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14 Adar 5778

Issue No.1043


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Schools unite in ‘milestone’ for Jewish education Innovative scheme links primary pupils across north London Three Jewish primary schools teaching almost 1,000 children are to link up in a new first-ofits-kind Jewish schools academy to combine learning resources and teaching expertise while making “cost efficiencies”, writes Adam Decker. Moriah Jewish Day School, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School and Wolfson Hillel Primary School together form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), the trustees of which would be chosen by the Chief Rabbi and other United Synagogue leaders. Moriah, in Pinner, has more than 220 pupils, while Sacks Morasha in North Finchley has more than 200 pupils. Both were last inspected in 2014 and were graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Wolfson Hillel in Southgate, meanwhile, was inspected last year and graded ‘Outstanding.” It teaches almost 470 pupils. United Synagogue president Michael Goldstein said the MAT was “a huge milestone in our community’s Jewish education,” adding: “This is the birth of an approach to Jewish schooling that will promote a continuing growth of excellence and is something that we, alongside the Chief Rabbi, are proud to be playing our part.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said Jewish schools

were “the jewels in the community’s crown” and that the tie-up “can only serve to drive up standards yet further by the sharing of best practice, resources and experience”. He added: “This is an historic opportunity to shape the future of Jewish education with a renewed focus on the centrality of Torah, Jewish values and the State of Israel in our lives, and an uncompromising pursuit of secular academic excellence.” Writing to parents, the heads of the three schools said they would continue to follow the religious leadership of the Chief Rabbi, who has described it as “modern and centrist Orthodox in outlook… providing an immersive Jewish experience and education for all students, tailored to the specific needs of each of its schools”. With the proposal to launch later this year, the headteachers said the new network would be called the Jewish Community Academy Trust and would be facilitated and supported by the United Synagogue. “The idea behind the network is a simple one,” wrote the headteachers. “By working together, individual schools can be far stronger than by working alone.” Continued on page 2


Jewish News 1 March 2018


News / School suspended / Trade boost / White Purim

Charedi teacher is filmed striking a pupil at school A synagogue has suspended an unregistered school operating on its premises after BBC video footage showed a teacher striking a young child. The Board of Deputies spoke of its “deep concern” about the issue in a statement on Tuesday, after Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation suspended the “home school” in the video. The video, filmed from an adjacent building, appears to show a Charedi teacher striking and man-handling a young Jewish pupil, who is shown cowering from the man. The law says any school teaching five or more children for at least 18 hours a week must register, but the synagogue said on Tuesday that it fell short of the registration requirements in terms of hours of operation. A spokesman for the Board of Deputies said: “Anyone watching

Screenshot of BBC footage purporting to show the school in question

will have shared our deep concern at the images shown. We call on those involved to cooperate fully with

authorities and take urgent action to address this.” He added: “There are a number

of unregistered schools in Charedi communities, which operate in an environment that presents health and safety concerns for the pupils and an education which is narrowly focused.” He continued: “We would certainly not condone any lawbreaking and fully support efforts to bring schools into the regulatory framework. “However, it is important to note that the vast majority of Charedi schools not only comply with regulations but are high achieving and provide an excellent education.” Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield reviewed the footage and told the BBC that there were “huge safeguarding issues”. She added: “Any parent watching that would be very, very worried about what was going on.”


PUPILS DREAM OF A WHITE PURIM AS SNOW ARRIVES Jewish schools battled to remain open this week after London was subjected to heavy snowfall. Fears that Purim celebrations would be scrapped were eased as all the capital’s Jewish schools reported business as usual on Wednesday morning, despite the so-called Beast from the East battering Britain. JFS in Kenton and King Solomon High School in Barkingside were both forced to shut in the afternoon, along with Finchley-based Nancy Reuben, North West London Jewish Day Primary in Brent, Rimon Jewish Primary in Golders Green, and Wolfson Hillel in Southgate. Schools advise parents to check their emails for updates.

Academy links primary schools UK-ISRAEL TRADE NOW £6.9BN Continued from page 1 The schools will still be subject to Ofsted and Pikuach inspections, there will be no change to the schools’ admission policies, each school will continue to follow the same religious guidelines as before, and the schools will not be changing their relationships with the local rabbis. Academies are statefunded, non-fee-paying schools independent of local authorities, and multiacademy trusts (MATs) run more than one academy but

are themselves single entities, with one set of trustees. Their member schools operate under a single governance structure. Goldstein said the tie-up would “bring new strength”

to the schools, “whether through sharing successful models of strategic implementation, bringing about cost efficiencies, or providing staff development opportunities”.

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Strictly-Orthodox schools group in crisis after video attack on Gove

Jewish schools and the community.” After reports that several schools had asked to be disassociated from the body, he added: “NAJOS is temporarily suspended while it seeks to renew its mandate from the community and its leaders.” NAJOS said the video was released “in response to the government’s consultation on sex and religious education”, with a deadline for submissions. Trustees say they were not consulted on the video, which was created because of what Orthodox schools believe are threats from the Government to push through the teaching of

protected characteristics, including individuals’ choice over gender and sexuality. Rabbi Avroham Pinter, the principal of Yesodeh Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, who resigned as a NAJOS trustee over the matter, said attacking Gove was “madness”. Expressing concern about a recent lack of oversight at NAJOS, Pinter said the video was “regrettable”, adding: “I was shocked when it came out. I believe it could be damaging. I would hate to think what Michael Gove would think if he saw it. He’s a friend – how could I look him in the eye?”

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POLL: 50% THINK BIBI SHOULD QUIT A television news poll has found that 50 percent of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, beset by corruption accusations, should resign. Some 33 percent of respondents said he should remain in office, according to results of the Hadashot survey released last Wednesday following the latest developments in the scandal known as Case 4000. The poll by the privately-owned station also found that 42 percent of respondents favoured early elections owing to the allegations. [JTA]

10 ARRESTED FROM TAMIMI’S VILLAGE Israeli soldiers have arrested 10 people from the West Bank village of prominent teenage Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi, including a 15-year-old cousin with a serious head injury. Mohammed Tamimi had part of his skull removed by surgeons after being shot at close range with a rubber bullet by Israeli troops on 15 December. That incident reportedly led to 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking two soldiers later that day. She is currently on trial over the incident.


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He added: “It is true we are facing unprecedented challenges [to Orthodox education] but we need to know who the real enemy is, and it’s not Michael Gove.” Asked about the video, he said: “It comes down to how you respond. We’re British. We’ve got many friends, including the prime minister. There are issues, yes, this is a major problem, yes, but there are ways of dealing with it, and this isn’t it.” The highly-edited video, widely circulated on social media, shows a selection of MPs, ministers and chief inspectors of Ofsted, both past and present, and is overlaid with dramatic music. It begins by showing Gove talking about failing schools and increasing inspections in Parliament. Among the other trustees to have resigned are Yavneh College founder Benjamin Perl, and several schools, including Hasmonean, have asked for their names to be removed from all NAJOS material. “We didn’t think that video was helpful,” said Levi Schapiro, head of Stamford Hill based Jewish Community Council. “In fact it is possibly damaging.”

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Jewish News 1 March 2018

News / Councillor’s warning / Livingstone concern / Blair accused NEWS IN BRIEF

CHARITY COMMISSION REPORT CRITICISES JEWISH FOUNDATION The Charity Commission has issued a damning report into a Golders Green charity which loaned £2.1 million to the private company of its only trustee at 24 percent interest. An inquiry into the Reb Moishe Foundation was opened in 2014 after the charity’s accountants suspected wrongdoing and notified the Charity Commission, which opened a compliance case. This week the Commission said the loan was made by the charity to the “elderly” trustee’s commercial company in 2006, when the trustee was acting as secretary. At the time, they were in essence the only acting trustee. In its report, the inquiry said it “considered the charity’s trustees had placed the charity’s funds at risk”. Trustees were further found to have “not discharged legal duties in terms of governance and administration” and the annual returns were found to be “false or misleading”.

‘My party’s turned toxic,’ warns Labour councillor A Jewish Labour councillor has accused his local constituency party of “institutional racism” for “singling out Jews and Israel” in seven of the past nine meetings. Phil Rosenberg, a Labour councillor in West Hampstead ward, Camden, said the Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was “toxic,” adding that he would no longer attend meetings. Writing in Jewish News this week in a personal capacity, he derided the CLP’s “shameful” vote last Wednesday to retract an award given to a pro-Israel group in the name of an anti-Israel activist. It follows protestations from the family of Del Singh, a Labour Member of the European Parliament and international development worker murdered by the Taliban, who said the award in his name should not have been given to the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). Last year the Del Singh Memorial Award was given to Louise Ellman MP and the JLM, but Singh’s sister, Dishi Kaur-Umfleet, said the family was aghast it was being given to “those that have tire-

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lessly defended the human rights abuses of the Israeli occupation, which Del spoke so passionately against”. Rosenberg made the comments in a personal capacity, and said he would no longer attend meetings, explaining: “As I warned, amid the nauseating cacophony of jeers and heckling against anyone who dares question the ‘permitted group-

think’, the effect on most Jews will be a clear sign this is no safe space for us.” It comes within the context of a battle between left-leaning Jews who support Israel and Jewish Labour members who criticise the state and its treatment of Palestinians. Last year, the latter set up Jewish Voice for Labour, which is at odds with the JLM over Israeli policy. Rosenberg, the Board of Deputies’ public affairs director, said: “I take utter exception to their attempts to excuse – or even lead – an assault against most Jews that involves a repeated singling out of Jews and Israel and a blanket absolution for those who make racist comments.” Tulip Siddiq MP said: “I have a long track record of standing up against and calling out anti-Semitism. No instances of anti-Semitism can be tolerated and if people do not feel their local CLP is a safe place then that has to be addressed. ”I have raised this with the regional party and will work with them to ensure our local party is a safe for all members.”  Phil Rosenberg, page 18


FOUR ‘EXTREME’ PLOTS FOILED LAST YEAR Four extreme right-wing attack plots were foiled last year, Britain’s most senior counterterror officer has revealed. Disclosing the figure for the first time, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley described the threat from far-right terrorism as “organised” and “significant”. He warned the overall terror threat was “considerable”, with more than 600 investigations encompassing Islamist, extreme right-wing and other motivations at any one time.

