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Jewish births now triple the UK average Community baby boom sees population rise by 25 percent Britain’s Jewish community is growing three times as fast as the population as a whole and has “turned a corner” following a period of population decline, according to research published today, writes Adam Decker. The latest figures, collated by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (JPR), show that between 2005 and 2015 total births in England and Wales increased by 8.1 percent, whereas Jewish births increased by 25.4 percent. Describing the newly-revealed “Jewish demographic growth,” JPR researchers said the recent surge contrasts with earlier periods dating from 1979, when national birth rates stood at 9.4 percent and Jewish birth rates registered 7.4 percent. “This new data not only provides further evidence of the extraordinary demographic shift happening in the UK Jewish population, but will also serve as a boon to community planners everywhere,” said JPR director Dr Jonathan Boyd. “They will be a vital resource, particularly for determining the numbers of primary school places needed in the years to come. Jewish population growth will be seen among the youngest age bands, especially in the most Orthodox sec-

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tors, and community leaders and planners will need to plan effectively for that.” Board of Deputies’ chief executive Gillian Merron said the report “provides an essential analysis of the UK Jewish population and great insight into its different components and sectors,” adding: “Most of all, it is wonderful to see that our vibrant, dynamic and thriving UK Jewish community is also growing.” The report’s author Dr Donatella Casale Mashiah said “high fertility among Charedi Jews is driving a compositional change in the UK Jewish population as a whole,” with Charedim almost twice as fertile as non-Charedim. From 2007 to 2015, strictly-Orthodox births increased by 35 percent, climbing from 1,431 annually to 1,932, she said. “Over the same period, ‘mainstream’ Jewish births are also estimated to have increased by 19 percent, rising annually from 1,844 to 2,199.” Circumcisions of male Jewish babies have long been used to derive UK Jewish birth statistics, and there were 1,961 such circumcisions in 2015, an increase of 26 percent over the last decade. The number of Jewish deaths over the last five years has remained almost constant.

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Jewish News 21 June 2018

News / US leaves UNHRC

Trump quits UN’s ‘cesspool The United States this week announced it will quit the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley branding it a “cesspool of political bias” obsessed with Israel. It is the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, President Donald Trump’s envoy to the UN, said the US had given the human rights body “opportunity after opportunity” to make changes. She lambasted the council for “its chronic bias against Israel” and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” Haley said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing alongside Haley at the State Department, said there was no doubt that the council once had a “noble vision”. “But today we need to be honest,” Pompeo said. “The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights.” The announcement came just a day after the UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. But Haley cited longstanding US complaints that the 47-member council is biased against Israel. She had been threatening the pull-out since last year unless the council made changes

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advocated by the US. “Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded,” Haley said. Still, she suggested the decision need not be permanent, adding that if the council did adopt reforms, “we would be happy to rejoin it”. She said the withdrawal notwithstanding, the US would continue to defend human rights at the UN. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office described the US decision as “courageous”, calling it “an unequivocal statement that enough is enough”. The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements and forums under the president’s

America First policy. Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that “America First does not mean America Alone”, the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office. Since January 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the UN educational and cultural organisation and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. Other controversial decisions have included putting tariffs on steel and aluminium against key trading partners, recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Opposition to the move from human rights advocates was swift. A group of 12 organisations including Save the Children, Freedom House and the United Nations Association of the USA said there were “legitimate concerns” about the council’s shortcomings but that none of them warranted a US exit. “This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more difficult to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world,” the organisations said in a joint statement. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, said: “All Trump seems to care about is defending Israel.” On Twitter, al-Hussein, said it was “Disappointing, if not really surprising, news. Given the

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Praise for Sturgeon ‘engagement level’ Jewish representatives have praised the “level of engagement and knowledge” of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) after a meeting. Scottish nationalist Sturgeon said she was “proud” to have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism and – in a not-so-subtle dig at the Labour leadership – said: “We would call on all others who have not yet done so to do so.” At the meeting were the Board of Deputies’ new president Marie van der Zyl and public affairs director Phil

Rosenberg, plus representatives from the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) and the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (GJRC). Items discussed were the Scottish Jewish community, Israel and anti-Semitism, some of which grew out of anti-Israel sentiment. Sturgeon said: “My government will not tolerate anti-Semitism in Scotland and will work with the Jewish community and all others to defeat it.” She added: “I look forward to continuing these valuable conversations. The Jewish community is a vital part of our national life in Scotland.” In a joint statement between van der Zyl, SCoJeC chair Micheline Brannan and GJRC copresident Evy Yedd, the delegation thanked Sturgeon “for taking the time to see us and giving us the opportunity to raise matters of importance to the Jewish community in Scotland”.


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Donald Trump this week signed off on a US policy of maintaining an ambiguous posture on Israel’s nuclear capability. Israel does not acknowledge its nuclear weapons capability. Non-Israeli experts have determined that Israel has the capability to arm 200 missiles with nuclear warheads.

Israeli planes struck Hamas positions in Gaza this week after Palestinian terrorists fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities. It was the biggest flare-up between the sides in weeks, although no casualties were reported in Israel or Gaza. Israel said it hit 25 Hamas targets in response to the attack.

A Syrian man on trial in Berlin for attacking a man wearing a kippah confessed in court to the assault and apologised to the victim. The assailant, identified as a 19-year-old Syrian Palestinian living in Germany since 2015, turned himself in two days after the attack on 17 April. He is being tried as a juvenile. [JTA]

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state of #HumanRights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back.” The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank close to the Trump administration, defended the move, calling the council “notably incurious about the human rights situations in some of the world’s most oppressive countries”. Brett Schaefer, a senior fellow, pointed out that Trump could have withdrawn immediately after taking office but instead gave the council 18 months to make changes. Haley has been the driving force behind withdrawing from the human rights body, unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council. No country has ever dropped out voluntarily. Libya was kicked out seven years ago. The move could reinforce the perception that the Trump administration is seeking to advance Israel’s agenda on the world stage, just as it prepares to unveil its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan despite Palestinian outrage over the embassy relocation. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, visited the Middle East this week as the White House works to lay the groundwork for unveiling the plan. Israel is the only country in the world whose rights record comes up for discussion at every council session, under Item 7 on the agenda. Item 7 on “Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories” has been part of the council’s regular business for almost as long as it has existed.

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BORIS CRITICISM ON UNHRC WELCOMED Jewish groups this week welcomed the UK’s criticism of the United Nations Human Rights Council and its focus on Israel, but urged it not to pull out as the United States has done. It comes after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the 38th session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday that “we share the view that a dedicated agenda item focused solely on Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace”. In reference to the council listing Israel as a permanent agenda item, known as Item 7, he said: “Unless things change, we shall move next year to vote against all resolutions introduced under Item 7.” The Jewish Leadership Council said the UNHRC “consistently ignores the worst human rights abuses in the world, proving it is not an honest broker”. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “In the year where we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this is a sad devel-

opment, but it has become increasingly inevitable as the Council allowed itself to become politicised and biased against Israel. We would like to see the Council reform so it can do its job properly.” Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Lord Ahmad said the UK abstained on the UNHRC resolution calling for an independent investigation into the killing of scores of people at the Gaza border “because it was “unhelpfully unbalanced”. However Jewish human rights groups said leaving the UNHRC was not the way to reform it. René Cassin’s director Mia HasensonGross said: “We welcome Boris Johnson’s commitment to work to strengthen the Council from within and to continue to support and champion it.” Dr Edie Friedman of Jewish Council of Racial Equality said her organisation “recognises many of the complaints made about the UN institutions,” but added: “It is important all countries engage. It is regrettable the US felt it was no longer able to do so.”

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JLIVING APPOINTS GAMSU AS CHAIRMAN jLiving this week announced its new chairman will be property expert Adam Gamsu, while Benjamin Conway becomes deputy chair. Gamsu has worked in property asset management for 15 years where he is involved in most areas of the property cycle, from acquisition to management and development. He said: “There is no reason why occupiers of social housing shouldn’t have their lives positively affected by the homes in which they live. I feel privileged to be part of an organisation like jLiving.”

Berger: ‘Concerns ignored’ Luciana Berger says she has “no faith in the objectivity of the process” of dealing with anti-Semitism in Labour, after questions were raised about the track record of a lawyer appointed to oversee disciplinary cases. The Liverpool Wavertree MP took to Twitter to call for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to “urgently review” the appointment of Gordon Nardell QC as the party’s inhouse counsel, responsible for dealing with a backlog of anti-Semitism cases. The parliamentarian said she “and others raised concerns directly” about Nardell, who “had made worrying statements on social media and was identifiably connected to organisations and individuals that seek to deny the antiSemitism problem”. But she said: “We were ignored,” adding: “He is now the internal arbiter of Labour anti-Semitism cases [and this] means I have no faith in the objectivity of the process. The NEC should urgently review his appointment.” New research by pro-Israel blogger David Collier purportedly uncovered past comments and ‘likes’ from Nardell on social media – since deleted – that concerned Jewish community leaders. Collier said Nardell, who is Jewish and whose left-wing views are well-

MP Luciana has ‘no faith in Labour’s objectivity’ in dealing with anti-Semitism

known, had commented on high-profile cases to come before Labour’s internal disciplinary panels, the legal aspects of which he will now be advising on. Among those on whom Nardell appeared to express an opinion were disgraced former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who said Hitler once supported Zionism and resigned before his latest hearing, and Jackie Walker, the former vice-chair of grassroots group Momentum. Both are alleged to have

made anti-Semitic comments. Nardell appeared to support a bid to vote down a motion condemning Labour’s decision not to expel Livingstone after his first hearing in 2017. The screen grab shows Nardell saying: “Good luck to all in BOS CLP (Bermondsey & Old Southwark Labour Party) defeating this anti-Labour nonsense.” He added: “The problem with characterising Ken’s rather crass and ill-

judged comments as anti-Semitism is that it debases the coin – we no longer recognise real anti-Jewish racism when we see it and we undermine the Party’s ability to tackle it.” Last week it was reported Nardell had said, in a letter to a member accused of making anti-Semitic comments, that there was no clear legal definition of anti-Semitism, while in a Facebook comment Collier shared, Nardell said he had complained to the BBC about claims of historian Sir Simon Schama that anti-Zionism had incorporated old forms of anti-Semitism. Nardell said this was “a very serious accusation”, adding: “I don’t think we can allow this sort of casual attack on the Opposition, as a unique place on the political spectrum where anti-Jewish racism flourishes or is tolerated, to stand, especially when it emanates from an ‘authoritative’ source like Schama.” Labour has been approached for comment following the latest allegations, but earlier this week reassured the community of Nardell’s independence. Speaking on LBC on Friday, however, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Semitism, Labour’s John Mann MP, said he would raise concerns about Nardell’s independence within the party.


