was thus born.
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What does the Torah say about... The Grenfell Tower bonfire BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL In celebration of Bonfire Night earlier this month, a group of people burned a model of Grenfell Tower, mocking victims as the tower was consumed by flames. So, what does the Torah have to say about this? On witnessing a future Holocaust, the Torah projects the horror felt by foreigners. “Wherefore is the great anger that has caused this?” they exclaim. Lamentations illustrate this with the physical responses of passers-by viewing the destruction of Judea. “They whistle through their teeth” at what they see. So, astonishment is expected from witnesses of tragedy, but not mockery. The Edomite enemies of Israel who rejoiced over Judea’s downfall are proph-
esied by Jeremiah to suffer similarly. Among co-citizens, where personal enmities arise, our sages warn of not rejoicing at another’s downfall, quoting verbatim from the biblical book of Proverbs: “On the downfall of your enemy do
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not be glad, and when he stumbles, let your heart not be glad”. In the bonfire incident, it appears there was a racist element to the fun poked at the memory of those who died. At a time when Britain is about to Brexit, it is crucial to ensure the fabric of society is not damaged by hate of this depraved kind. According to Torah law, the hurt caused to those loved ones of the victims of the fire is civilly actionable. A Torah Crown Prosecution Service would file charges for causing pain through mockery of the relatives’ painful death. On a public level, cruelty against all creatures is one of the seven Noahide commandments, which should be defended anywhere in the world. May the people of Grenfell be remembered by us with love, and their death commemorated with respect, while lessons for public safety are learned for good and forever. Rabbi Ariel Abel serves the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation
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The Bible Says What?
Mitzvah Day is the perfect way to interact with other faiths
‘There were only evil people in Sodom and Gomorrah’ BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER As Jews, we love to argue. We may be surprised to see that this value even extends to arguing with the highest authority of all – with God. We also have another relevant value: we believe it is important to judge others favourably and look for the good in people. So, when Abraham was told Sodom and Gomorrah were going to be destroyed, he knew that there was a lot of sin in those places. Nonetheless, he argued for the good he believed must exist there and to save those people despite the actions of the majority. He told God to save the city if there were even 10 righteous people there. God agreed to these conditions, but Abraham in the end had to acquiesce as he couldn’t even find 10. But can we really believe that? Can there be such a place that is so wholly evil? It seems remarkable to think that these large cities would contain
no good at all. Throughout history, we may point to examples where – even in times of great evil – there are some people who stand out, who are fighting against the tide. So what are we to think of Sodom and Gomorrah? I don’t believe there really were no good people there. Almost certainly, some of the people were not evil. So why was the city not saved? When you are surrounded by evil – by sin – it isn’t good enough to just be good yourself. It becomes your duty to stand up against injustice and hate, to buck the trends around you, and do what you can to make a difference. Being passive is not enough. If we are passive bystanders, our Torah teaches us we have failed. We must raise our voices against evil and take action. Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is the senior rabbi of Reform
BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN This Sunday, as in previous years, I will be one of the 40,000 volunteers around the world dressed in green, doing good deeds on Mitzvah Day. My community at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue have been involved since Mitzvah Day began a decade ago and have always made sure to invite our neighbours to join in, too. We’ve collected food, welcomed refugees and cleared our local common in conjunction with the nearby churches, mosques and Hindu community. And, like most Jews of all denominations, we don’t just do this important work on Mitzvah Day, but all year round. Why? There are two reasons. Firstly, it is the language of our religion and people. Some define this more through ritual mitzvot, perhaps reciting a blessing to
acknowledge the uniqueness of space and time. Others – including many young people – define it through social action and social justice work, and this is especially a focus of Liberal Judaism. Equally as importantly, it is good for all Jews that non-Jews get to meet us. Mitzvah Day can be the first time that a Christian, Muslim or Hindu will fully interact with someone Jewish. Barriers are broken down and, as I’ve seen in my own community, friendships are formed.