BINGHAM RECEIVES FRENCH HONOUR A British man now living in France has received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award, in a ceremony earlier this month of a French warship in Haifa harbour. Walter Bingham, 94, who fled to Britain from Germany after Kristallnacht, took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944. During a moving ceremony, French ambassador Helene Le Gal pinned the red award to his chest.

Labour MPs sound horn Trump expose author brands against readmitting Ken Blair a ‘liar’ over adviser role Labour MPs have warned against readmitting Ken Livingstone to the party ahead of the conclusion of his suspension over anti-Semitism. Livingstone (pictured) was branded an “embarrassment” who would bring Labour into disrepute by prominent backbenchers. It is understood the ex- London mayor will face a fresh inves-

tigation by the National Executive Committee when it meets this month and will not be reinstated until that is resolved., but his suspension is due to expire in April. The former MP told the Press Association he had “not heard a word” about what was happening with his membership. Livingstone has always insisted

he said Hitler had supported Zionism, at one time, not that he was a Zionist. Labour MP Jess Phillips said: “Nothing says socialism quite like ‘I’ll sue you if I don’t get my way’... what does he offer the party other than embarrassment and ego?” Ruth Smeeth, who has suffered anti-Semitic abuse, told The Observer Livingstone “continues to bring the party into disrepute” and “has no place in the party”.

Tony Blair has been labelled a “complete liar” by the author of an explosive book on Donald Trump for denying that he asked an adviser to the US president for a job. Journalist Michael Wolff, who published Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House in January, claimed he saw the former prime minister (pictured) “sucking up” to Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. On BBC One’s The Andrew

Marr Show, Wolff was asked about his comments that Blair had tried to “get a job as part of the Middle East Quartet”. He said: “I wasn’t supposed to overhear this, but... with Tony Blair and Jared Kushner not 15 feet in front of me, with Tony Blair, let me choose my words carefully, sucking up to Jared Kushner.” Asked about Blair labelling the story a “complete fabrication”, Wolff said:

“Tony Blair is a complete liar – literally 15 feet away from me.” A spokeswoman for Blair dismissed Wolff ’s claim, adding: “[Blair] neither sought such a role from Jared Kushner nor was [he] offered one. And we note that many people have had the same experience with Michael Wolff.”

1 March 2018 Jewish News



Maureen Kendler: 1956–2018 / News

Tributes to ‘pioneering spirit’ Maureen Kendler Heartfelt tributes were paid this week to Maureen Kendler, one of British Jewry’s most popular and prolific educators, who died last Friday. She became unwell in December, and was diagnosed with the rare cancer sarcoma. Known for her appearances at Limmud events across the world, she taught Jews about their culture, history and tradition and gave insight into individual and collective experiences that together comprise the Jewish story. She lived with her family in Muswell Hill and taught at the London School of Jewish Studies, educated Jewish university students at Jewish societies (J-Socs) and guided residents and tourists alike on ‘Jewish London’ tours. Born in 1956, she fought for women’s rights and always described herself as “selftaught”, saying: “I think that makes me a very empowering role model.” A former education director at Tzedek, she wrote and lectured extensively, broadcasting through Pause for Thought on BBC Radio, and most recently being involved in judging the winner of this year’s JQ Wingate Literary Prize.

Maureen Kendler [left] with Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Senior Masorti rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg wrote on Facebook: “She was a pioneering spirit in Jewish education in this country and far beyond. Knowledgeable, inspiring, warm-hearted, engaging, entertaining, openminded and extraordinarily well-read, she was an inspiration to thousands. Baruch dayan ha’emet.” Jewish Labour Movement director Ella Rose said Kendler’s death was “a huge loss for the community” while human-rights barrister Adam Wagner described her as “a very talented teacher of children and adults”. Abigail Morris, chief execu-

tive of the Jewish Museum in Camden, said: “As well as

being the most exceptional educator, Maureen was one of my closest friends. She was a brave feminist, not easy in the orthodox world. She was both brilliant and funny.” Board of Deputies senior vice-president Richard Verber said: “Maureen was one of the best human beings to have walked the planet. She had a unique ability to make Jewish education relevant and engaging. She was in demand as a teacher around the world. In short, she loved her Judaism. And she made anyone she came into contact with love it more.”  Editorial comment, p16

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tion of Fiddler on the Roof, leading March of the Living groups in Poland, teaching DIRECTOR, JHUB her beloved LSJS Jewish literature class or sharing her passion for 19th-century Jewish cookbooks at Maureen was my soul sister, Limmud, Maureen had a way my teacher, my friend. We of keeping Jewish memory met when my eldest son was alive while at the same time beginning to find his voice empowering her students to and spent hours sitting on her living-room floor helping make it their own. That was Maureen – a voice that could him to learn. hold you close and challenge That is my overriding you simultaneously. memory of Maureen, Perhaps that is what because it embodied who she made her such an extraordiwas – a teacher who had a distinctive voice and empow- nary friend, teacher, parent, daughter, sister and wife. ered innumerable others to She could hold you so safe find their voices. and secure. And because of Whether she was being that safety, she could push the “shtetl consultant” you to discover your own for the latest Chichester voice. Festival Theatre produc-



I’m one of the lucky ones. I had the pleasure of Maureen Kendler z”l in my life for 20 or so years. I had the privilege of teaching and learning with and from her in a variety of settings – from JW3 to Limmud, to LSJS, and more – and also the delight of working alongside her, and even, for a couple of years, the honour of being her boss when she became my head of Jewish literacy at the UJIA’s Department of Informal Jewish Education. She brought grace, wit and mischief to our team. She made me laugh more than I ever thanked her for, and showed herself to be a real leader, regardless of her position or title. She didn’t need a formal leadership

title. She taught and influenced and led by example. When I last sat with her, just last month at JW3, I reminded her of the time a I got on a bus outside the centre and spotted her with the great Jewish poet and playwright, Bernard Kops. I knew Maureen was a fan of his and assumed they were off to a meeting together. As I knew them both, I went over to embrace them. I asked what they were plotting, and found it was coincidence they were together – Bernard didn’t know Maureen and they hadn’t been in conversation at all. I introduced them, told Bernard that Maureen was a fantastic teacher of literature, including his works. He was thrilled and Maureen was modest. When I got off the bus, I left them deep in warm and friendly conversation.

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Jewish News 1 March 2018

News / Social media controversy

Jewish Twitter account banned over yellow star By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

One of the most active Jewish social media accounts attacking anti-Semitism in the Labour Party was defiant this week after being twice suspended by Twitter for alleged breach of its rules. GnasherJew, which describes itself as a group of Jewish ex-Labour Party members, has been registered on Twitter since March 2017. The image it used for its account was a yellow star, as worn by persecuted Jews during the Holocaust. Members of the team said some of them were the descendants of Holocaust survivors who had been consulted about (and agreed with) the use of the image, which they said was “in solidarity” with those who had suffered anti-Semitism. But earlier this week, GnasherJew found its online account had been locked by Twitter. A warning message said the account could not continue to operate because it had “violated Twitter rules by use of hateful imagery”; unless the image was removed, Twitter said, the

account was blocked. The team behind GnasherJew told Jewish News they were “firmly of the belief” that the suspension was as a result of an angry online row with the general secretary of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, whose girlfriend, Jennie Formby, has declared that she is running to succeed Iain McNicol as general secretary of the Labour Party. There is no evidence that this is the case. GnasherJew had posted a yearold article from The Independent about Formby, which included claims about her views on Israel having become “an embarrassment” to the Unite union – claims that were firmly denied by Unite.





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Now the GnasherJew team has decided to change tack and has adopted a new profile image designed for them by an autistic Jewish woman who has suffered numerous antiSemitic attacks, and posts using the name “Sparks of Brass”. A spokesman for GnasherJew told Jewish News: “We don’t want to risk our account again, as we’ve received no assurances from Twitter that they won’t do this again.” The spokesman added: “We are defiant. We are daily uncovering Labour Party members and their anti-Semitic views, while the party is denying these as smears and failing to act on cases such as Livingstone, Billy Wells, Jackie Walker, Luke Cresswell, Mike Sivier & Pam Bromley. “If anything the attack… has made us determined to extend our social media reach and we will be assembling a Facebook team”.

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As for McCluskey, he appears to have taken down the account he used to attack Gnasher Jew on Twitter. Formby has formally announced her attention to run as general secretary of the Labour Party. Her main challenger is almost certainly Momentum leader Jon Lansman, who is Jewish and who has spoken out clearly against anti-Semitism in the party.

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But McCluskey reacted with fury and attacked GnasherJew for spreading “lies”, denouncing the account for remaining anonymous and insisting that he was going to “report” it, and urged his followers to do the same. Within a day, Twitter had suspended the GnasherJew account. After intervention from Campaign Against Antisemitism and the Community Security Trust, however, the GnasherJew team were assured the suspension had been an error and that the account would be reinstated. The GnasherJew team reposted the yellow star image, bearing the word Jude on their account – only for it to be suspended a second time on Tuesday. It was reinstated shortly afterwards. The suspensions were greeted with glee by anti-Israel users of Twitter. An account using the name @streetswept described GnasherJew as “an abusive troll with a history of violating Twitter’s terms of service”. The team, @streetswept claimed “only care about antisemitism when they can use it to smear and harass political opponents”. But there was also a major backlash from supporters of GnasherJew, many of whom changed their own profile image to the yellow star to express their anger at Twitter.