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Luciana Berger was honoured as Glasgow’s Jewish students dominated the annual Union of Jewish Student (UJS) Awards, taking the bulk of the honours home with them north of the border. The university’s Jewish Society (JSoc) scooped two team awards while an individual student was honoured for her “outstanding contribution”. Student Sarah Levy was given the Alan Senitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life, with UJS leaders praising her “six years of dedication to Jewish life on campus”. Glasgow’s JSoc won awards for ‘Best Social Action’ for its “incredible” contribution to Mitzvah Day, Sadaqa Day and for the whole society giving blood at a Glasgow blood bank. It was Glasgow’s second award of the night, having earlier won ‘Education Project of the Year,’ in honour of Frankfurt-born philanthro-

pist Fred Worms, who died in 2012. MP Luciana Berger and former UJS president Adam Pike were honoured as “inspiring alumni”. Berger applauded the commendable contribution of Sir Victor Blank, saying: “I am a very proud alumni of the Union of Jewish Students; it is one of the reasons l stand here as a member of parliament today.” Others recognised for their work was Leeds University’s Lauren Keiles for interfaith action, and Asher Goldberg and Josh Lee for their Israel Peace Week initiative at Nottingham. Imperial’s JSoc was applauded for its Israel engagement work, following what judges described as a “remarkable Israel tech trip and the creation of an internship programme in Israel”. Event of the Year was won by Brighton and Sussex JSoc for what UJS described as a “sensational” regional Shabbaton.

Wealth manager charged

One of the Jewish community’s best known financial advisors has been charged with fraud offences and bailed to appear before magistrates in two weeks’ time. Wealth manager Freddy David (pictured), 49, a former managing director of Hertfordshire-based HBFS, has been charged with obtaining money transfer by deception and fraud by abuse of position. David, from Borehamwood, stepped down from HBFS late last year amid an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority. He was arrested in November. He led the wealth manage-

ment company, which says it helps clients “put off the taxman”, since 2005, and together with his wife Hannah – who stood as a Conservative Party candidate in Harrow West last year – is thought to have owned it. He attended Bishopsgate Police Station last Thursday and will appear at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 2 July. A spokesman for the firm last year sought to avoid customers’ panic, saying: “We will be cooperating fully with the FCA investigation into this matter. We have assured our clients that all money is completely secure.”

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Watson: Relations ‘worse than before’ Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said relations between the party and the Jewish community were “worse” in 2017 than the year before.

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has been worse. I won’t pretend it hasn’t.” In what will be seen as an attack on the party’s left-wing, he said the problem was with “wider patterns of association… not just with individual cases of anti-Semitism”. The report revealed that Labour’s failure to expel Ken Livingstone was actually good

news for JLM membership, citing a “huge increase” in its numbers, with more than 500 new joiners. “Periods of growth were tied to the Labour Party’s failure to expel Ken Livingstone, and other peaks of antiSemitism within the Labour Party,” said the 100-year old party affiliate, which has been

deeply critical of Corbyn. It reported 517 new members paying up to £15 per year, many joining from overseas, including Israel, and said the group’s regional branches affiliated to 148 constituencies – “over double the previous year’s affiliations”. National Secretary Peter Mason said JLM had given

“unprecedented training” in 2017, and now employed its first member of staff in three decades. Last year also saw JLM represented on the party’s National Executive Committee’s Equalities Sub-Committee, having been given a permanent seat, from where it helped pass rule changes.

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Jewish News 21 June 2018

News / Hate singer / Knife arrest / News briefs

Guilty Chabloz avoids jail A musician who wrote and performed songs which mocked the Shoah has been banned from posting content on social media – but has avoided jail. Alison Chabloz uploaded her tunes on to YouTube – including one which defined Nazi death camp Auschwitz as “a theme park” and the gas chambers as a “proven hoax”. The 54-year-old was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last Thursday to 20 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years. She was also banned from posting anything on social

media for one year and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work. District judge John Zani said Chabloz had shown “no proper remorse” for her actions. “I don’t know whether you want to be a martyr to your purported cause – time will tell,” he added. He warned the defendant that she will face jail if she breaches the court’s orders. Chabloz appeared in the dock wearing blue trousers and matching blouse and red stiletto heels. The public gallery was packed with her supporters

and members of the Campaign Against Antisemitism. In a statement read to the court Stephen Silverman, of the CAA, described her videos as “repugnant” and “one of the cruellest of the many manifestations of anti-Semitism”. Chabloz, who has SwissBritish dual national, was previously convicted of three charges relating to three of her self-penned songs. The songs were partly set to Jewish folk music, with lyrics like: “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes.”

Chabloz, of Charlesworth, Glossop, Derbyshire, was convicted of two counts of causing an offensive, indecent or menacing message to be sent over a public communications network and of another charge relating to a third song.

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woman in possession of a knife behaving erratically”. The suspect, named as Marcia Singh, 47, was charged by police on counts of racially/religiously aggravated fear/provocation of violence, possessing

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GOLDERS GREEN CARE HOME SET TO CLOSE A Jewish care home housing 20 residents in Golders Green is to close later this year because the building needs extensive refurbishment. Officials at Clara Nehab House, which opened in 1965, announced the closure “with a heavy heart”, saying residents could choose to be re-housed in a Jewish Care home. Trustees of Leo Baeck Housing Association, which owns the building, said it would be sold and any remaining assets disbursed “to communal organisations that provide care and support to the Jewish community”.


JEWISH KIDS ‘CHASED WITH KNIFE’ A woman who ran at children with a knife in Stamford Hill shouting “I want to kill all you Jews” has been charged with three offences. Police were alerted by neighbourhood watch group Shomrim to “reports of a


13-years-old. She was kept in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court. Police said they will “continue to work with community partners to keep Haringey safe”.

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Prince William to visit Kotel on Jerusalem trip Prince William will visit the Kotel next week, on the last leg of his tour of the Middle East, according to reports from Israel. The Duke of Cambridge will also travel to the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and visit the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Ynet claimed. He will arrive in Jordan on Sunday before undertaking the first official royal trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. With much of the packed itinerary announced on Monday, Palace officials said the prince would view the Old City from a viewing platform on the Mount of Olives. This would form part of his itinerary in the territories, before the final part of the tour which officials say is aimed at enabling Prince William to understand more about the religions of the region. The Kotel is not normally included in the visits of foreign office ministers. President Trump broke with US presidential tradition by visiting the site in a “private capacity”. The prince, who is second in line to the throne, will also visit Yad Vashem, play football with Arab and Jewish children and meet the prime minister of Israel and the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He is also due to make a keynote speech during a reception at the residence of British Ambassador David Quarrey. In Jordan, he will be building on the long-standing relationship between the two royal families. A spokesman said it was a “privilege” for him to undertake the first official royal visit and he was looking forward to meeting “as many people from as many different walks of life as possible”.

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LORD SUGAR SORRY FOR ‘RACIST’ TWEET Lord Sugar has apologised for a Twitter post in which he compared the Senegal World Cup football team to beach vendors, after originally saying he thought it was “funny” and that it had been misinterpreted. The Apprentice boss tweeted a picture of the sports team, which had been edited to include an image of handbags and sunglasses laid out on sheets, writing: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking resourceful chaps.” After responding to a few people who had criticised his post, Lord Sugar removed it. He tweeted: “Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been

interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I cant see that I think it’s funny [sic]. But I will pull it down if you insist.” He had previously tweeted, to a follower who asked when he would apologise: “I cant see what I have to apologise for … you are OTT … its a bloody joke [sic].” However, he later wrote: “I misjudged me [sic] earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.” His post came the morning after Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in their first game of the World Cup in Russia.

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It hasn’t gone unnoticed on Twitter and there may even be ‘Missing’ posters in the bars of Magaluf, but at the time of going to press, Eyal Booker was noticeable for his absence on Love Island, writes Brigit Grant. He may have eaten a dodgy hemp biscuit or got lost looking for ‘sprites’ in the villa gardens, but whatever it was that was filling his time, the Buddha of Bushey was off screen during the Adam/Rosie/ Laura/Wes collision in the latest episode. There was a flash of his curls in the kitchen at breakfast and a shot of his head, shoulders, knees and toes on the curvy pool bench, but that was all we got to see of our hero until lights out. Without the benefit of Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, everything contestants do on or under their duvets is watched by us, so Eyal and mouthy Megan’s kiss fest was in full sight. On the subject of ‘full sight’, shots of Eyal’s other half Megan Barton in the nod were proving a distraction at school sports days across northwest London. Ahead of the dad’s race in Mill Hill Park, the fathers (and some mums) were passing phones to get a look at the woman who chose Eyal instead of Dr Alex.

They’ve probably now seen more of Megs than Eyal has, but there’s still time. In the real world, Eyal is getting lots of YouTube attention through his former band EverYoung. The band released five singles, none of which reached the UK charts, but this week the Official Charts Company revealed that EverYoung’s Spotify streams have shot up 1,681 percent and, on YouTube, their video Icy Blue has 101,000 views, and Stuck In This Mess has 83,000. Sadly, Eyal is not faring well with Love Island viewers and his odds at 22/1 put him last in the favourites ranking. Maybe little less Buddha and a bit more bad boy might improve his chances, as we want him to stay.