When I was outreach director of Liberal Judaism, I used to travel around the north of England meeting Jews and establishing new communities. Invariably enjoying a meal and drink in a pub at the end of a hard day, someone would approach and ask if I was Jewish: I was wearing a kippah and often had a Chumash open studying the sedrah... yup, you got me! By the end of the evening, I often had most of the customers gathered around for a lesson on Judaism. I never encountered antisemitism, only ignorance. Mitzvah Day is a wonderful opportunity to combat that ignorance and show others the best of our Judaism – as well as see the best of their faiths, too. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
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Dear Carl As marketing director for a retail production company, I regularly invite potential buyers from around the world to visit our UK headquarters, see its manufacturing process and to sample the items we produce. The company pays for the buyers’ travel
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Pupils go extra mile for charity FUNDRAISING Year two pupils at Yavneh Primary School raised nearly £1,500 for Camp Simcha after taking part in a three-mile sponsored walk for the charity. Walking around Yavneh College’s playing fields a number of times in order to meet the distance, the children took 45 minutes to complete the challenge. Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, who was presented with a cheque from the kids said: “We’re so grateful to the Yavneh Primary school children who put so much amazing effort into raising
money for Camp Simcha. “It was wonderful to meet them and see how much they care about other children who could benefit from their efforts. The funds they raised will help us to keep providing vital services to seriously ill children and their families.” Liza Feiner, chief executive of Camp Simcha, as well as the assistant head teacher and head of Limmudei Kodesh, said: “Community service is at the heart of Yavneh’s ethos and it’s wonderful to see how excited our pupils were to raise money for such a good cause – I could not be prouder of them!”
Camp Simcha chief executive Neville Goldschneider being presented with a cheque from Yavneh pupils
Goals galore in Peter Morrison Cup Brady boys maintain winning start MGBSFL Oakwood A ensured they didn’t suffer a second consecutive first round Peter Morrison trophy exit as they thrashed London Lions Vets 8-2. Josh Bharier scored a hat-trick, with Ben Peppi, Toby Levy, Josh Cuby and Dave Woolman (pictured) also scoring. Manager Daniel Krisall said: “It was a tremendous performance, we
showed that we learned the lessons from last year.” Other big wins saw HMH beat Los Camden B 6-1, thanks to Oscar Wagner’s double and strikes from Alex Moss, Jonny May, Clark Norton and Jake Norton. Hendon put six goals past NL Galaxy. Dovi Fehler scored twice, with Chaim Korman, Avi Korman and Rocky Spitzer also target. Review: jewishnews.co.uk
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10 TOP TIPS TO AVOID DELAYS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME Thinking about marketing your property for sale in 2018? Simon Nosworthy, Head of Residential Conveyancing at Osbornes sets out his top 10 tips of things to prepare now to avoid delays when it comes to selling your home: 1. You need to find out how big your outstanding mortgage is, and if there are any early redemption penalties. If you contact your mortgage provider they should be able to provide this information in writing or over the phone. 2. Put together the title deeds for the house. The deeds to your house maybe with your mortgage provider if you have one. Many mortgage lenders do not hold title deeds anymore, so you may have received the property’s deeds when you purchased the property or if you have recently re‑mortgaged. These maybe with a solicitor that you have used in the past so please check. This is especially important if you are selling a leasehold property as
it can be really useful to have the original lease if this is available. 3. Locate all planning permissions for recent work done to the property. You should definitely have this paperwork available for work that required planning permission in the last 10 years. If these documents have been lost, you should be able to obtain copies from the Local Authority. 4. Locate all building regulations consents for work done at this property. For example, if you have had a new boiler installed post 1st April 2009 you will need to provide Gas Safe certificate. If the boiler was installed before that date then a CORGI certificate should be provided. If these documents have been lost, you should be able to obtain copies from the Local Authority or online from the certificate provider. 5. Locate all warranties and guarantees for any works done at the property. For example for
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From your very first breath to your last moments on earth, we will be with you. A beautiful baby is born. She is deaf. Who will A teenage girl is in crisis. Who will enable her to cope as the only deaf child in the school? A young deaf man has been evicted from his A deaf couple are scam victims. Who will stop them giving away their life savings? A deaf woman has dementia. Who will help her cope with everyday life? An older gentleman spends every day alone, shrouded in depression. hearing aids, ease his loneliness? A deafblind woman has cancer. Who will support her every step of the way and hold her hand as she reaches the end of her life? The
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