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Threat to sue King ’s College over Israeli Apartheid Week Jewish students have threatened to sue the Student Union at King’s College, London (KCLSU), after it promoted ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ activities. The University’s Israel Society is being supported by the British arm of CAMERA, a US-based pro-Israel organisation that describes itself as a “media watchdog” and has a history of funding legal actions on campuses. The students say the union’s promotion of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) events was “unlawful and anti-Semitic” after the government adopted a new working definition of anti-Semitism, which includes referring to Israel as “a racist state”. “This is the only student society event of the entire year that KCLSU has advertised and endorsed, with absolutely no right to do so,” said Tamara Berens of KCL Israel Society, who is also campus associate for CAMERA on Campus UK. “Promoting ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ is not within the union’s usual charitable objects, and is

therefore unlawful. It also contravenes the commitment of the union as a charity not to run a political campaign,” Berens said. “The slogan ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ itself is anti-Semitic and contrary to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the British government and the National Union of Students.” Hadar Langerman, another member of KCL Israel Society, said: “To see our union, which is supposed to be representing all students, take a deliberate jab at Jewish students and those supportive of Israel is appalling and frightening.” KCLSU said that the events were arranged by a ratified society and not by the trustees or senior staff of KCLSU. An event hosted by KCL Israel Society featuring former Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Dan Meridor earlier this month attracted protests, about which Jewish leaders complained.

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Pet superstar / Purim warning / News briefs / News

Canine a hora! Pooch crowned a mini celeb A dog called Mini is “enjoying life as a celebrity in the Jewish pet world” this week after bagging a prize run by charity Jewish Blind & Disabled. JBD’s PETron competition saw 24 “really cute” entrants including dogs, cats, rabbits and even chicks, but Mini raised the biggest smile from the judges. “It was very tough to pick a winner but we loved the way that Mini looked like she was trying to walk on her hind legs,” said judge Ashley Blaker, a comedian, noting that Mini will now receive a Mini won’t let fame change her special goodie bag donated by

PetsPyjamas. Mini’s owner Zac said: “She is really enjoying her new celebrity status in the Jewish dog community. “More importantly, Mini

is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause, enabling people to live independently who might otherwise lead restricted and even isolated lives.”

Ban ‘get’ refusers from Israel Europe’s principal rabbinic group has suggested Jewish men who refuse to grant their wives a religious divorce should be refused entry to Israel. The proposal by the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) came ahead of International Agunah Day. “The plight of the Agunah is heartbreaking and resolving it must be at the forefront of the Jewish conscience,” said the CER presi-

dent, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt. “It is important to raise our voice about get refusal because of the harm it causes to the Jewish nation.” He said one way to force the hand of Jewish men in the Diaspora who were refusing to grant their ex-wives a religious divorce was to stop them visiting Israel. Goldschmidt said he hoped it became legislation so rabbinical courts could “use the power of Israeli law”.


TRUMP PURIM FEARS The Board of British and Irish Rabbis this week issued a code of conduct for Purim spiels, over concerns that US President Donald Trump might publish them on Twitter as genuine news stories. The annual satirical outlet, where fake news stories masquerade as real, has been compared to April Fools’ Day, in which pranks and legpulling are perpetrated on the unsuspecting and justified on a vague historical pretext. However, BoBIR spokesperon Esther Windup said it had received “record levels” of complaints last year, and acted to address concerns by compiling a code for Jewish media to follow. She added: “In today’s world of fake news and alternative facts, there is a very real danger that spiels will be picked up by the likes of Donald

Trump and retweeted. Our new code clarifies the red lines.” The 47-page document, published this week, outlines no-go zones including Israel, Jewish mothers, the behaviour of Jewish children inside or outside schools and shuls, as well as “anything religious”. Advocacy group Jewish Lawyers for Jews (JLJ) contributed a pro bono 16-page appendix on disclaimers. A spokeswoman said: “When fictionalising for the sake of amusement, community members put themselves at risk of contracting humourless critics. We urge everyone to practice safe satire.”

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A small Orthodox Jewish primary school in the grounds of Wembley Synagogue has kept its ‘Good’ rating following an inspection, only weeks after the school’s new headteacher Chaya Posen began work in January. The independent Noam Primary School’s chair of governors Shelley Kelaty said the results were a “testament” to outgoing headteacher Sarah Simmonds. “They are a result of her hard dedication,” she said.

Robert Peston said he felt “ashamed” to be an Arsenal supporter after hearing fellow fans sing an anti-Semitic song ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. The Peston on Sunday host tweeted: “One of those moments when I am ashamed to be Arsenal supporter... gooners singing anti-Semitic song about how they have foreskins and Spurs fans don’t. Well many of us truer supporters are circumcised as is their/our hero Ozil (I assume).”


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LIPMAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO BOND DIRECTOR Maureen Lipman has paid tribute to James Bond director Lewis Gilbert, who died last week aged 97. Lipman starred alongside Dame Julie Walters and Sir Michael Caine in Gilbert’s 1983 film Educating Rita, and described the film-maker as like a “favourite uncle”. “I don’t want to sound like a lovey, but he was the nicest chap. I never met a director who was as much fun as Lewis Gilbert,” she said. “He was a proper, East End clever Jewish boy who did well. I never heard a bad word against [him] from anybody.”

RABBI BRAWER TO MOVE TO TUFTS HILLEL The popular former rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is set to leave for America together with his wife, who heads the UK’s Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer and his wife Dina are heading west after he was appointed to be the new Jewish chaplain and Neubauer executive director at the prestigious Tufts University Hillel. Bostonborn but Canadian raised, Brawer joined Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in 2007.

New Amy track released A song recorded by Amy Winehouse when she was aged 17 has been released by a London music composer. On Monday, composer Gil Cang, who wrote songs for the singer early in her career, posted a Winehouse track called My Own Way to YouTube. Winehouse (pictured), a six-time Grammy Award winner who died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27, recorded the track when she was 17 and trying to attract the attention of record labels. “I’ve had it knocking about for so long. I found it again last week and thought, I’ll put it out

there so people can hear it,” Cang told the Camden New Journal. He co-wrote the song with James McMillan. “It was at a dire time in the pop world — lots of terrible girl bands and boy bands and we had to make something for them,” he said. “Amy came in to see us, opened her mouth and just blew us all away.” He said she recorded the song “faultlessly” in three takes. The release comes three years after Universal Music UK’s David Joseph announced he had destroyed all of Winehouse’s demo recordings to prevent them being released posthumously.  Listen to the song at jewishnews.co.uk

Mother of terror victim awarded

The mum of British teenage terror victim Yoni Jesner has been honoured with an award for her charity work in his name. Marsha Gladstone, whose 19-year-old son was killed in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in 2002 while on a gap year, received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award in Parliament for her charity work with the Yoni Jesner Foundation.

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He was an organ donor and his organs saved the lives of two Jews and one Palestinian girl, leading Gladstone to educate on organ donation. Scottish-born Gladstone recently moved down to London from Glasgow and now lives in Finchley, where Tory MP Mike Freer presented her with the award (pictured). Freer said: “This founda-

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CALL FOR FULL MEAT LABELLING Jewish groups have told MPs that they support the labelling of non-stunned meat, as long as other methods of killing animals are also labelled. Supporters of shechita – the method of producing kosher meat and poultry allowed by Jewish law – were speaking on Tuesday at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) round-table discussion. “We are encouraged that labelling discussions have moved on to open, honest and comprehensive method of slaughter labelling,” said Shechita UK director

Shimon Cohen. “This will ensure consumers know whether their meat has been mechanically stunned by asphyxiation, by gas, low atmospheric pressure stunning , electrocution by tongs or electric water-bath or shooting with a captive bolt gun into the brain – or indeed, shechita. He said it would be “dishonest to mislead the consumer into believing mechanical stunning is some kind of therapeutic, calm, relaxing, medicinal process, which gently sends the animal into a woozy state of unconsciousness”.

Arden is appointed S&P boss A senior government adviser will take on the role of chief executive at the S&P Sephardi Community, beginning after Pesach. David Arden, a strategic delivery advisor to the Cabinet Office, who has previously headed the Home Office’s biometrics programme, will be based at Lauderdale Road Synagogue and will work alongside

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The Jewish parents cutting out the bris A movement called a ‘brit shalom’ is gaining ground with parents in the UK who don’t like the idea of circumcising their newborn boy. Stephen Oryszczuk hears the pros and cons British rabbis have begun to address a Jewish ceremony originating in America called a ‘brit shalom’, described as a ‘peaceful welcome’ into the world, for Jewish boys without the element of traditional brit milah, or circumcision. The idea, increasingly popular in America, has been discussed at length in the UK in recent days after Icelandic politicians moved the Nordic country closer to a ban on the practice for non-medical reasons for boys aged under 16. A brit shalom, or Jewish naming ceremony, is being promoted by human rights activists and advocacy organisations such as David Smith

from Genital Autonomy group, and Dr Antony Lempert from Secular Medical Forum. Speaking to The Times, Reform Rabbi Jonathan Romain said the concept was of increasing interest, especially for interfaith couples. “It does happen and is a new phenomenon, a result of parents wanting to have an initiation ceremony into the Jewish faith but without circumcision,” he said. “Whereas the Jewish parent is used to circumcision and has 4,000 years of history propelling them along, the nonJewish parent is not comfortable with it and wants an alternative.” Discussing the changing emphasis, he added: “The major celebration has shifted to the less