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Around 7,000 Orthodox Jews gathered to voice concerns about religious education

Thousands of Orthodox Jews in north London gathered for a communal prayer to safeguard Torah education on Tuesday, in the largest demonstration of concern the capital has seen in years. The huge show of force, which included students, rabbis, teachers and parents, came amid rising fears that the government’s school inspectorate Ofsted is targeting the religious Jewish community for schools’ refusal to teach protected characteristics covered by the Equalities Act 2010. Community leaders cautioned again of “secular forces” seen to threaten Orthodox values, after several inspections downgraded Orthodox schools for reasons in part based on

the controversial concept of “British values”. Rabbi Dovid Frand, president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, warned of “influential secular forces seeking to impinge on our rights”. Speakers praised Prime Minister Theresa May for her statements about the importance of faith in society, and Frand said: “We thank God we are privileged to live in a tolerant country with a government that has repeatedly pledged to safeguard religion and religious practice.” He added: “We have all gathered together in prayer in the fervent hope we can continue to practice and teach our Torah-true values for generations to come.”

Representatives from the Stamford Hillbased Jewish Community Council have been among those lobbying for a more lenient government line on education, in particular the teaching of different sexualities and genders. JCC founder Levi Schapiro said: “It is a sad reality that in modern Britain we need to lobby government to protect our traditional religious values.” Earlier this month, Jewish representatives told the government Jews feel caught between “anti-extremism and secularisation” and that the idea of ‘British values’ is seen as “hostile”. The Jewish Leadership Council added: “This is far from ideal and we feel much work is needed to address this.”

STUDENTS TELL MPS ABOUT IMPACT OF HATE MPs from across the political spectrum have heard about the impact of anti-Semitism from Jewish children and students and those charged with defending the Jewish community. Six parliamentarians representing constituencies as far north as the Shetlands joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism in London

last week, accompanied by representatives from the Antisemitism Policy Trust (APT). The delegation was briefed on security arrangements and modern-day anti-Semitism by the Community Security Trust before transferring to North West London Jewish Day School to hear directly from pupils about their thoughts and feelings

on being young Jews in Britain. The children had the opportunity to vote in their own referendum on topics such as personal, social, health and economic education, and school security. The MPs also met officers of the Union of Jewish Students to better understand anti-Semitism on campus, including the effect

of Israel Apartheid Week, and the role of the soon-to-be-created Office for Students. APT director Danny Stone said: “I hope that through this kind of interactive engagement, parliamentarians can deepen their understanding of the impact of anti-Semitism in Britain and why it is critical they use their public platform to speak out.”


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Jewish volunteer responders rushed to help shopkeepers in Hendon on Monday after a building partially collapsed. Shomrim North West London was called just before 1pm to attend to the incident on Brent Street. The group said in a statement: “Volunteers responded and assisted with evacuation of shopkeepers and customers along the parade until the arrival of emergency services. London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance, and police attended the scene and thankfully there were no injuries.” Brent Street was temporarily closed between Queens Road and Bell Lane.

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Budget airline Wizz Air is to open up a regular flight from Luton to the Israeli resort of Eilat from the autumn. The new route to the southern Israeli city, which launches on 28 October, was announced by Israel’s Tourist Board on Tuesday, and is the first direct flight to the hotel hotspot since airline Monarch folded in 2017. Wizz Air’s latest addition comes after it announced flights from Luton to Tel Aviv last year. A spokesman said: “The new flight route makes Eilat and Israel even more accessible to the UK market.” Eilat is known for its snorkelling and diving, with its coral beach nature reserve and underwater observatory.

A small charity set up by a Jewish woman in north London to send basic items to Eastern European Jews living on the poverty line has thanked supporters for raising a record £18,000. Borehamwood-based Goods for Good, founded by Ros Bluestone, managed to raise enough money to send four 10-tonne lorries laden with shoes, clothes, bedding and sanitary towels to countries such as Ukraine and Moldova, as well as to refugees further afield in places like Kurdistan and Africa. Individual and corporate supporters attended the fundraiser for the charity, which sends donated overstocked goods to vulnerable communities.

A Jewish charity with shops in north London has told of its “frustration” after thieves again broke into one of its shops on Tuesday night. All Aboard has now had seven break-ins in as many months. The latest incident occurred at its shop at on Finchley Road. CCTV showed someone breaking in through the front, before gaining access to the back of the shop. Staff at the same shop were threatened at knife-point in February, police later arresting a man who lived behind the store. The charity said the breakins have cost “several thousands”. Chief executive Alan Haynes said: “We have had to spend a large amount of money on security measures.”

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Young fundraisers / News

Baby Bladerunner ready to run for Lucy’s charity A Jewish boy who was the joint winner of Jewish News’ young community hero award earlier this year is set to take part in a fundraising run for the charity of one of his own young heroes, writes Andrew Sherwood. Rio Woolf, 10, will raise money for Camp Simcha at this weekend’s Maccabi GB Community Fun Run after being inspired by Lucy Ronson Allalouf, 11, who he met at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes event in February. The pair were named joint winners and Lucy made such an impression on Rio, who is an amputee – nicknamed ‘Baby Bladerunner’ – that he decided to raise money for the charity she supports. “I wanted to raise money for a children’s charity and chose Camp Simcha because I was inspired by Lucy,” he said. “When I saw her nomination film and how she

Heroes: Dermot O’Leary, Rio Woolf, Zak Cohen, Stacey Solomon, Lucy Ronson Allalouf and David Walliams

supports Camp Simcha by selling her amazing paintings to raise money to help other sick children, I decided I wanted to run for them.” Both Rio and Lucy have overcome their own obstacles. Rio was born with tibial aplasia, a one-in-a-million deficiency, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg through the knee. Likewise, Lucy was born with a rare brain tumour, for which she underwent brain

surgery at 14 months old and she now requires daily medications and injections, along with regular hospital visits. But there’s no stopping either of them, with sport fanatic Rio looking forward to representing GB at the Paralympics, and Lucy painting canvases to fundraise for Camp Simcha, which supports families coping with serious childhood illness. Rio’s proud mum Juliette

said: “When we showed Rio the list of charities he could choose from to support, he immediately said he wanted to run for a children’s charity and talked about Lucy. “He was very moved by her story and her bravery and very impressed with the beautiful paintings she sells for Camp Simcha. He decided there and then he wanted to run for Lucy and all the sick children that this wonderful charity supports. “It’s fantastic that through meeting Lucy at Night of Heroes, Rio has been inspired to get involved with supporting Camp Simcha.” Rio will also have his father, Trevor, by his side on Sunday, who said: “We’re really looking forward to a fun day out on Sunday. “I’m an experienced runner, but am pretty sure Rio will outrun me. Our aspiring Paralympian is getting faster all the time.”



Theo Sakol with his proud mum Bianca and dad Gary

A ‘third-time-lucky’ toddler from north London is to run one kilometre at the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run to raise £1,000 for the Jewish genetics charity that helped make him possible. Theo Sakol, aged 18 months, was born to Gary and Bianca Sakol in 2016, after they had been forced to endure two terminations. A chance encounter with Katrina Sarig, director of screening charity Jnetics while Bianca was pregnant in early 2015 led to the couple being tested. Expecting nothing untoward, they discovered they were

both carriers of Canavan disease, which affects one-in-50 Ashkenazi Jews. They soon found out they had passed the life-shortening illness of the central nervous system to the child Bianca was carrying, a one-in-four chance. They had a termination, but were then forced to have another. Bianca got pregnant a third time, and said their participation was a thank you to Jnetics. She added: “There’s not a day goes by that we’re not thankful [to Katrina]. We owe Jnetics so much.” • To sponsor Theo go to totalgiving.


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Sam’s family hits £500k target A family fundraising in memory of a 27-year-old estate agent who died of cancer just weeks after his wedding have reached their £500,000 target. The Sam Keen Foundation, set up in 2011 to raise money for medical research, hit its charity milestone during a quiz night at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue on Sunday. At the event, which was organised by Sam’s sisters, Ruth Lewis, Judith Frazer, Sara Kibel and Rebecca Fox, and his wife Ali Keen, 230 guests raised £9,500 in his memory, which will go towards funding vital research into cancer treatment. Ever since the former Rosh Pinah pupil died of a malignant melanoma in November 2011, the foundation has raised money for

three research fellow places at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Two places have already been funded to work with Professor Martin Gore, a leading immunotherapy researcher. Speaking about the event, Sara said: “Sam brought 230 people together for a magnificent sold-out evening. Everyone in the room felt privileged to fund a research team who are uniquely placed to be able to find a breakthrough. “The sadness of not being able to share our day-to-day lives with Sam is immeasurable, but support like this from the community ensures he’s still with us.” Sam underwent immunotherapy, as part of his treatment. Research

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GOVERNMENT SAVES WELSH ‘KINDER’ CASTLE A listed castle in north Wales that housed hundreds of Kindertransport refugees has been bought thanks to the government funding the final £600,000, after campaigners warned of its “perilous” state of disrepair. The future of the Grade I Listed Gwrych Castle in Abergele, the original home of Zionist

youth movement Bnei Akiva, was secured last week after UK government-funded National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) stepped in with “the final piece of the financial jigsaw”. Dating from 1810, with direct links to British royalty, the castle housed 200 Jewish refugee children as part of Operation Kinder-

transport during the Second World War. Bnei Akiva (BA) and Bachad (Friends of Bnei Akiva) looked after these children under the guidance of Arieh Handler, in the first Jewish Hachsharah farm in England, teaching them the ideology of Torah v’Avodah and giving them agricultural training to help them

set up some of the early kibbutzim in the soon to be established state of Israel. The Castle was home to BA’s first ‘kinus’ (gathering) in December 1940, hosted Handler’s wedding, and continues to play a role in modern day youth movement, hosting summer camps and educational visits.




