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A television masterpiece


28 Adar 5778

Issue No.1045


Simon Schama on his landmark TV series, celebrating the history of human culture See page 30

Eight delicious days of Pesach! London Beth Din’s festival supplement See inside

Jewish Museum trolled by Polish nationalists

Centre bombarded with 3,000 ‘disturbing’ emails every day London’s Jewish Museum is being inundated with more than 3,000 emails a day from Polish nationalists supporting their country’s controversial new Holocaust law, writes Adam Decker. Museum boss Abigail Morris said she and three other staff members – all Jewish – are bombarded by more than 1,000 individual messages a day, while the museum’s nonJewish staff were not targeted. Morris said the “very disturbing” trolling began hours after Poland passed a new law banning mention of ‘Polish death camps’ and of Polish complicity in the horrors of the Holocaust. “It’s scary,” she said this week, after reporting it to the police. “We’ve just taken an exhibition of ours to Poland, where it’s had 55,000 visitors, so my name was out there, but others weren’t. I don’t know how they knew who was Jewish and who wasn’t. Some [Jewish staff ] don’t even have Jewish names. It’s very disturbing.” The exhibition, focusing on the history and significance of blood, was successfully transferred from the Camden institution to the POLIN Jewish history museum in Warsaw last year, and has been well received. Yet although the exhibition touches on Polish anti-Semitism, Morris said most of the emails didn’t reference the exhibition, but instead focused on Poland’s new law. “They were all personal emails from real people,” she said. “This wasn’t a computergenerated campaign where everything reads the same. It wasn’t copy-and-paste wording. These were real people who had obviously all

Jewish Museum chief executive Abigail Morris views some of the thousands of ‘scary’ emails she and her staff have received

sat down to make a point. Some were quite reasonable, making the case about ‘Polish death camps’ – others much less so.” Morris said her name and those of the other Jewish staff members were subsequently found on a Polish nationalist web-

site, but still doesn’t know how they were identified as Jews. “When we told our colleagues at POLIN, they were devastated,” said Morris. “They’ve spent 20 years combating anti-Semitism and just felt heartbroken.


“They felt all their hard work had been for nothing. They’re very concerned about what’s happening in Poland right now.” Although she says she told the police, Morris added: “No one seems very interested, because all they’d done is email.”

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News / Burial dispute / Hawking tributes

Hassell: My boss called ‘cab rank’ rule ‘excellent’ The chief coroner said coroner Mary Hassell’s “cab rank” rule of releasing bodies for burial was “excellent” – before changing his mind two weeks ago. The comments were expressed in an “Addendum” lodged last week by Hassell, the senior coroner for inner London, in her fight against lawyers representing the Orthodox Adath Yisroel Burial Society (AYBS), who she has called “bullies”. In his legal submission to a judicial review of Hassell’s stance, set for later this month, Chief Coroner Judge Mark Lucraft described Hassell’s conduct as “over-rigid”, “not capable of rational justification” and “not lawful”. Hassell has now submitted correspondence between them before she published her protocol, showing

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how he told her that it was “excellent”. Lucraft, in a response to Hassell’s revelation, said he “misinterpreted” her protocol and has since taken specialist legal advice, which prompted his U-turn. In a press release, the law firm representing AYBS, which is seeking to challenge Hassell’s position, said she was “trying to blame [the] chief coroner and the Jews for her own unlawful conduct”. Trevor Asserson this week issued an uncompromising statement about the coroner’s rigid stance and said Hassell’s position on religious burial was becoming “more untenable by the minute”. He went on to describe her as “stubborn”, “irrational” and “ignorant of the law”. On Hassell submitting Lucraft’s

original judgment of her position, Asserson accused her of “hiding behind correspondence” and “washing dirty laundry in public, showing yet further lack of judgment”. He denied his firm’s behaviour was bullying. Asher Gratt, speaking on behalf of AYBS, said: “The tone of the correspondence emerging from Ms Hassell, as well as her conduct, make us fear that she has no real interest in accommodating the deeply-held religious beliefs of the Jewish and Muslim communities.” He added: “We are becoming increasingly concerned that bereaved families will continue to suffer – adding anguish and distress because of Ms Hassell’s rigid and inflexible policies.”