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medical blessing in synagogue, which never used to occur for boys.” Smith said his group had “worked to promote” the brit shalom, while Lempert, a GP who grew up in a Jewish household, told Emily Maitlis on BBC’s Newsnight last week that “there are quite a lot of Jewish people having a brit shalom”. While Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said it was not possible to have a ceremony without the circumcision in Jewish religious law, Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, said: “Parents need to be supported in making autonomous choices. As rabbis, we have a responsibility to hear parents’ concerns and discuss through options with them... “That said, it is also really important that the Jewish community as a whole speaks up for the ritual of circumcision.” She added: “I would never try to pressurise a family to circumcise their son, but I think that we must counter the negative media coverage of circumcision with the stories of how an ancient ritual can be transformative, important and connecting within our modern Jewish frameworks.” In agreement was human rights barrister Adam Wagner, who is Jewish. He said there was now “a noisy and growing opposition to the millennia-old ritual”. Wagner, who founded influential blog Rights Info, said: “In countries such as the UK, where there are fewer religious believers, it is becoming harder for religious communities to find kindred spirits in government to mount their defences.” He added: “World medical opinion, which is central to the debate, is a mixed bag. Some medical associations say the benefits outweigh the risks, others the opposite.” Asked about the emergence of the brit shalom as an alternative, Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg said: “I have become aware that some families do not arrange a brit for their baby sons,” adding: “Parents’ anxiety

for their new, vulnerable, tiny baby is deeply understandable.” Wittenberg, himself a father to a boy, said parents could indeed leave it for the boy to grow up and decide for himself, but this could be counter-productive. “According to Jewish law, if a boy has not yet been circumcised, arranging his brit becomes his own responsibility when he reaches the age of 13,” he said. “Some parents may see this as offering their son the freedom of making his own choice. Yet it is also a significant burden to leave to a young man and, arguably, less compassionate than carrying out the ceremony when the baby is eight days old.” Wittenberg said his son’s brit milah was “deeply moving” while Baginsky, a mother, “remembers clearly the angst beforehand”, adding that – in the end – “it was the most meaningful and special of ceremonies”. Asked about the move away from circumcising baby boys, Wagner said: “While there is no direct threat in the UK, the debate in Iceland follows a number of similar battles in Europe in recent years, most notably in Germany, where the parliament had to legislate to overturn a legal ruling, which said the practice amounted to grievous bodily harm.” He continued: “In the UK, circumcision has mainly been an issue in the family courts, when warring couples have different views over whether to circumcise their son. “Judges have carefully avoided making general statements about circumcision, but have also tended towards ordering [that] the boy should be allowed to decide for himself when he’s older.” Wagner added that while human rights laws protect religious practices, they also protect the privacy and bodily integrity of children, so “it is difficult to predict how a court asked to balance those rights would respond... If it reached the European Court of Human Rights, the court would face one of the most controversial rulings in its history”.


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Ethiopian anger / Brit bill / Florida shooting / World news

Ethiopian Jews could hunger strike Representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews have said they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in the Jewish state. Hundreds have gathered at a synagogue in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to express concern that Israel’s proposed budget removes the funding to help them reunite with relatives. Most of the nearly 8,000 Ethiopian Jews in the East African nation are said to have family members already in Israel. Some claim they have been separated for more than

a decade. Activists say Israel’s government in 2015 pledged to bring the remaining Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Ethiopians are currently prohibited from holding protests under the country’s latest state of emergency, imposed after the most severe anti-government demonstrations in a quarter-century. Activists say Israel’s government in 2015 pledged to bring the remaining Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Meles Sidisto, the community head of Ethiopian Jews in Addis Ababa, said: “All of us are suffering from poverty and hunger. Most of our family

centrist Progressive Party, who introduced the controversial bill this month. The bill, that could soon pass into law, calls circumcision a violation of human rights “since boys are not able to give an informed consent of an irreversible physical intervention”.

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Jewish groups have asked the Dutch government to step in and grant an Iranian Jewish grandmother refugee status, because she will be killed if she goes back. The 60-yearold woman was found guilty in absentia in 2013 of crimes against the state for helping abused women to leave their husbands. Ethiopian Jews want to leave to join family in Israel

members are in Israel.” The Jewish community in Addis Ababa, which numbers

around 800 households, says it will hold the hunger strike if Israel does not relent.

Iceland brit bill attacked ANGER AT SCHOOL GUARD Religious leaders across Europe have called a bill in Iceland that would ban the circumcision of boys for nonmedical reasons an “attack on religious freedom”. “This is fundamentally about not causing unnecessary harm to a child,” said Silja Dogg Gunnarsdottir, of the


The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where 17 people were killed never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, say police. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was carried out by a gunman armed with an AR-15

style assault rifle and has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who is Jewish, said the school guard, Scot Peterson, who was suspended and has since resigned, should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer”.


A push by Portugal to entice the latter-day descendants of Portuguese Jews exiled during the Inquisition 500 years ago seems to be working. The number of Sephardi Jews seeking citizenship in 2017

was 12,000, six times higher than in 2016. Portugal enacted the naturalisation law in 2015.


Levi Sanders, the son of Bernie Sanders, will run for Congress in New Hampshire. He made the announcement on Monday, a day after the senator’s stepdaughter Carina Driscoll announced her bid for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a post once held by Sanders.


Polish senator Waldemar Bonkowski has been suspended for posting a Nazi-propaganda video on Facebook showing violence towards Jews. A kosher supermarket in Chicago is selling one of the most popular Jewish foods, smoked salmon, with a Purim twist – and calling it Salmontashen.



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Anti-Semitism will never be eradicated, says Lévy Acclaimed French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has urged action but dismissed the possibility of anti-Semitism being “eradicated or erased” in the foreseeable future, writes Alex Davis. Lévy delivered a passionate speech as the opening lecture to the An End to anti-Semitism! conference in Vienna. “We can achieve the goal of weakening anti-Semitism and marginalising anti-Semitism, but we cannot make them disappear,” he argued. “Let us be content with resisting and containing anti-Semitism.” He added: “Actually, whether they disappear or not seems to me to be unimportant as long as they are contained to the point where they do no harm.” Lévy advocated a tripartite programme of containing anti-Semitism: “To name, to reply and to counter-attack. “You cannot fight an enemy if you don’t know exactly who it is and how it works. Failure



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Bernard-Henri Lévy says the war on hate is unwinnable

to define our enemy risks us shooting at shadows,” he said. Lévy insisted traditional Christian and racial anti-Semitism were no longer the biggest threat to Jews worldwide. He argued instead that if anti-Semitism were to become a mass movement again, akin to what happened in the 1930s, it would articulate itself under three new pretensions: antiZionism, Holocaust denial and victim competition. Most urgently, fighting

anti-Semitism needed pointby-point replies to antiZionism, he said. “There are not enough academics, scholars and free speakers saying again and again that far from being despised, hated and depicted as the face of evil, Israel should be praised,” Lévy added. Finally, he challenged Austrian dignitaries to create a monument in Vienna to signify their desire to repent for the crimes of the Holocaust.

A new internet cable passing through Israel is set to carry much of the world’s online traffic. The Cypriot company laying it, Quantum Cable, is due to complete the $200million project in 2020, with chairman Nasos Ktorides boasting it will have 40 times more capacity than others under the Mediterranean. Ktorides said the plan was to link the 4,785-mile cable via Greece, Italy and France to Bilbao, from where an equally powerful internet cable now connects Spain with the US state of Virginia. Quantum says 160 terabytes per second (Tbps) of data will be flowing through Israel – enough to handle 80

million high-definition video calls between Asia and Europe simultaneously. The world’s cross-border data flow has been estimated at 543 terabytes per second. One terabyte holds about 86 million Word documents. Israel’s involvement in the “massive data highway” follows a trilateral agreement last June between Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The trio agreed to support the deployment of new cable interconnections among the three countries, adding: “Such infrastructure is a critical link between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”

The new US embassy in Jerusalem will open in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, White House officials said. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson has approved the security plan for the new building and the US congress notified of the impending move. The May opening marks a significant acceleration in plans for the embassy. US vice president Mike Pence had said previously it would open by the end of 2019, while Tillerson had said the move could take years.

POLAND: HOLOCAUST BILL WILL GO AHEAD The Polish government has played down stories in the Israeli media that alleged its controversial Holocaust Bill had been suspended. Reports said the law, which bans blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany, had been frozen, but Polish officials were quick to deny them, saying the measure would come into effect on 1 March.

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US anti-Jewish hate doubles in two years The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States reached an all-time high last year, according to a new report by civil rights group the AntiDefamation League (ADL). There were 1,986 acts of anti-Semitism in the US last year, more than double the total from 2015, which was 942. It’s also a 57 percent increase over the 2016 total of 1,267. The audit said that the rise is due in part to an increase in people reporting incidents of anti-Semitism. The 2017 number includes more than 160 bomb threats sent to Jewish community centres (JCC) and other institutions early that year. A Jewish teenager from Israel has been arrested for making the vast majority of those threats, all of which were not credible. Discounting the JCC bomb threats, reported incidents still increased by 43 percent over 2016. Anti-Semitic incidents on school and college campuses also doubled in 2017 for the second year in a row. Non-Jewish elementary and high schools experienced

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457 anti-Semitic incidents, compared with 235 in 2016 and 114 in 2015. Almost all of the instances were either harassment – including the bomb threats – or vandalism, including seven instances of Jewish cemeteries being desecrated. There were also 19 antiSemitic physical assaults, a decline of 47 percent from 2016. “A confluence of events in 2017 led to a surge in attacks on our community – from bomb threats, cemetery desecrations, white supremacists

marching in Charlottesville, and children harassing children at school,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO and national director, in a statement. “These incidents came at a time when we saw a rising climate of incivility, the emboldening of hate groups and widening divisions in society.” The states that saw the most anti-Semitic incidents were those with large Jewish populations. New York reported 380 incidents of anti-Semitism, while California reported 268 and New Jersey 208.