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Hospital heads under cover in war exercise An emergency drill has shown how the biggest medical centre in northern Israel can swiftly transform itself into a war-ready 2,000-bed underground hospital. The exercise at Rambam Health Care Campus imagined mass casualties from missile attacks on Haifa, as staff demonstrated how the whole facility can be moved to an underground car park in a matter of hours. During the drill, staff activated air purifiers, compressors, power generators and air conditioning systems and deployed toilets and temporary showers while clinicians practised transferring patients and their accompanying equipment, including surgical instruments and even dialysis units. “This cannot be simply a temporary shelter,” a spokesman said. “In the event of an emergency situation, the underground hospital



No legal action will be taken against two German rappers who created an uproar with anti-Semitic lyrics. The state prosecutor in Dusseldorf said the controversial words of the song 0815 that drew several complaints against hip-hop artists Kollegah and Farid Bang were not grounds for prosecution. “The comparison of a concentration camp inmate with their own body may be tasteless, but it does not represent denial of the Holocaust,” the prosecutor said. The lyrics were “vulgar” and “misogynistic” but were protected by rules regarding artistic freedom, he added.


Israel launched an air strike this week against a vehicle belonging to the leader of a Gaza terror cell that has sent burning kites and balloons over the border. Those have caused fires that have destroyed thousands of acres of agricultural land, machinery and woodland. Some 20 fires were ignited in southern Israel on Saturday and at least 11 on Friday, the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr, when Hamas had threatened to launch 5,000 kites and balloons. The cost of damage this summer is estimated at about £1.5million.

is expected to absorb hundreds of oncology patients, pregnant women, dialysis patients and more, all of whom require ongoing medical care while the region is under fire.” Rambam said “lessons were learned” after the 2006 Lebanon war, which cost more than 160 Israeli lives. “After two months of treating the sick and wounded under fire, we decided this reality could not be repeated,” said Rambam director professor Rafi Beyar. An underground command centre from where all emergency activities will be managed was inaugurated last month after a $1 million donation from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. Rambam’s Department of Emergency Medicine is also fortified, and will continue to function during wartime.

EUROVISION WAS RIGGED – TURKEY Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has claimed Israel rigged last month’s Eurovision win so it could host next year’s event in Jerusalem and start a religious war. Speaking to Turkish Babala TV, he also said how Netta Barzilai, who sang Toy to claim Israel’s fourth win in the competition, “wasn’t good” and that “Israel is only able to kill, not to sing”. Also implying Israel was allowed to win so next year’s competition would be held in Jerusalem and instigate a religious war, he added: “The song contest this year developed to an ideological thing. For the first time, they let Israel win the competition so that they can host it next year. “They let them win despite not getting points as it’s being held in the country

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‘Spy’ charged / Cannabis policy / Einstein ‘racism’ / World News

Former MK ‘spied for Iran’ A former Israeli government minister, once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, is back behind bars after being charged with spying for Iran. The Shin Bet said Gonen Segev was extradited from Guinea and arrested upon arrival in Israel last month Accused: Gonen Sagev on suspicion of “committing offences of assisting the market and security sites in enemy in war and spying Israel including buildings and officials in political and secuagainst the state of Israel”. It said Segev, a former rity organisations”. Segev, who served in the energy minister, acted as an agent for Iranian intelli- Cabinet under prime minister gence and relayed informa- Yitzhak Rabin in the midtion “connected to the energy 1990s, was arrested in 2004

Cannabis review praised A senior figure in Israel’s cannabis industry has applauded the UK Government’s decision to review the laws surrounding the use of medical cannabis, after a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy was hospitalised after his cannabis oil was seized. Saul Kaye of iCAN IsraelCannabis, which develops cannabis-related products, hosts

trade conferences around the world and campaigns for better laws, welcomed news this week that the Home Office had granted Billy Caldwell temporary access to medical cannabis. However, he said: “Israel currently has 35,000 patients using medical cannabis. So congratulations on the first patient, but the UK has a long way to go.”

for attempting to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets from the Netherlands to Israel using an expired diplomatic passport. Segev, a former doctor whose medical license was revoked, was released from prison in 2007 and had been living in Africa in recent years. The Shin Bet said Segev met with his operators twice in Iran, and also met with Iranian agents in hotels and apartments around the world. Segev was given a “secret communications system to encrypt messages” with his operators.

EINSTEIN ‘RACISM’ IN DIARY Albert Einstein held racist and xenophobic views about Asians and Middle East nationals, a version of his travel diaries from 1922-23 has shown. The German-born theoretical physicist, who won the Nobel Prize a year before travelling throughout Asia and the Middle East, later became known as a staunch advocate for civil rights while living in the

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The statement said that Segev maintained connections with Israeli civilians who had ties to the country’s security and foreign relations. It said he acted to connect them with Iranian agents who posed as businessmen. Israel and Iran are bitter enemies, and the allegations against Segev are extremely grave. Israel considers Iran to be its biggest threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, Iran’s support for hostile militant groups like Hezbollah and its development of long-range missiles.

United States. However, his diaries from this earlier six-month period, during which he and his wife sailed between several countries, show he thought Sri Lankans “do little,” Egyptians were “as if spewed from hell” and Chinese were “filthy and obtuse”. He also said the Chinese were “more like automatons than people”.


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The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires posted a video message of support for the national team at the World Cup, despite Argentina cancelling a match in Israel in support of the boycott campaign. Referring to star footballer Lionel Messi, the embassy said: ‘We are used to waiting for the Messi-ah.’


The mayor of Rio de Janeiro took to the stage to sing at a concert last week in order to raise money for a new Holocaust memorial. Marcello Crivella, an evangelical Christian who has visited Israel 40 times, sung to 4,000 concert-goers, with songs including ‘I Am Israel.’ The memorial’s cornerstone was laid last year.


A Croat dressed as a rabbi who said he was a diplomat with the Israeli embassy has been accused by Italian police of masterminding an audacious art theft north of Milan last year. The 44-year old, who is not Jewish, was arrested last month. Two painting were stolen.


More than two dozen American Jewish organisations, including the Orthodox Union, signed an open letter opposing Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown because it separates children from their families at the US border. Trump’s wife Melania added her support, saying she “hates to see it”. Miss Israel and Miss Iran, Adar Gandelsman and Sarah Idan, displayed a united front as they posed together on the front cover of the latest issue of Israeli style magazine LaIsha

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THE MAGESTIC ‘BRIDE OF BELSEN’ I wanted to commend you on of the liberating British sol‘Hezbollah shall not pass!’ your excellent editorial coverdiers, Sgt. Norman Turgel, was age on the passing of Gena an important one but, as she Turgel. herself said in an interview: “My I never had the occasion to story, the story of a survivor, is meet Gena personally but, the story that six million others by all accounts, she was a cannot tell.” She took it as her wonderfully warm and caring duty to educate thousands of person, who managed to live people, young and old, about the fullest of lives, in spite of the inhumanity done in man’s – the unimaginable horrors she and God’s – name. experienced in the early years Let us hope that her legacy of her life. ensures that people learn from She has been described as her horrific experiences. I’m sure a ‘majestic woman’, a ‘naI won’t be the only one looktional treasure’, ‘respected Tribute: Last week’s front page ing to reread her book, I Light 4 The Great Jewish Bake Day as a leader and an educator’, a Candle. May her memory be a e car ish jew for re e and sha News bak and the people who heard her blessing. Baruch dayan ha’emet. speak were privileged indeed. Rebecca Silver The story of the Bride of Belsen, who wed one Whetstone How one brave man in a wheelchair halted the hateful Al Quds Day march See pages 2, 3 & 23


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As a star comes close to burning up all its energy, it greatly expands and its luminosity increases exponentially, with huge amounts of light and energy given off. The word ‘star’ can be too easily applied to people, but if you think about it in this context, it is more than apt for two Holocaust survivors – the newly-knighted Sir Ben Helfgott and the wonderful Gena Turgel, who passed away hours before Ben’s good news was announced. Their influence has spread far and

wide. Together they have helped young people understand what Europe’s Jews went through only several decades ago, explaining what man can do to fellow man, what it felt like, what it smelled like. That’s why Gena valued perfume so much – the smell of the camps stayed with her for years after and she used bottles of scent to get rid of it. Likewise, never will the testimony of these two formidable characters leave both the children and adults who heard them recall what happened, saying ‘never again’ so poignantly and determinedly.

It matters not that Ben’s voice is now no longer as strong as it once was. They have both said – so well and to so many – what they felt they needed to. This week the community shared in the delight when the Government honoured Ben with a richly-deserved knighthood, but it was a bittersweet moment – with news breaking that Gena had passed away, aged 95. Those of us who met her each have our stories to tell. They may recall, as our own editorial staff do, how she’d make them eat more sandwiches and

homemade apple strudel than they could manage, knowing where her insistence ultimately came from. The words she used were careful, yet stark. Hers was an experience she would not wish on anyone, but that she would tell anyone willing to listen and learn. People who knew her spoke of her “majesty” this week. Some people don’t need the title ‘Dame’ to be seen as one. And to Sir Ben, whose title now matches his status, the community expresses its continuing admiration. Continued on page 20

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Long has the name of the UN Human Rights Council been sullied when it comes to Israel. So it was no shocker when Donald Trump told his UN ambassador to get the hell out of there this week, which she duly did in a volley of bombast. Jewish communities both here and in the US would never deny such a body the remit of investigating Israeli actions – indeed it would never ask that Israel be treated differently to any other state. And herein lies the point. If it were not treated differently to others, there would be no permanent agenda item for the Council to discuss Israel at every meeting held since 2007. Beyond the obscene and ever-present Item 7, however, the Council does good work. Its investigations into allegations of human rights abuses are very much needed in places like Yemen, Syria, Burundi and South Sudan. But when it comes to Israel, there is institutional bias that scuppers any hope of objectivity. Remember the Council’s most recent “independent” investigation into Israeli actions in Gaza in 2014? It was shown that the inquiry chair, the no-doubt well-meaning Professor William Schabas, had earlier given legal advice to the Palestinian leadership, meaning he was somewhat less than independent. Yet this was just one of many reasons for Israelis to cry foul. It is little wonder that the Jewish state and its defenders lost faith in ever getting a fair hearing. So, it is obvious that the US withdrawal from the UNHRC should be welcomed. Or is it? Is there not the argument that it is better to reform something from within than from without? Moreover, it is of no little concern that Donald Trump’s latest withdrawal from a multilateral body mirrors a US withdrawal from the Middle East more generally, leaving states like Iran to fill the vacuum, and relinquishing the US role as guarantor for any end peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, were this ever to be agreed. Making America Great Again, under this president, appears to be making America smaller in the world, and the world will carry on regardless. Israel’s powerful friend risks withdrawing from positions from which it can come to Israel’s defence. And that is a worry.