Holy Sepulchre church reopens Christian leaders reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after Israeli officials suspended a plan to impose taxes on church properties in the holy city. Major denominations, including the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, said in a statement the church would reopen early on Wednesday after being closed for three days to protest the Israeli tax plan.

The Israeli move had enraged religious leaders, who closed one of Christianity’s most important holy sites. The church is revered by Christians as the site where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, had backed down on the tax plan earlier on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said a professional team was being established to negotiate with church

officials to “formulate a solution”. “As a result, the Jerusalem Municipality is suspending the collection actions it has taken in recent weeks,” it said. The statement from major Christian denominations said “the churches look forward to engage” with the team to ensure Jerusalem “remains a place where the three monotheistic faiths may live and thrive together”.





The pilots of an Israeli F-16 fighter plane that crashed after being hit with shrapnel from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles failed to take appropriate evasive action, leading to the crash, an Israeli Air Force investigation determined. It also found that the pilots’ decision to eject from the plane was appropriate and saved their lives. The results of the investigation were sent on Sunday to the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

The security clearance of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has reportedly been downgraded. Kushner, who is Jewish, had been operating with an interim clearance at the “top secret/sensitive compartmented information” level for more than a year. Now, a White House official and a person familiar with the decision say he is only authorised to access information at the lower “secret” level.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, is stepping down after more than three decades leading the umbrella foreign policy group for the U.S. Jewish community. An email from the current conference chairman, Stephen Greenberg, said Hoenlein, the group’s top professional since 1986, was timing his retirement to coincide with the search for a new chairman.

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A treasure trove of Jewish wisdom You get big communal figures who are often quoted and always photographed and seem all-important but who, when they pass, have nothing much said about them by way of their impact or legacy. Then you get people who rarely register on the communal radar but whose passing renders as clear as day the amazing effect they had on so many of us. The passing, at far too young an age, of Jewish educator Maureen Kendler falls, without doubt, into the latter category. Former US President Teddy Roosevelt said “speak quietly but carry a big stick.” Maureen spoke quietly but had a big impact. Well, not all that quietly sometimes. Hers was the domain of the group, the learners, the eager and the interested, of all ages, all backgrounds and all knowledge bases. She’d tell them about Jews and Judaism, condensing centuries into stories, a people’s anguish into a laugh-out-loud anecdote. For evidence of her impact, consider the comments that came flooding in to us this week, on the news of her death. “She made you think and she made you laugh,” said a future leader of British Jewry. “She made Jewish education relevant and engaging for everyone.” Another head of a major Jewish institution said: “She united people and healed divisions… She loved her Judaism and made anyone she came into contact with love it more.” Another said: “She always asked about my welfare – how was I really doing.” Another said she was “a treasure trove of Jewish wisdom”. Even our own (non-Jewish) foreign editor said she took him by the hand and led him down the path of no return, explaining to his naïve ears that when it comes to Jews, every answer adds three more questions. She was, in short, beyond the radar yet within our hearts, unheralded yet far-from-unloved, another British Jewish great who left her mark on audiences the world over and whose passing will leave a mark of sadness on all who met her. As another tribute payer said so well: “We all need a Maureen Kendler.” And we’re all forever grateful that we had her.


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Letter writer Clive Hyman is totally wrong (Jewish News, 23 February). As confirmed by an Israeli court, the majority of the migrants in Israel he refers to are genuine asylum seekers from Eritrea. They are fleeing from a very long compulsory military service in a cruel

environment where soldiers are mistreated and are used as an unpaid labour force by an unprincipled government. They are most assuredly not economic migrants. If sent back to Eritrea, they face years in prison.

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Help for asylum seekers Clive Hyman is wrong; Israel is not deporting asylum seekers back to their country of origin (Jewish News, 15 February 2018). In fact, no countries in the world deport asylum seekers back to Eritrea, from where more than 75 percent of Israel’s asylum seekers fled. Rather, Israel seeks to Asylum seekers protesting in Tel Aviv deport them to other in South Tel Aviv for seven years, African countries, payI have first-hand knowledge ing these countries to take of the stories of these asylum them. Africa is not one country, seekers. Mr Hyman. Many deserve immediate proEritreans have one of the hightection and the chance to rebuild est rates of successful shattered lives. asylum applications in the Mr Hyman is fortunate that world as a result of the horrific his family encountered a more dictatorship that imprisons an sympathetic reception when his entire nation. ancestors arrived in the UK. I imFurther, Israel does not interagine they are disappointed that view asylum seekers, and as such he has forgotten this. has no idea of the veracity of Nic Schlagman each individuals claims. By email As a humanitarian aid worker

HELP US TO GIVE WAR CASUALTIES PROPER COMMEMORATION AJEX, the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, is seeking families of the casualties below in order for us to arrange a proper commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. • John Raps of Chesterfield, who died in Haringey internment camp as an Austrian-born alien, in 1919, buried with a now totally illegible headstone at East Ham, London. •Pte Simon Issacs kia May 1917 – parents Morris and Julia buried at Plashet, London. • Nurse Lea Trisker died in duty 1943, buried in Willesden. If you can help us with our search, please email me on: martin.sugarman@yahoo. co.uk

THIS MUST BE A WAKE-UP CALL We have rarely seen the extraordinary press coverage devoted to, the Jeremy Newmark affair, focused on his time at the helm of the Jewish Leadership Council. The saga is shocking to say the least, but perhaps of more concern and alarm is the emerging coverup of the whole affair and length of time it was hidden from the community. It is difficult to anticipate how this whole matter will play out,

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but those involved in making the decision to suppress finanical irregularities at one of our community’s largest and most important organisations must now stand up and take ownership of their decision making at the time. They must face up to, and await response from, those they chose to keep in the dark – not least the JLC’s partner organisations.

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Our schools must not teach forbidden relations BRIAN GORDON



serious campaign is being waged to preserve the integrity and freedom of Orthodox Jewish schools. It relates principally to the subjects of sex and relationships education (SRE) and the “protected characteristics” of same-sex unions (LGBT) and “gender assignment” (GA). Fortunately, the battle is not a physical one. It is the presentation of political and moral arguments , in response to a public consultation initiated by the Department for Education. Important community organisations have so far performed a sterling task articulating the reason why Orthodox Jewish schools should not be compelled to teach the said subjects. Foremost among them are organisations like the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC). High-level rabbinical conventions have taken place at which strategy has been formulated to oppose what is widely regarded as an

assault on religious education. Barnet Council, whose borough has the largest Jewish population in the country, recently passed a resolution praising the achievements of faith schools. It urged the authorities not to undermine such schools by compelling them to teach issues of sexuality that run contrary to their ethos. The resolution was particularly significant since it received unanimous support, from Labour and Conservatives alike. Whether Barnet’s Labour councillors acted ideologically, or out of pure expediency with an eye on the forthcoming local elections, is open to speculation. Their positive stance was certainly in stark contrast to what might be expected from a neo-communist Corbyn-led administration at national level. Such a government, fuelled by secularism and the anti-Semitism now rampant within the Labour Party, could end up abolishing private and faith schools altogether. We have to be confident and unapologetic in setting out the authentic Jewish position. To the extent that SRE is driven by concerns about

PREMARITAL RELATIONS ARE FORBIDDEN AND INTRODUCTIONS OF POTENTIAL MARRIAGE PARTNERS ARE NORMAL safeguarding, the Orthodox community has its own highly effective methods of protecting its children from abuse and exploitation. Access to inappropriate material and social media is restricted in every possible way. Premarital relationships are religiously forbidden. Parentally controlled introduction of potential marriage partners at a young age is very much the norm. If the modern obsession with LGBT and GA is driven by the desire to combat discrimination, it must be reiterated that Judaism is committed to the tolerance of other cultures, respect for the law and good citizenship.

Our own historical suffering at the hands of persecutors has planted within us an almost instinctive abhorrence of violence and racial hatred. However, relationships that are biblically forbidden cannot be promoted or discussed in an Orthodox Jewish classroom. If there are concerns about extremism and radicalisation being fostered at academic institutions elsewhere within the country, Jewish citizens would undoubtedly share them. Sadly, Jewish schools and institutions are vulnerable to the threat of terror. However, those justifiable concerns should not be the pretext for oppressing faith schools as a whole with over-intrusive regulations and inspections. Ironically, among the seven “protected characteristics” that now embody this country’s anti-discrimination laws is religion itself. Therefore government interference in the practice and teaching of any established religion is itself a breach of the “community cohesion” it would claim to be promoting. It has no place in a democratic society like Britain and should be combatted tooth and nail.