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REAL MEANING OF POPULISM In last week’s edition, the CST’s Mark Gardner used the term “populist” in the context of bigoted, extremist right-wing agendas. This is what passes for the intelligentsia in Britain use the term “populist” today. This is very ironic. The term originated in the last part of the 19th century in the USA, as a political movement found largely in the Midwestern and Western states. This is an area where there are strong traditions of direct democracy, something anathema to British and European political classes. Rather than being rightwing or even nationalist, populism was actually very liberal and part of what

turned the Democratic Party from a pro-slavery party into the liberal party it has become. Populism was about the promotion of ideas and policies of a liberal society and welfare state that people in Britain take for granted. At the heart of populism was the idea that government existed for the benefit of all the people, and not just to make politicians and special interests rich. The use of populism as it is now used as a term for far-right extremism underscores something endemic in European ruling classes: fear of and contempt for ordinary people. Levi Sokolic By email

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Editorial comment and letters


I attended the Al Quds rally in the centre of London on 10 June. The pro-Israel counter-demo was the usual upbeat peaceful celebration of Israel’s position and achievements, along with abhorrence of the symbols displayed in front of us, accompanied by speakers. Things deteriorated significantly when I saw the full vileness of our adversaries closer to hand as they began their march. The Hezbollah flags brazenly paraded have been well publicised, abhorrent as they are. The “From the river to the sea” chant is sadly all too familiar, albeit still as chilling as ever.

Then to see a pro-Palestinian woman leading her young child with one hand and holding a placard in the other with a picture of what appeared to be a boy throwing a Molotov cocktail or similar, I think may have pushed me over the edge. It reminded me vividly of Golda Meir’s famous quote. I managed to convey some irony to one demonstrator, who was holding a “boycott Israel” placard in one hand and busily filming proceedings with his mobile phone in the other, by trying to enlighten him on where most of that technology originated. This intervention was met with a torrent of jeers. What really disappointed me however was how my tone deteriorated and I found myself sinking to their level, losing my calmness and composure, trading insults, at odds with the peaceful presentation from the various pro-Israel contingents present.

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I was extremely moved by last week’s Jewish News front page tribute to the extraordinary life of the late Gena Turgel, alongside the well-deserved belated knighthood for Sir Ben Helfgott. These two individuals have been the prime movers in making sure the darkest chapter of 20th century history is not forgotten by the generations that follow. I have had the honour of hearing both these remarkable individuals speak, an expierence that will live with me as long as I live. I pledge to pass their stories of bravery, strength and determination on to the next generation. Naomi Brescher Holloway

Shaming our streets CHAZAN’S BACKGROUND The average reader of your report “Chazan jailed for seven years over sexual offences against teenage girl” (Jewish News online, 10 June) would no doubt assume Jason Blair was chazan of an Orthodox synagogue. Since I’d never heard of him, I did a Google search and found a link to Limmud. This states that “Jason Blair is head of education and youth activities at Edgware Masorti Shul. He has created a two-year

long-term plan for the cheder and regularly encourages youth to explore their perceived boundaries. Jason is also the part time chazan at the shul.” Probably EMS was unaware of his activities at the time it employed him, but the question is why should his connection with Masorti be hidden, something that would not be the case had he been strictly-Orthodox?

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Jewish News 21 June 2018


William will see the real Israel we know and love SIR ERIC PICKLES



ake no mistake: Tuesday is a massive day for the Middle East, for the monarchy and, in particular, for Israel. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the throne, will make the first official visit of the Royal family to Israel. The duke is central to the modern House of Windsor. He has done much to ensure that our Royal family moves strongly into the middle part of the 21st century. So what he sees is important. Back in March, I made a plea on these pages. A plea that the duke sees the real Israel, with all its vibrancy, innovation and compassion. A plea that the duke wouldn’t be subjected to meeting after meeting in stuffy rooms. What a relief that our duke will be spared those windowless, airless briefing rooms! In Tel Aviv – Israel’s modern beating heart – the duke will be given a showcase of worldleading high tech start-ups. He will hear about

the technologies and inventions that will shape our shared future – both in Israel and the UK. In Jaffa, he will join Jewish and Arab Israeli children for a football kick-about with two organisations focused on coexistence between young people of different religious and ethnic communities. The Equalizer (which is sponsored by the UJIA and the British Embassy in Israel) and the Peres Center for Peace show Israel at its best. As president of the Football Association, it is a sensible decision to include The Equalizer coexistence project in the duke’s itinerary. The image of him playing football with young children from different communities in such a divided region will surely be among the tour’s standout ones. Importantly, the duke’s visit will also reiterate the ability of sport to bring together communities following the sad decision of the Argentina Football Association to cancel their recent friendly football game in Israel under duress from the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the prince is understood to be visiting the historic and sacred sites

of the Old City. He will bear witness to religious pilgrims and tourists from all corners of the world visiting this most special of cities. A city where the world comes together every single day. In addition to meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, the prince’s visit to Yad Vashem with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will offer a poignant moment to reflect on where intolerance can lead. A royal visit is quite unlike anything else. Modern visits strip away the pageantry and instead concentrate on the people of the country being visited. Along with the prince will come a sophisticated press corps. It is through their eyes that we will see Israel

afresh. We will see the historic images, but also pictures of bustling communities working and getting on together to make a prosperous and safe place in a region of chaos and violence. While high-profile visits of this nature can be unpredictable, there are two things of which I’m confident. First, the prince will receive the warmest of welcomes in Israel. Second, he’ll discover a thriving democracy that celebrates and cherishes the same values we proudly do in the UK. I have another reason to look forward to next week. On Monday I start a new life as a member of the House of Lords. But that, as they say, is another story…




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Sir Ben’s knighthood is a blessing for us all RUTH-ANNE LENGA UCL CENTRE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION


t was an enormous delight (and relief ) to hear that the UCL Centre’s good friend and advocate Ben Helfgott was given a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Ben has influenced our work considerably. When we established the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education 10 years ago, he was on the end of the phone advising and helping us, pummelling us with questions that would help us to shape our vision and rationale. At least twice a year I find an excuse to escort him into schools, helping to contextualise his talk for the students and navigate their questions. However, he often deliberately diverts from his personal testimony to tell of the inspirational Jewish doctor and pedagogue Janusz Korczak who, in 1942, rejected the chance to escape deportation from the Warsaw Ghetto to remain with 200 orphaned Jewish children in his charge. All were sent to Treblinka and murdered. For Ben, Korczak is a guiding light and it

was through Ben that I too found Korczak, who is surprisingly little known in the English-speaking world. Since then, my colleagues at UCL and I have supported every effort to weave Korczak’s educational theory and legacy into our core programmes. Ben continues to teach our centre’s team about ‘The Boys’, the concentration camp child refugees, and how they were accepted into this country in 1945 and in turn grew up to serve Britain through their ingenuity, hard work and charitable efforts. Ben was, and still is, their leading ‘Boy’. He helped them to face the challenge of living a ‘normal’ life as they emerged from teenagers into adulthood. His athletic strength (Ben became a British Olympic weightlifting champion after just over 15 years after liberation), was an achievement that helped to empower the whole group. In addition, as they grew older, Ben gave Holocaust survivors much-needed encouragement to speak about their experiences to school students and teachers around the country – a task that meant reopening wounds and revisiting trauma. Many understandably recoiled from this but the trust the survivors had in Ben

gave many the impetus to attempt to bear witness. Survivor Solly Irving, who spent his retirement years speaking to thousands of school students and teachers-in-training at UCL (IOE) told me shortly before he died: “I would never have had the courage to speak about my life had it not been for Ben.” Our 2016 research revealed the profound impact meeting survivors has on young people – an encounter that will inevitably be lost as time moves on. Many survivors, as a result of coming forward to give their testimony, have now also been recorded on film by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and other organisations, giving teachers a profound educational resource for the future. Ben was a persuasive voice in the battle to get the Holocaust on the English National Curriculum and works tirelessly to ensure

survivors receive compensation and restitution from the German government. He harbours no hate; his most remarkable work is arguably his ongoing efforts to build bridges between the Poles and the Jews; unfaltering in remembering the past but working towards a constructive future. In 2012, our centre submitted a proposal to the Institute of Education (IOE) to award Ben an honorary doctorate. I was told by the awards committee it took less than half a minute for it to agree. We will continue to follow his lead in his commitment to Holocaust education and in empowering young people to work for a better and safer world. Making Ben a knight of the realm is a blessing for this country, for our centre and for the work we do.