Labour is so toxic, I had to speak out on racism PHILIP ROSENBERG



did not join the Labour Party to talk about Jews or anti-Semitism. I’m proud of being Jewish, but can talk about that in my day job at the Board of Deputies and elsewhere. I thought I could take for granted that Labour was a sympathetic place to people of different minorities so could use this space to focus on other things I care about, such as school places, housing and protecting local libraries. But the toxicity of the Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party has meant I have no choice but to speak out on racism, time and time again. At seven of the past nine meetings, the Kilburn Brent Branch of the party has tabled toe-curling motions singling out Jews and Israel. Seven out of nine. If that is not institutional racism, I don’t know what is. This obsessive behaviour and focus comes despite the myriad other things going on in the world, and despite the immense damage done to Labour by the disastrous handling of its anti-Semitism problems. It culminated last

Wednesday night in a shameful vote to strip the Jewish Labour Movement of an award it received from Jeremy Corbyn for its work in campaigning for the Labour Party. The vote was a symbolic gesture and will have no impact on the award given. The political poseurs who proposed it know this. But as I warned last Wednesday, amid the nauseating cacophony of jeers and heckling against anyone who dares question the ‘permitted groupthink’, the effect on most Jews will be a clear sign that this is no safe space for us. I know that some in the room will have been confused by the spectacle of some anti-Zionist Jews who insist that all of talk of anti-Semitism is confected. While all available research suggests that their views on Israel are in the small minority of Jewish opinion, they are absolutely entitled to their criticisms of Israeli government policies. But I take utter exception to their attempts to excuse – or even lead – an assault against most Jews that involves a repeated singling out of Jews and Israel and an apparent blanket absolution for those who make racist comments. The frenzied desire to ‘give the Jews a good kicking’ led the room to reject local MP Tulip

Siddiq’s alternative offer of a report on her parliamentary activities instead. Apparently, as we seek a full-on return to the Dark Ages, the ritual ‘humiliation of the Jews’ must come before any competing business. Especially that of our MP daring to try to involve us in the work of making our area better. What can one expect? A past Kilburn Brent motion was to censure Tulip for speaking out against anti-Semitism. As one Jewish comrade put it to me afterwards: “Why beat around the bush? We should just wear ‘yellow stars’ next time.” Not all present were willing participants in this scandal. Brave souls, Jews and gentiles, moderates and Corbynites, persevered through the hectoring and goading to deliver eloquent warnings, pleas and rebukes. I am proud to say that all candidates looking to

succeed me as a councillor in West Hampstead voted against the motion. But shamefully, while closer than most votes that night, the vote passed 30-26. Until Jewish members can be guaranteed not to have to run a monthly gauntlet of derision to be part of Hampstead and Kilburn Labour, I will not attend any further meetings of the General Committee of the Constituency Party. Some twisted individuals may be intent on using up party time with obsessional Jewbaiting and Israel-bashing. But I’m going to use the extra evenings to get on with the casework for my residents who are consistently failed by this monthly riot of self-indulgence and institutional racism.  Phil Rosenberg writes in a personal capacity


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Freedom of expression our last and only defence ALEX BRUMMER



he default position of politicians and prominent public figures under fire is to blame a free press. On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht the Index on Censorship, which monitors attacks on world media, reiterates that freedom of expression is a freedom that benefits all. Recently, it noted that once you accept the principle that only certain voices can be heard, “it can be applied to your voice just as easily”. There are plenty of reasons to endorse the Index’s strong strand at present. At the community level, Jewish News has not been immune. It has on occasion experienced intense pressure from outsiders wishing to stymie its reporting and opinion. There are community leaders who would prefer the Jewish press to be less noisy in allegations against community leaders. Those required to defend Israel’s democracy will often cite the country’s combative media representing all shades of opinion. But Benjamin Netanyahu blames a “media witch hunt” for the

effort to dislodge him from power over allegations of corruption. However, at the heart of the case against the Israeli prime minister are the charges that he discussed “bartering” with Arnon ‘Noni’ Mozes, the owner of one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Yedioth Ahronoth, which is critical of him. In exchange for more favourable coverage, Netanyahu allegedly promised to hamper the circulation of a rival publication, a claim both men deny. In the US, the attacks on The New York Times and cable channel CNN from Donald Trump’s White House is relentless. Indeed, it was the president’s men who came up with the whole concept of “fake news” (or rather, news reporting and opinion the White House doesn’t like). Protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other papers have continued to publish without fear or favour. They refuse to be intimidated by the president, Harvey Weinstein or anyone else who might prefer to shut them up. There is much that is shocking emerging by the day from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. This includes the march of Momentum’s perceived tolerance of anti-Semitism; the




the right. All of these leaders would prefer to suppress freedom of expression rather than allow the media to get on with reporting. As Trevor Phillips, founding chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, observes, freedom of expression “is the last and only defence of minority in society. When they have taken everything else from you…the last thing they can take away is your voice”. Media outlets are seen as all powerful organisations, but print media is hanging on by its fingertips in the face of the online challenge. Cable and terrestrial TV also faces direct and potential existential challenge from newcomers. In seeking to silence the press, public figures show a worrying disregard for freedom of expression and democracy, which must be resisted.



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former embrace of Hezbollah and Hamas and efforts to restore Ken Livingstone to party membership in spite of his horrendous distortions of the Shoah narrative. The Labour leader’s response when he is criticised is to shout “smear”. Reports in The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and others that Corbyn may have become too close to Czech intelligence during the Cold War – he says the meetings were innocent – failed to elicit from him the kind of detailed response such allegations might justify. Instead, he turned his fire on the messenger, the free press. There were attacks on non-domiciled proprietors and a pledge that “change is coming”. Corbyn’s threat from the left is not very different to that of Trump and Netanyahu from



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umerous truisms wax philosophical about the ways in which a society can be measured, but at last week’s Jewish News Night Of Heroes it struck me that the best way to measure a society is to see who it celebrates as its heroes. The British Jewish community has much to be proud of, and can and should serve as a model for communities around the world. Numerous individuals and causes, ranging from humanitarian, social, spiritual, to educational were showcased, and one highlight was the Young Hero Awards, given out to Rio Woolf, Lucy Ronson-Allalouf and Zak Cohen for their inspiring charitable achievements, despite their young age and challenging circumstances. Having been born and raised in America, I am often amazed not only by the quality and quantity of UK Jewish charities, but by their

intergenerational focus and attendance. At recent charity events, younger people were well represented, a clear indication that the Jewish value of chesed (loving-kindness) is successfully being transmitted to the next generation. This is not just fiscally sensible, it is morally strategic. I’ll explain why. It is often said that it’s not what parents say but what they do that most influences their children. The truth is that not even the actions of parents matters most (as they can be insincere) but their attitudes and reactions. For example, the look of horror crossing the face of a parent upon encountering evil, or the glow of pride, will often be the same one to cross the face of their children in similar situations. Radio host and author Dennis Prager tells of how a woman boasted that her children were top doctors and lawyers. He asked: “Are they good people too?” “Why of course,” she replied. “Then why didn’t you tell me that first?” he questioned. What parents and educators truly value most (not what say they do) is what their children and students will come to value most. And the same is true of societies and their leaders. The

hierarchy of societal value systems creates corresponding societal norms and aspirations. Thus it’s in the hands of community leaders to set the agenda of the people they want to influence. I have often wondered whether this could this be why the Lubavitcher Rebbe stood for hours on end each Sunday distributing dollars for charity to thousands of people who sought his blessing until he was incapacitated by a stroke aged 90. Perhaps he saw those hours and interactions as his way of modelling the value of chesed and inspiring all he encountered to be kinder and more charitable. Indeed, he explained as much to philanthropist Ronald Lauder, saying: “When two people meet, something good should result for a third.”

When the leaders of a society emphasise goodness and kindness, the society will follow. If charity is idealised and idolised, every member of that civilisation will seek ways to be charitable. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates initiated a project called The Pledge, which reaches out to the world’s billionaires and encourages them to give away half their wealth to charities in their lifetimes. Jewish and philanthropist Mikhail Fridman has committed all of his wealth to charity in his lifetime. Such respected men and women in societies the world over, and evenings such as Night of Heroes, can help inspire a new generation of givers and usher in an era of generosity and compassion that is so desperately needed.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen

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Purim costume dramas! Email us at community@thejngroup.com Brondesbury Park cheder pupils had a lesson at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home, after which they gave hamantashen to residents. Pictured: Caleb and Alba Summers and Lyla Rees with Cynthia Elf. Children at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue’s Aleph Learning Centre dressed up and exchanged mishloach manot.

Twenty lads and dads from Kinloss Synagogue packed up mishloach manot parcels for hundreds of families in conjunction with GIFT.

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Pupils at Sacks Morasha are celebrating Purim by taking part in a ‘Megillah for Children, Read by Children’. A total of 16 children from KS2 will read most of the megillah in front of the entire school, parents and grandparents. Photo by Marc Morris

Youth volunteering initiative Project ImpACT put together 300 Purim mishloach manot boxes for JDA and the Jewish Blind and Disabled charity, in conjunction with US Chesed.

DJ Stevie T on the decks at Norwood Sports Purim Party at Ravenswood in Berkshire.

Children at Radlett Reform cheder enjoyed a mitzvah day-themed Purim day, for which they made placemats, greggers, mishloach manot boxes and fruit baskets – all of which were sent to NorwoodRavenswood in Berkshire.

Tenants at Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Cecil Rosen Court receive mishloach manot from Radlett United project Chesed.

Bushey Brownies packed mishloach manot boxes for residents of Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home.


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an incredible charity. I couldn’t bear to consider what would have happened to my parents should the charity and its incredible facilities and staff not been available to them.”

“Seeing is believing,” said British Emunah co-vice chair Sharon Dewinter, after she led a Mother and Daughter Israel Tour of Emunah projects and places of interest. The pre and post-batmitzvah girls and mothers made friends while learning about the charity’s work supporting vulnerable children through residential homes, day care and high schools.

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Rabbis and cantors from the Shabbaton Choir in north London returned from a five-day trip to Israel, after singing at 17 events across the country. The singers entertained paediatric and geriatric patients at Laniado Hospital and Dorot Medical Centre in Netanya, the Reuth Medical Centre in Tel Aviv and at the ALEH Jerusalem centre (pictured) – Israel’s leading network of care for children with severe complex disabilities – to mark Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Stanmore’s chazan Jonny Turgel said: “I am really hopeful we can raise awareness of the work we did and the incredible work these charities and organisations do.


More than 100 people attended Jewish Blind & Disabled’s supper quiz at Alyth Reform Synagogue. Daniel Reuben, who along with his mother Felicity, was on the winning table, said: “Jewish Blind & Disabled is

A committee aiming to bring together young Jewish professionals together in a relaxed environment held its second event. More than £2,000 was raised from a Moroccan-themed evening at Covent Garden’s Souk Medina. The funds will be given to the United Synagogue Chesed Department and to projects aimed to help the elderly and low income families. Its next event will be an Israel 70 party for Israel Independence Day on 18 April.


Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon visited Simon Marks Jewish Primary School ahead of World Book Day. Praising the students for their “fantastic questions,” she revealed that Horrid Henry’s Thank You Letter was inspired by the agony of forcing her son, Joshua, to write to thank relatives and friends for the presents he had received for his barmitzvah, saying: “It was painful.” Chair of governors Howard Pallis said: “The children have been reading Francesca Simon’s books all this term, preparing for our special guest. This visit shows the range of extraordinary educational opportunities we offer.”

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Businessman wins lifetime honour

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Businessman and philanthropist Leo Noé has dedicated a lifetime achievement award to his late parents. The property tycoon received the accolade for his contribution to enhancing bilateral links at the UK Israel Business Awards dinner on Tuesday. A chest infection prevented him from collecting the trophy in person. Now the biggest owner of shopping centres in Israel, he also established the Kemach Foundation, which has helped tens of thousands of charedim into the workplace, enabling them to provide for families. “What began as charity has become an investment,” said his son Zvi, delivering an acceptance speech to 420 guests. Business and charity had driven the success of each other, he added. Ahead of Israel’s 70th birthday, UK Israel Business CEO Hugo Bieber said: “The fabulous business record of Leo Noé and his huge commitment to good causes in the UK and Israel is rightly recognised in this year of great significance.”

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Lifestyle / Beatles nostalgia

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Hair, there and everywhere... The Beatles’ hairdresser Leslie Cavendish tells Alex Galbinski about his new book revealing his experiences with the Fab Four


Publicity photo for the opening of the Beatlesbacked Apple hairdressing salon in Chelsea

s hairdresser to the Beatles in the 1960s, Leslie Cavendish was exposed to sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. However, working for Vidal Sassoon, the most famous hairdresser of the time, he was under strict instructions that the female clientele – including Jane Asher, Mary Quant and singer Shirley Bassey – were off limits. And drugs didn’t float his boat. But rock n’ roll and the Beatles were a dream come true. In his recently-published book, The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined An Era, Cavendish (who is pictured above, strumming the Gretsch guitar John Lennon used during the recording of Paperback Writer), lifts the lid not just on Beatlemania, but also on popular culture in an era when the BBC only played “safe and proper” music by artists speaking “the Queen’s equerry”. As he was blow-drying her hair one day in 1966, Asher turned to the 19-year-old Jewish boy from Burnt Oak – who had fallen into hairdressing after following his best friend Lawrence Falk into it, seduced by the fashionable lifestyle the salon seemed to offer – and asked: “Would you cut my boyfriend’s hair?” Her boyfriend was none other than Paul McCartney, and Cavendish couldn’t believe his luck. “I was 19 and a Beatles fan, so you can imagine how I felt! You don’t say no, do you?!” he recalls, laughing. What happened when Cavendish, now 70, turned up to cut Macca’s hair? “I got to Paul’s house and there were half a dozen girls outside….they knew everybody who went in. Inside the courtyard, there was a green Aston Martin – the only time you ever saw one of those was in a Bond film! “When I knocked, I expected a house-

keeper to open the door, but it was Mr McCartney, saying: ‘You must be Leslie, Jane’s told me a lot about you.’ Everything was very relaxed.” Cavendish – who was born in Cable Street to Jewish refugees fleeing pogroms in Russia, Poland and Georgia – says he felt like he’d won the “Beatles lottery”. “I sat down and had a cup of tea with Paul. It was a few weeks after they finished touring, and that Beatles mop top look was a bit untidy. So I gave it a little trim. I was

I REALISED WHAT A GREAT EXCITEMENT IT WAS FOR ME TO BE HANGING AROUND PEOPLE WHO WERE REALLY GREAT AND WHOSE MUSIC I LIKED with rock royalty and would have hung around all day.” Within a short time, Cavendish became McCartney’s regular stylist until 1975, and to the rest of the fab four from 1967 until 1970, part of a close circle around the cheeky Liverpudlians. What were they like, I ask him. “Ringo was involved in what the other three were doing, John was very individual and

George was trying to find himself at the time and trying to get his songs out. “Paul was exciting to be around because he was Beatle-ish – you were seeing a Beatle. He was very focused – and still is – on his music. I had a nice time with him – nothing heavy. Watching him work was a privilege.” I ask Cavendish – who, in his lengthy career also tended to the locks of The Bee Gees, Graham Nash, Peter Cook, among many other celebrities as well as the general public – why he thinks the fab four trusted him. “One of the things I learnt at Vidal’s was to be discreet. I was the only London boy in that set – and I was Jewish as well. I never told the press about anything. “I realised what a great excitement it was for me to be hanging around people who were really great and whose music I liked – I thought, ‘I’m not going to blow this.’” Cavendish was the one who facilitated McCartney going incognito on safari with Asher in late 1966, when he cut his hair very short. The headlines screamed: “Barber who made Paul a skinhead”. And he gave the stars their iconic look between the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Let It Be albums. Being Jewish is important to Cavendish and while he wasn’t religious, he was always aware of his roots. One of only three Jewish boys in his school, the class bullies “would regularly hassle us for being ‘Jew boys’”, he writes. Indeed, it was before the Six-Day War in 1967, when he saw the front page of The Daily Express, showing the map of Israel with arrows from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria all pointing towards it and pushing it into the sea, that he saw red.

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Beatles nostalgia / Lifestyle

Above: Cavendish cutting George Harrison’s hair and, right, training as a junior under Mark Hilliard at Vidal Sassoon’s salon at the Grosvenor House Hotel

“That got to me right into my heart,” he recalls. He signed up to help at Kibbutz Mahanayim in the Galil, where many of its members had gone to fight. “I told McCartney I was going to Israel; that they needed some help. I think he understood where I was coming from. My mother didn’t understand, though,” he laughs. “She said: “You’re mad! Leave them alone, you don’t have to go there!” Not long after he returned, and two weeks after the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, McCartney invited Cavendish onto the psychedelic yellow coach along with 40-odd people for the Sergeant Pepper Magical Mystery Tour

from London to Cornwall. Cavendish, who now manages a north London shop for Jewish charity All Aboard, says his best recollections of the tour are of being with the Fab Four in close proximity. “I’d never seen them together before. It was fun to watch them muck about altogether and to chat with them. “The moment we stopped the coach, that’s when you saw Beatlemania – people gathered and screamed their names. It was fascinating to watch that, wondering how they could live like this.” In 2012, for the Magical Mystery Tour’s 50th anniversary, Cavendish was invited to a special screening at the British Film

Institute. He attended with Aidan, one of his two sons, and was pleased when McCartney recognised him. “As we were coming out of the theatre, Paul looked at me and said my name. He put his arm around me and I introduced him to my son. We made small talk, and I said to him, ‘There is a promise that I made to you – that we’d both kept our hair – and I was right!”  The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined An Era by Leslie Cavendish is published by Alma Books, priced £14.99, and is available now

Cavendish, right, with friend Lawrence Falk

Above: The Magical Mystery Tour coach party. Cavendish is sitting second right from Harrison with a cigarette in his mouth

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Lucy Daltroff discovers how a medieval clock tower in Bern inspired Einstein’s theory of relativity, and views an exhibition of art looted by the Nazis

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ith its sleepy clock towers and quiet cobbled streets, you could be forgiven for thinking Bern is just a small town rather than the capital of Switzerland. But there’s something undeniably charming about this cosy city. Perhaps it’s because of Bern’s tiny population of around just 142,000 – about the same size as St Albans – or that there are only seven fulltime members in the Swiss cabinet. Whatever the reasons, this 12th-century settlement on the bend of the Aare River is a lovely place for a break. It’s just over an hour’s flight from London, but strangely seems to be a well-kept secret despite the whole attractive town centre being a Unesco World Heritage site. The main square is dominated by an intricate medieval clock tower with moving puppets. It’s fabulously ornate and beautiful to look at, but most visitors might believe its main purpose is simply to tell the time.

They would be wrong – for this one clock actually inspired a young Albert Einstein, who lived here from 1903 to 1905, and his theory of relativity. It was while Einstein was travelling on his daily tram ride up the main street, the Kramgasse, that the ground-breaking German-Jewish physicist imagined he was travelling towards the clock tower at the speed of light and came up with his famous equation. The dedicated Einstein Museum explores his work and life further, while visitors can also view the apartment where the young scientist lived with his wife and son. His former home is beautifully positioned in the centre of the town, but I was surprised to see the Einsteins had to share the kitchen and bathroom with other tenants. A lack of finances is also evidenced by a local newspaper advert, in which Einstein offered private lessons in maths and physics – including the first one for free! My visit over the winter months coincided with Bern’s famous ancient annual onion market and carnival, regarded as a must for every Swiss citizen to attend at least once in his or her lifetime. As I wandered along the dark streets at 5am there was a palpable excitement mingled with the wafting smells of onions, garlic and, of course, glühwein. Proceedings culminate with the procession of the Onion Head, whereby a citizen who has helped charitable causes during the year is honoured by being led through the streets accompanied by a brass band while children, and occasionally adults, throw confetti on all and sundry. Afterwards, while walking back across the river with the sun glistening on top of

the Prealps in the distance, it was easy to understand why Bern has been voted as one of the best cities in the world to live in. There is also controversy, however. Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently showing a selection of artworks from the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt. In 2013, 81-year-old Gurlitt was visited by tax inspectors, only for them to discover a huge hoard of artworks – 1,406 in total – in what was later described as “the biggest artistic find of the post-war era”. The art-loving recluse had inherited the collection from his father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, a well-known collector and one of four dealers asked to act on behalf of the Nazis, with the task of acquiring work for the unrealised Führermuseum project in Linz. Many of the works were simply stolen, or belonged to owners who were forced to sell them far below their market value. As a consequence of the find, Germany set up an international task force on returning looted art. Although Bern’s Museum of Fine Arts is focusing on the works of “degenerate art” confiscated by the Nazis from German museums, I still found it difficult to go round the exhibition without thinking of the circumstances, rather than appreciating the art itself. There was once a flourishing Jewish community in Bern during the Middle

Above, Bern’s famous clock tower; left, produce at the Onion Festival; far left, Lucy Daltroff with distinguished former resident Albert Einstein

Ages, but they were driven out by 1427 and returned only in the 1840s, mostly from Alsace in France. Today there are around 300 Jewish families (out of the 20,000 in Switzerland as a whole) and the centre of the community is the lovely synagogue at Kapellenstrasse 2. It was inaugurated in 1906 and built in the Moorish style. I was taken round by Robert Heymann, former president and a fluent English speaker, who explained the synagogue had been extended in 1971 to include a community building and there was also a Jewish cemetery. It’s an attractive building in all aspects – much like the beautiful city of Bern itself.