Judaism is more than just going to shul on Shabbat LISA LEVENE



ver since I can remember, my parents taught me success is not about being the best, but trying your best. The end result is out of our control, but what is crucial is the effort invested. This approach reflects a core principle in Jewish thought. Over the past 18 months, as a participant in the Ma’ayan programme, it is something I have been frequently reminded of. Under the expert guidance of the Chief Rabbi, Dayan Simons, professors at UCL and other professionals, we received advanced pedagogical training in adult education. The course focused on matters relating to women’s health and halachot (laws) governing marital intimacy. The way in which these complex concepts were brought to life challenged the group in a number of different ways but also enabled us to see one another’s unique skill sets and talents. There were times when I was pushed out


of my comfort zone, humbled by the sheer volume and depth of knowledge presented on topics I had not even encountered before, and I sat in awe as I learnt from our teachers. But I knew this was something I needed to persist with to completion. My husband and I are blessed to have four beautiful daughters and I am often asked how parents can best prepare their children to be committed to Jewish life and continuity. For me the answer is clear. We need to live it, make it relevant and find it exciting and meaningful in our own lives. Using the gifts we have in this generation, be they technology, ease of travel, our education system,

it is incumbent upon us to make Judaism relevant in every aspect of our lives. Rather than limiting it to shul on a Shabbat morning, Judaism should underpin our every value and practice. In this way, I believe we can be the impetus for our children and the wider community as they ask the questions which form their respective Jewish journeys. Just as a smile is contagious, I believe enthusiasm for Jewish life breeds yet more enthusiasm. This perspective demands I too, as a parent, continue to question and develop my own understanding and live with genuine excitement about our faith. Rabbi Ezriel Tauber, a prominent rabbinical figure, provides an excellent illustration. Imagine, he says, a new type of synthetic potato. It smells and tastes like a real potato but has one important difference – when you plant a synthetic potato, nothing grows. Only a natural, original potato can produce others like it. So with us. We must invest in our Judaism, make it ours, and in doing so ensure our love and passion will project outwards and influence

those around us so it carries forward to the next generation. As a parent I try to adhere to this teaching, and as a rebbetzen I try to impart it communally. On a personal level, this mindset is what prompted me to apply for the Ma’ayan programme. The effort invested in our programme, the depth of knowledge gained and growth experienced by us all has been immeasurable. Learning and working with an intellectually astute and immensely talented group of women reflects the different voices in Anglo Jewry. Variations in our backgrounds, skills and personalities are clear, but it is a diversity crucial for us to advance women’s learning opportunities on an individual, communal and national basis. There is no “one fits all” approach, and the ten of us reflected that. The programme is in its infancy, but as Ma’ayanot we are ready to reach out to communities and to enhance their education and Torah learning. In doing so we hope to develop the existing opportunities for the ‘ma’ayan’, the ‘wellspring’ of Torah, to continue to flow.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Hertsmere Jewish Primary School (HJPS) in Radlett held a pyjama day in aid of Chai Cancer Care, for which pupils donned their PJs, raising £400 in the process. Teacher Myra Confino said: “The school council team decided they wanted to raise money for Chai as it is a charity very close to our hearts at HJPS. We loved coming to school in our pyjamas and lots of fun was had by all who took part. We hope the money we have raised will be put to great use to help all those in need and their families.”


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More than 50 children, parents and staff from Keren’s Nursery in Holland Park Synagogue marked the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy by taking part in a silent walk. They raised more than £700 for The Rugby Portobello Trust, which assists Grenfell Tower residents. Nursery founder Keren Ben Ezra, said: “We all experienced the shock of the tragedy and felt obliged to support our community.”


Sir Ben Helfgott made his first public appearance following the announcement of his knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. At JW3 for the book launch of Sir Ben Helfgott: One of the Boys, the audience paid tribute to his outstanding and remarkable life with a standing ovation. Pictured: Author Michael Freeland, Sir Ben Helfgott and journalist and panel chair Daniel Finkelstein.


Mayor of Islington David Poyser was the guest of honour at The Big Jewish Summer Fete, which was held in Highbury Fields, Islington. Sponsored by Simon Marks Jewish Primary School, families enjoyed activities, including balloon decorating at the school’s stall. The mayor said: “I was extremely proud to have my photo taken as Mayor, with Simon Marks Jewish Primary School chair of governors Howard Pallis. I wish the school the very best in the future as it charts the territory of the changing demographics and the surrounding area.”






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CHIC Committee ‘Caring Heart’s for Israel’s Children’ raised £4,600 for Emunah at a sell-out musical bingo night in Borehamwood. British Emunah director Deborah Nathan said: “The Chic committee has pulled off another fantastic event supporting Emunah’s vital work in Sderot, providing counselling and therapies to those affected by the increase in violence on the Gaza border.”




Wearing aprons Yavneh College Students had made for them as part of a GIFT educational activity, Langdon students made sweet packages for families supported by charity GIFT. The charity and students work together as part of the Langdon Brady Scheme, which also offers students an opportunity to think about and give to others.



Kosher caterer Tony Page cooked for 40 guests at his home to launch Magen David Adom UK’s 2018 London Dinner Campaign, the ‘Life Blood Dinner’. Guests also heard from Professor Eilat Shinar, director of Israel’s Blood Service. The charity will raise money at this year’s dinner for the new £90m National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla. MDA UK chief executive, Daniel Burger, said: “The future of Israel’s blood supply is of paramount importance to emergency medical care in Israel. We look forward to making this year’s dinner a great success and raise much-needed funds.”


Pupils, their parents and teachers enjoyed Yavneh Primary’s inaugural fun day, which raised more than £4,000 for a playground for the new school building currently under construction. Yavneh headteacher Caroline Field said: “At Yavneh, the children are at the heart of everything we do. Thanks to the dedication of our PTA and all the families who attended, our children will benefit from enhanced resources when we move into our new building in 2019.”


The Kitah Hey boys from the Lubavitch Boys School in London enjoyed an action-packed Shabbaton as a reward for their excellent davening since the beginning of the year. The Shabbaton was run and organised by Rabbi S.A Hackner & teacher Mr Shelton, together with the teaching assistant Mr Brown, and began on Friday with a kayaking trip. Shabbat was spent at Buckhurst Hill’s Chabad House.


A new social action after-school club has been set up for children and their parents at Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner. Known as M&M’s Club (which stands for middot and mitzvot), the club’s first venture was to visit Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore, where the goal of the visit was to provide comfort and befriending to the elderly residents.

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Fond farewell to Rabbi Farhi

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More than 400 people paid tribute to Rabbi Shlomo Farhi and his family at the Royal Horticultural Society. They are embarking on a new chapter at New York’s Safra Synagogue, where Farhi will be building Chazak New York. He was presented with a Sefer Torah for Chazak, whose new director, Rabbi Moshe Levy, said: “Chazak is committed to growing with you all.”


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Theatre / Lifestyle

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Getting to know Bart Francine Wolfisz speaks to Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher about his new treatment of The King And I and his surprise at discovering his father was Jewish tices, but also these great pressures from modernity.” Speaking of changing cultures, the theatre maven was more than aware of the differences between putting on The King And I for today’s audience, and that of 1951, when the show originally opened on Broadway. “In the 1950s there was this feeling about “Orientalism”, a fetishizing of the east, which is not acceptable today,” says Sher. “I wanted to strip that away and present a more contemporary point of view on different cultures.” Sher also had to grapple with the challenges of putting on the revival of a show that millions are likely already familiar with. “Revivals are really memory exercises. There’s a part of the audience who have seen the film or stage musical more than one time and for whom these are very special stories. “That’s a great thing, but it can also be a burden, because you have Shall We Dance: The King And I stars Kelli O’Hara as Anna and Ken Watanabe in the title role to live up to certain expectations.” So for Sher it was a case pertinent to today’s world. Now The King and I is transfertories about our past can of in with the new Sher, who lives ring to the London Palladium for lend opportunities to – “leaning more in New York with three months, starring Broadway talk about the present,” into themes like his wife, actress favourite Kelli O’Hara as Anna reflects director Bartlett racism, sexism, Kristin Flanders, and The Last Samurai actor Ken Sher, ahead of the opening of The the education of and their two Watanabe in the title role. King And I in London this week. women” – and daughters, The 59-year-old award-winning The beloved Rodgers & Hammeraway with the tells me: “The director, who only discovered his stein musical, set in Bangkok during out-of-date King And I is Lithuanian-born father was Jewish the 1860s, is based on the novel and attitudes. basically a story during his teenage years, is no film, Anna and the King of Siam, But the of changing stranger to revivals or historicallywhich in turn is derived from the Rogers and culture. The based shows and often feels “drawn memoirs of Anna Leonowens, a Hammerstein King is trying to stories that lie somewhere British schoolteacher brought over score, including such to modernise his between the old and the new”. by the imperious king to tutor his classics as Getting To country through indusHe explains: “Stories from the many wives and children. Know You, Whistle A trialisation, but living in Director Bartlett Sher past give us a fascinating opportuBack in his native US, Sher’s Happy Tune and Shall an extremely traditional nity to look at then and now and to revival enjoyed a criticallyWe Dance? remains. country. We see the question our own values”. acclaimed run in New York, a Prior to his latest show, Sher struggle now in countries which While The King And I is set 150 sold-out tour and four Tony awards, forged a name for himself with have very traditional religious pracyears ago, the themes are more than including Best Musical Revival.


another Rogers and Hammerstein revival, South Pacific, for which he won a Tony in 2008. He has also previously been at the helm of Oslo, which transferred to the National Theatre last summer and a revival of Fiddler On The Roof on Broadway. All three shows reflect Sher’s interest in not only the past, but also more specifically, his own multicultural upbringing in a CatholicJewish household. “I grew up in a very unique family. I was raised Catholic, but my father was Jewish, even though I didn’t really know until I was almost 14-years-old, when my parents started to go through a rancorous divorce. “Both my grandparents, who were fluent Yiddish speakers, and father were born in a shtetl in Lithuania. My father was very assimilated and didn’t want people to know he was Jewish. It was something I never heard him talking about, ever. “I never really got to have the conversation with him and he died when I was 21, but I had always wanted to ask. When I did Fiddler, it was sort of in my own way, of exploring my grandparents and father.” As for how his Jewishness affects him today, Sher unhesitatingly responds, “constantly”. He adds: “I’ve always felt drawn to certain kinds of work, so I feel it, even in a subconscious way. I think of myself more as an artist first before establishing whether I am Jewish or Catholic, but it is certainly something I’m very proud of.”  The King and I runs at the London Palladium until September 29. Details:


Jewish News 21 June 2018

Lifestyle / The World Cup

Seven reasons why this World Cup is so Jewish From the Jewish football coach and commentators to the man who made “Goooooooooal!” world famous, Emily Burack looks at the heimische connections to this festival of football has a Jewish team coach 1Colombia

where young Jewish and Arab residents of Jerusalem will try to score against a goalkeeper. Organiser Dror Amedi said: “Our goal is to take an event that unites the world and has become a symbol of fraternity between nations, the football World Cup, and use it to create bonds between Jewish and Arab youth in Israel.” During the four-week event, the World Cup is being broadcast on the walls of the Old City.

Jose Pekerman is the 68-year-old Argentine coach of the Colombian team, which unfortunately for him, lost its opening match against Japan on Tuesday. The grandson of Ukrainian immigrants, Pekerman started his footbal career at the local Maccabi Jewish youth club in Entre Rios, a province north of Buenos Aires. At one point he lived in Villa Crespo, a Jewish neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. He played professionalfootball for seven years, but his career as a coach has been much more notable. From 2004 to 2006, Pekerman guided the Argentina squad and was the coach who called up a young Lionel Messi to his first World Cup. Pekerman resigned following Argentina’s loss in the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals, but six years later took over the Colombian national side. Before the 2014 World Cup, Colombia had not qualified for the tournament since 1998, but he guided it to the last eight of the competition. Pekerman, who received Colombian citizenship after the team qualified in 2014, said helping Colombia return to the World Cup was “one of the greatest joys in his life.”

Harry Kane celebrates scoring England’s last-minute winner against Tunisia (main); German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s (below) father made quite the impression in Israel on a recent visit

announcer who made 2The “GOOOOOOOAL!” famous is Jewish While Andrés Cantor, an Argentine Jew who grew up in America, didn’t invent the ridiculously long call for a score, he certainly popularised it. This World Cup is Cantor’s ninth as a commentator, and he is the lead announcer for the Spanish-speaking

Telemundo network. Cantor’s Romanian and Polish grandparents fled Europe during the Second World War. At this World Cup, Cantor is joined by his 24-year-old son Nico, also a sportscaster and sports journalist.

Israel didn’t qualify, 3players but there are two based in Israel Like the last World Cup, and for that matter, every World Cup except for 1970, Israel didn’t qualify this year. At the 1970 competition in Mexico, Israel qualified as an Asian team, but shortly after it was expelled from the Asian Football Confederation due to political pressure from its Arab neighbours. Since then, Israel has had to compete and qualify in the European qualifiers — a much harder task. There are, though, two players from Israel clubs who are competing. John Ogu, a midfielder for Hapoel Beersheva, is on the

Nigerian John Ogu plays club football in Israel with Hapoel Beersheva

Nigerian team, whie Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Jewish player turned 4The commentator taking to the airwaves

Juan Pablo Sorín, now 42, captained Argentina at the 2006 World Cup, when Pekerman was head coach. He played for some of Europe’s best clubs, including Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Villarreal, before retiring in 2009. He started working as a pundit in 2012 and contributes commentary for the American, Spanish language network, Telemudo.

Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate will be 5during turned into a football goal the semi-finals

A non-profit called Kulna Yerushalayim will host a shootout at the Jaffa Gate, one of the seven entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem,

an app for Jewish 6There’s tourists visiting Russia

The app, called “soccer-hay”, has a guide to synagogues, local rabbis and where to find the best kosher food in the country. It is available for iOS and Android. The Jewish Community Center of Moscow is also hosting a multilingual information desk every day. According to the International Sports Travel Agencies Association, up to 10,000 Israelis are expected to attend the World Cup.

it’s shalom to 7And Germany….

Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer actually has a sizeable following in Israel. His father Peter made a notable impression when he visited a group of at-risk youngsters in Jerusalem and handed out signed postcards of his famous son.

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These aubergine rolls can be served as a tasty starter all year round: they are also perfect for picnics or in a lunch box. The secret of the striped line appearance is to ensure the pan is hot when you fry them on a griddle pan or barbecue. The pretty griddle lines will appear only if you leave the aubergine to cook for two to three minutes without turning. If you sprinkle the aubergine slices with salt before cooking, this reduces


2 aubergines 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 red chilli – deseeded and finely chopped 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste 1 large bunch of fresh mint – finely chopped Juice of 1/2 lemon 300g feta cheese – crumbled Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

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Lifestyle / Travel

Call into Calais! Lucy Daltroff explores northern France and discovers forgotten Jewish heroes, wartime bravery and the inspiration behind James Bond’s Casino Royale…


eing just a short drive and ferry ride away can mean the Pas de Calais region is taken too much for granted, but we decided to visit with a definite mission to explore. Our base was a small, but comfortable gite (a French holiday house), in Béthune, 45 miles south-east of Calais, with good access to the surrounding area. The city has a stunning central plaza with a defining feature – a 36-bell belfry dating from the 14th century that belts out its tune from a fabulous Flemish gothic tower. Opposite is an imposing town hall, a building that is testament to the majesty of the Republic. Béthune was a wealthy Flanders city involved in cloth dyeing and the tanning of leather and later continued in its prosperity through mining. Sadly, the majority of its historic buildings constructed during these successful economic periods were flattened by German artillery in 1918. Although the town had been fought over many times, it was still surprising to see Jewish soldiers from three countries buried in the extensive cemetery on the outskirts of the municipality. One of these was an extraordinary forgotten hero – Lieutenant Frank Alexander de Pass – who was awarded the first Jewish Victoria Cross of the First World War for defending a trench and protecting his side, while at a great personal risk from enemy bombs. While under heavy

Bunker-turned-museum La Coupole

Clockwise from top: The beach at Le Touquet, the city of Béthune and, left, its town cemetery, also the burial ground of Jewish war veterans

fire, he also rescued a wounded man who was lying exposed to enemy bullets. De Pass lost his life the following day, while continuing this defence on 25 November 1914. Béthune is also the centre of a wonderful story of bravery and chutzpah.. In 1940, the Germans ordered the Jewish population to prepare for deportation. Fortuné Delestrez, a resident of the city, immediately offered sanctuary to two children, Fanny and Simon. As adults, they were able to recount two incidents when Nazi officers, tipped off by informers, searched the Delestrez home. On the first occasion, his wife Louise draped a long tablecloth over the table, hid the children underneath, and then proceeded to serve the Germans coffee from the same table! When the Nazis arrived again, Fanny and Simon were concealed behind a wardrobe on top of a large beer container and the Germans once more failed in their quest, owing to Louise’s ability to keep her cool. Two months later, Fanny and Simon were smuggled out of the Delestrez apartment, hidden in potato sacks and, after some hardships, were eventually able to join their parents in Paris. The act of heroism by the Delestrez family was remembered in 1991, when Yad Vashem included them among rhe Righteous Among the Nations. Eleven miles from Béthune is the town

of Lens, home to one of France’s top football teams and, surprisingly, a branch of the Louvre. It was opened in 2012 and is the best designed museum I have ever visited, yet stuck in the corner of the town beyond the football stadium, it does seem rather a neglected treasure. Laying out the exhibits in chronological, as well as geographic order, is a work of genius that needs to be copied, as does the large bright glass room in which they are displayed. The ancient statues are gobsmacking. Four Egyptian baboons sit ahead of Marcus Aurelius and a Mithraic bull and are life-size. The decline in the Dark Ages becomes apparent further forward with unrealistic paintings of saints and a rare direct portrait of God. Indian and Iranian art adds to the contrast, but we have to wait to the final years of the ancient regime to see western images that compare in quality to the earlier sections. Furniture and paintings from that period form a fitting prelude to the iconic last work of Napoleon on his horse. Le Touquet has changed a lot since I last visited as a child, but still oozes charm and elegance, which continues to make it a favourite for elegant Parisians wanting some time on its extensive coastline. The casino was the inspiration for Casino

Royale – Ian Fleming was a frequent visitor. Other famous tourists include Sean Connery, Winston Churchill and Tony Blair. It has become especially popular nowadays as Brigitte Macron inherited villa Monejan from her parents, and the presidential couple come frequently to Le Touquet to relax. The town is only two hours from both London and Paris and is also known as a good destination for sport-based family holidays, with its golf courses, tennis courts, and sand yachting. Boutiques and eateries are sophisticated and numerous. We had a tip-off to visit the famous fish restaurant, Perard, and were not disappointed with our meal. Less hospitable is the fact that Pas de Calais has the unfortunate pride of being one of the birthplaces of military rockets. Near St Omer is La Coupole, originally a hardened bunker that has been transformed into a museum, depicting the evil of the Nazi V2 programme. This is where the Nazi war criminal Wernher von Braun used slave labour in a desperate attempt to produce a terror weapon that might rescue Hitler’s war. When that failed, he was able to avoid capture by the Soviets and become a US hero. More than two decades later, von Braun extended his work into the programme that designed the Saturn V, the rocket which first launched Americans to the moon.