LUCY’S TRAVEL TIPS Lucy flew with Swiss International Air Lines (swiss.com), which offers fares from £74 one-way. Visitors can receive deals on travel passes and tickets at swisstravelsystem.co.uk. For more about the Einstein house, visit einstein-bern.ch or myswitzerland.com. The exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, kunstmuseumbern.ch, continues until Sunday.

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In what is arguably Moses’ greatest moment of leadership, his face radiates as he descends with the Torah after encountering God. Initially, the people cannot even look at him directly. From that point, unless communicating with God or teaching Torah to the nation, Moses’ face is masked, separated from everyone. When observing the nature of Moses’ leadership in general, we notice it’s shaped by separation. Moses spends his formative years in the comfort of Egyptian royalty, rather than in the shared misery of Jewish slavery. His adulthood is spent in the serene pastoral surroundings of a shepherd’s life, isolated from the increasing pressure of labour in industrial Egypt. While the Jewish nation prepares to enter the Promised Land, Moses is destined to die alone, left behind by the people of Israel forever. Indeed, even when celebrating the Exodus on Pesach night, we make no mention of his contribution. Moses remains separated from our Pesach experience as well. In the presence of greatness, it is easy for people to combine commitment to the message with gradual idolisation of the messenger. The Torah avoids this by separating Moses from us and our imagination, enabling us to direct our concentration and focus on the teachings rather than the teacher. This might explain why Moses was and is kept separated from us. As a leader so distant and remote from us, his only inheritance is his teachings. More than we remember Moses, we are inspired to concentrate on remembering those.

 Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya



The prophet Ezekiel started his life and career in the Land of Israel, before the destruction of the first Temple. He was among the initial wave of exiles, along with other nobles, aristocrats and leaders deported to Babylon. The fact the first exile took place in stages meant the rest of the nation found a basic communal infrastructure and support system when they arrived at the Rivers of Babylon following the destruction of the Temple. Ezekiel was one of the few prophets who received prophecy outside the Land of Israel and his words and


visions continue to provide us with hope and inspiration – perhaps his most famous prophecy is the “valley of dry bones” which is the Haftora for Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach. Ezekiel finds himself before hundreds of thousands of skeletons, which according to one opinion in the Talmud were from the tribe of Ephraim. These Israelites had prematurely left Egypt under a false messiah, only to be slaughtered by the Phllistines. The resurrection that he describes, whether literal or figurative, is therefore perceived as a culmination of the Pesach story. The main purpose of this vision was to grant hope to a people in despair, with the “dry bones” referring to the entire Jewish Nation. During the darkest points of our exile we are liable to say ‘avda tikvateinu’, or our hope is lost and we have no way of moving forward. Ezekiel encourages the Jews in exile, telling us that the Almighty will indeed raise us from our graves and bring us to the Land of Israel. His message takes on a whole new

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dimension when we think of emaciated Shoah survivors, living skeletons, who were able to rebuild and return to the Land of Israel to the words ‘od lo avda tikvateinu’, our hope is not yet lost.

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The Bible Says What? ‘Your husband will rule over you’

Progressively Speaking What Judaism tell us about the Oxfam scandal

BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD While it is true God says to Eve: “I will multiply your pains in childbearing; with painful labour you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you”, one must remember taking a verse from its context can be dangerous. Some read this verse as objectively true. Childbirth is painful; women look for intimacy more than men; men are superior to women. Not me. The passage occurs immediately after the expulsion from Eden. God curses the serpent with separation from other species for beguiling the woman, adding mutual hostility for good measure. Then comes the statement to Eve, and finally Adam: “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit… The ground is cursed… By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food.” There are two biblical parallels. God challenges Cain later in almost identical language with “sin waits at the door; its desire towards you, but you can rule over it”.

The passages mirror each other – Eve’s desire is positive, sin is negative. Dominating is negative when over Eve, but positive when over sin. And we see another mirror image from before leaving the garden: In Eden, Eve’s will dominated and food had been easily obtained. Now we have the reverse: an exercise in irony and dislocation from the perfect. The statements to Adam, Eve and the serpent must be read within this context of warning that life will never be easy, never be perfect; there will always be temptations and we must work hard to make the best of it. This verse has been used to justify keeping women subservient to men, overlooking the texts where men and women are created equally. Its misuse compounds the problem of living in an imperfect, dislocated world and hides the achievable resolution.

 Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi in south London for 30 years

RABBI LEAH JORDAN The Oxfam scandal could raise many questions on sexual autonomy and consent in the context of huge disparity of wealth and opportunity. In our current #MeToo moment, it may make us look at patriarchal power, post-colonial race and class structures and sexual politics. It might also raise concerns for many of us that Oxfam, an NGO dedicated to good in the world, may be targeted unfairly and lose funding. I’m left feeling none of these. I feel rage that after a devastating earthquake young girls and women went to their local NGO, seeking help, and were raped or coerced into sexual favours in exchange for food. Of her time working in development organisations, Afua Hirsch of The Guardian writes: “In countries where aid agencies have a large and permanent presence, people who live in their shadow have been conditioned to believe these organisations are there to offer them help. In my

experience, particularly in the aftermath of disaster, when foreigners are sometimes the only source of resources, women seek from them any help they can get.” In Haiti, first their home was devastated and then that devastation took place again, as it far too often does, on the bodies of women and girls – specifically girls of colour. The cry of rage at this reminds me of nothing so much as the Book of Lamentations we as Jews read every Tisha B’Av, when we mourn the destruction of Jerusalem and

our most sacred communal spaces. In Lamentations, Jerusalem or the Jewish people are personified as a woman raped and abandoned. This is the text we as Jews read to realise this sort of rage, to help us express the fury we feel. “The Eternal in my midst has rejected all my heroes,” cries the speaker in Lamentations 1:15. “Far from me is any comforter.” (1:16) I can only imagine how these words might express some of what these women may feel. Those who were meant to be their comforters became agents of their further pain. Lamentations wails that “jackals prowl” over the ruins of Jerusalem. These sexual predators are the sort of jackals from which Oxfam, and all of us, need to learn better to protect each other.  Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

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Faithfold’s champagne moment! MGBSFL Faithfold A claimed the season’s first piece of silverware, picking up the point needed to be crowned Division One champions. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored in the 1-1 draw with Raiders B, and said: “We needed a point and got it and won the league without losing a game. “I am very proud of my team and I have to thank every single player who contributed over the course of the season. It was hard work but over the course of the season we played some lovely football and deserved the title. “My team had been up for this match all week. We had an almost full strength team and picking the squad, never mind first eleven, was really difficult. Committed players who have been superb were left out, but I think they understood what was at stake. Unity was shown as many turned up to support the club and join in the festivities after, which really shows what this team is about.” Reigning Premier Division champions Oakwood A moved back to the top of the table as goals from Josh Cuby, Brad Wine, Jonny Quinn and Zak Collins saw them win 4-0 at London Lions White. Bayern Mincha remain two points clear at the top of the Division Two table after four goals from Adam Ellis and Sam Kanter’s strike saw it win 5-0 at Catford & Bromley. Mill Hill Dons maintained its title push with a 5-2 win over Raiders C. Harry Moss scored twice, with Josh Cinna, Jamie Nagioff and Ryan Kramer also all on target. Top scorers of the day were FC Team,

who put 11 goals past Faithfold B. Playermanager Mitch Young and Adam Rones bagged hat-tricks, Danny Moss scored twice, with Richard Salmon, Ryan Kangisser and Mike Patterson also all on target. Hertswood Vale also hit double figures as they put 10 past Temple Fortune B. Josh Cohen scored four times, James Millet chipped in with a hat-trick, Elio Elia scored twice, with Josh Gorb completing the rout.

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TENNIS Diego Schwartzman became the first Jewish player to break into the world’s top 20 for nearly 30 years after winning the Rio Open on Sunday. Beating Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-3, the Argentinean leapfrogged Andy Murray in the ATP rankings, reaching 18th place, to become the first Jewish player to make it into the top 20 since Brad Gilbert back in 1990. His second title, the 25-year-old said: “This

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Lions youth match their Brighton peers Hannah’s cross with final finish Maccabi London Lions took two of its sides down to Brighton at the weekend as they pitted their wits against the Premier League side’s shadow squads – and got the chance to watch their match against Swansea. Its U15 and U9 White sides played games at the club’s Academy, the former winning 2-0 and latter playing out a 2-2 draw. Executive club secretary Nigel Burns said: “All the boys and parents had an amazing trip – it enhances the club’s reputation and following discussions with Darren Bloom [brother of owner Tony] at Brighton, we will take more teams down in the future.”



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