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This week’s reading prepares the visitor to enter the holiest site in Judaism – the Temple Mount. Originally a ritual to allow access to the desert sanctuary, the ashes of a red-brown cow, hyssop grass and sprinkled water readied the worshipper to attend the sanctum of Solomon’s, and later, Ezra’s Temple. Tradition states the very ritual which purified the entrant worshipper made the purifier impure, symbolising the willingness we should have to help others, even if we risk becoming sullied by association. Miriam dies and the people thirst for water. God tells Moses and Aaron to speak to a rock for water. Instead, Moses hits the rock, disobedience that earns Moses and Aaron a ban on entry into the Promised Land. Aaron is instructed to ascend Mount Hor, pass the mantle of his priesthood to his son Elazar and die there. Discouraged and upset, the people complain and are punished with an attack of serpents. Moses fashions a copper snake and those who were bitten are cured. They thank God with the Song of Israel, which centres on the digging of wells by the princes of Israel and the stations of their journey up to the borders of Moab on the East Bank of the Jordan. It is there that the Israelites defeat Sihon the Emorite king and take the lands he had conquered from the Moabites. When Og, King of Bashan, then comes to fight, he too is similarly vanquished.  Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is Padre to HM Armed Forces



When it comes to the main protagonists of human and Jewish history, the Torah identifies the virtues for which they were singled out for greatness. Noah, father of Humanity 2.0, was selected because of his piety. Abraham, father of the Jewish people, was chosen due to his exemplary focus on education. And so on. When it comes to Judaism’s greatest leader, Moses, the Torah seems to remain silent on what it was that made him singularly fit to lead the Jewish people, but a closer look at the text on Moses’ first encounter with God sheds light on what made Moses special in God’s eyes.

his insatiable curiosity “Moses was grazing for which he was selectthe sheep of his fathered to become Judaism’s in-law…an angel of God greatest teacher. appeared to him in a He was 80-yearsflame of fire from within old, an age when most the thorn-bush. [Moses] others have become saw and – behold! – the hardened to novelty and bush was burning in the closed to life’s magic fire but the bush was and mysteries, and yet not consumed. Moses Moses maintained the thought, ‘Let me turn marvel and innocence aside now and see this of an inquisitive child. great sight—why will the Perhaps this saga bush not be burned?’ Moses and the burning bush of the burning bush God saw that he turned was God’s way of testing whether there aside to see and called out to him…” burned in Moses an inexhaustible desire As the sequence of events suggests, it to search, learn, and discover. wasn’t Moses’ courage or charisma but And Moses, to whom we refer lovingly until this very day as “our teacher”, taught us the lesson that as long as one is curious to know, and willing to ask, the “fire burns” and the “bush – or tree of life – is not consumed”.  Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson is executive director of Chabad of Belgravia, London


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The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking Noah lived 950 years BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN According to the Torah, Noah died at the ripe old age of 950. Adam, the first man, wasn’t far behind at 930. Abraham died at a comparatively youthful 175. Are we really supposed to believe the exceptional longevity of biblical characters? Whether creating the universe in six days, or living several centuries, the Bible’s use of time is more metaphorical than literal. Scientists have long understood the human experience of time isn’t linear. We’ve all been in meetings that lasted an age, taken on projects that feel like a lifetime, and spent hours or weeks that appear to disappear before our eyes. It is normal for our experience of how long something feels to be out of kilter with its numerical measure. What, then, is a more accurate descriptor – the experience or the number? The lifespans mentioned in the Bible allude to the experiential dimen-

sion of time. Noah lived what felt like many lifetimes, Abraham too. And in a society where more and more people are living longer, we can perhaps once again glimpse what this means. We now live in an era where more than half of today’s babies are expected to live past 100. That’s three lifetimes for someone born in 18th Century England. Biblical characters were able to live richly into their old age and we hear their stories often right until they died. With more of us living longer than ever, these texts act as a provocation to make sure people are not just alive for more years, but are given opportunities to be living, in the fullest sense of the world, throughout their lifetimes. Noah packed more than nine lifetimes into his years. Can we live up to that challenge?  Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College

In the wake of Gena Turgel’s death, how should we remember the Holocaust when the survivor generation is gone? BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN As one of those lucky enough to get to know Gena Turgel and hear her incredible personal story resonate with those of all ages, I can say firsthand how much she will be missed. Gena was a regular part of the Northwood Holocaust Memorial Day Events (NHMDE), which take place at the start of each year, when more than 3,000 secondary school children and teachers in our area meet survivors and/or one of their descendants. A unique collaboration between Orthodox and Liberal synagogues in the region the children work with trained facilitators to explore the relationship between the past, and key issues they face today, such as racism, bullying and discrimination. But it’s not just around HMD that this wonderful work happens. Shoah survivors visit schools and youth clubs, speaking to children of all faiths, and none, all year long. Gena was a very significant part of all of this. Her book was called I Light

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A Candle and, indeed, at the end of each NHMDE we did light a candle – to honour the speaker, to commemorate all those murdered by the Nazis and to act as a light to the future. But without this generation, who will provide that light? There is something that resonates with today’s young people when they meet someone who survived genocide – to shake their hand and hear their voice. The second generation – the children of survivors – are telling their parents’ stories, while over the past decade, videos, audio and even

holograms of survivors have been recorded. But we also need to look at a third option. It may be that future memorial events feature no Jewish speakers with connection to the Holocaust, but instead those who survived more recent genocides, including those in Srebrenica, Rwanda and Darfur. Some may balk at this idea, but for me the message is more important than the ownership. When my daughters were young, we helped a survivor of the Darfur genocide called Mustafa fight extradition back to Sudan. They still refer to that time and how hearing about his family’s experiences has become an important part of the people they are today. This may be our best way to continue the legacy of Gena and others.  Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is the senior rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

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MAN ON A BIKE Dear Man on a Bike I have an external hard drive that has stopped working. I plug it in and nothing happens. The drive contains all my family photos from the past 10 years. Most importantly, it has our wedding photos and pictures of our children in their early years. I’ve heard that they could be recovered, but have been quoted more than £500 for this and with no guarantee it will work. Is this the only option or could there be a cheaper way? Gen Dear Gen I know how upsetting it is to lose data. The first thing to say is that you need to take your drive to a reputable company as well-meaning friends or


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the mediation and which sets out each party’s case or ‘position’ in respect of the dispute. The position statement will set the scene for the mediation. It should not be a rehash of the parties’ legal pleadings. By agreeing to go to mediation, the parties have already indicated that they wish to reach a negotiated settlement of their dispute. This means the parties should not set out each point in favour of their case and each point they believe shows the defects in the other party’s case. A good position statement is concise, being 10 or fewer sides. The position statement has to address the matters between the parties but it

family who “give it a go” can cause more damage to a drive and reduce the chances of recovering your photos. External drives can fail for many reasons, and some of these will mean that the data is not recoverable; however many issues can be resolved, often with all the data being recovered onto a fresh drive. We can often breathe life into the hard drive by putting it into a new enclosure or by scanning it with specialist software that will do a deep search to recover the file. However, there are times where we identify a problem that requires the drive to be opened up and the sensitive discs to be put into a new mechanism. This must be done in a sterile, dust -free laboratory, which will cost several hundred pounds. They analyse the device and will give a report on the likelihood of success before carrying out the expensive procedure. I know you don’t want to hear this, but having information on an external hard drive is no substitute for a back-up. Information needs to be on at least two separate devices or stored online to cover for these eventualities. I’d be happy to take a look for you – good luck.

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No silver lining for GB Euro team FOOTBALL Team GB fell short of winning gold at the European Maccabi Football Trophy as they finished runners-up for the second consecutive time. Competing alongside Maccabi France, Hungarian squad MTK and host country, Maccabi VAC Hungary, Oli Sade’s hat-trick, together with strikes from Aron Gale and Daniel Bean saw it beat MTK 5-0 in their opening game, before Sade, Gabriel Krieger, Dudi Edreyi and Adam Abadi netted in a 4-0 win over VAC. But with gold up for grabs, they couldn’t make it a hat-trick of wins, falling to a 2-0 defeat to the French.

Manager Brandon Hamme said: “All round it was a fantastic experience for everyone. The boys did MGB proud, both on and off the pitch, gave it their all in every game and very nearly went the distance against a France team that have now won four consecutive EMFTs. The squad can hold their heads up high and look back fondly on the weekend.” MGB’s sports coordinator, Jordan Sapler, who also coached the squad, added: “We played an impressive style of football and are very proud of our performance. The EMFT allows us to experience the unique opportunity to represent our country and community whilst creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

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Members of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue got into the World Cup spirit, by taking part in the inaugural Stanmore Cup. Held on two football pitches in Mill Hill, those taking part included Community Rabbi, Rabbi Fine, and based on the World Cup format, saw eight teams, ranging from 10-55-yearolds, compete. Valencia FC (pictured) came away as winners, with Jewcastle United taking the runners-up spot.


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Brady boys honoured at awards night Brady Maccabi officially ended its season by holding its junior awards. Recognising the efforts of its 16 sides, which range from U10s to U18s, the Players’ Player of the Year, Managers’ Player of the Year and top goalscorer from each side was presented with a medal, including U10 Red’s Sammy Garcia and Coby Shapiro (pictured far right). Mattan Davilla, (pictured inset), was named Junior Sportsman of the Year.

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Catfold – Oldest club quits after 54 years MGBSFL Jewish football’s longestserving club – which had been in existence for more than half a century – has been forced to fold due to a lack of players. Established in 1964, Catford & Bromley Maccabi Association FC won four pieces of silverware over its 54-year history, lifting the Maccabi Southern Football League Division One and Division Two titles on two separate occasions. Chairman Lester Jacobs said: “We’ve decided not to renew our membership and will not

be competing in any form of football either for next season, or for the foreseeable future. “Fifty four years has been a pretty impressive period of time to keep together a small Sunday football club, but a constant struggle for players over the last few years has drained all energy from myself and our most recent manager Jeff Gotch (pictured right). Therefore the time has finally come to call it a day once and for all.” Winning the first of its three

trophies in the late 60s and mid 70s, its most recent success saw it lift the second of its two Division Two titles in the 1991/92 season.

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