OSBORNE WARNS OF BREXIT ‘MISTAKE’ Former Chancellor George Osborne told a Jewish Care audience this week that while he thought Brexit was a “mistake”, he did not believe it was possible to ignore the referendum result. Osborne, in conversation with outgoing head of BBC News James Harding, was helping Jewish Care’s Business Group celebrate its 25th anniversary.

POGRUND SCOOPS JOURNALISM PRIZE Former Jewish News writer Gabriel Pogrund, 23, has been named Young Journalist of the Year at the Press Awards. The Sunday Times reporter pipped five other writers to the prestigious prize, awarded by broadcaster Nick Ferrari on Tuesday. Pogrund said: “I am hugely indebted to the inspiring journalists who helped me grow, many of whom sit in the Jewish News newsroom.”

Hawking ‘altered our understanding’ MOBILE PHONES ‘COULD DETECT CANCER’ Jewish community leaders and scientists have paid tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking (pictured), who died yesterday aged 76, despite his support for an Israel boycott. The renowned British physicist was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 22 and given only two years to live, but showed, for the next five and a half decades, the power of the mind over the body and the ability to create and communicate despite the most debilitating conditions. Hawking continued to

travel the world giving lectures and writing scientific papers and books about the basic laws that govern the universe. Rabbi Lord Sacks said Hawking “was a man who changed our understanding of the universe, demonstrating that the greatest human power of all is the power of ideas...

“He truly merited the blessing the rabbis coined on seeing a great non-Jewish scholar, thanking God for ‘giving of His wisdom to human flesh and blood’.” Professor Barak Kol, Head of Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics said: “Hawking was one of the leading scientists of our time. And also, a great human being.” Hawking, who visited Israel four times, was known for his support for Palestinians and joined an academic boycott in 2013.

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Ex-Nazi guard who helped kill 300,000 Jews dies before jail



Above: Oskar Groening in court and during his time as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’

vidual atrocities, but did not acknowledge participating in any crimes. All his appeals were rejected, and it was only his ill health that kept him from being sent to prison in recent years. Most recently, his lawyers made one final bid for clemency, the decision for which was still pending. The Holocaust Educational Trust’s Karen Pollock said: “The trial and conviction of Oskar

Groening sent an unequivocal message that his crimes should never be forgotten.” Olivia Marks-Woldman, of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “We remember those who were killed and their families who live with the legacy of their devastating loss. We hope they can take some small comfort from his guilt being acknowledged and exposed to the world. ”

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guard Ivan Demjanjuk for concealing his Second World War service with the Nazis, but could not find any country willing to prosecute him. The Germans came up with the idea to charge anyone who served in camps in any capacity with ‘accessory to murder’. At his trial, Groening admitted his “moral guilt,” but failed to assume criminal responsibility for his camp role. He died awaiting his final appeal for clemency to the governor of Lower Saxony. Shoah victims never had that option, and the SS at Auschwitz murdered people of all ages, even those older than Groening. It’s time the wheels of justice in these cases move much more quickly, keeping in mind that the Nazi wheels of murder were among the fastest.


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no evidence of involvement in a specific killing, Groening knew Jews were being slaughtered at the Nazi death camp and supported the killings through his actions. Groening testified at his trial that he oversaw the collection of prisoners’ belongings at Auschwitz and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin. He said he witnessed indi-

Normally, the death of a 96-year-old Nazi would hardly warrant any media attention. More than 1,000 media outlets globally reported Oskar Groening’s death, and for good reason. His story was unusual and his fate can serve as a symbol of Germany’s very belated efforts to bring Holocaust perpetrators to justice. It seemed that Groening would never be prosecuted for his service as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Until then, to put a Nazi on trial in Germany, prosecutors had to prove the suspect had committed a specific crime against a specific victim and that the crime had been motivated by racial hatred. That policy changed about 10 years ago, when the Americans obtained a deportation order against Sobibor camp

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News / Board of Deputies election

Board’s three-way race Three candidates will fight to become president of the Board of Deputies in May, including its two vice-presidents and a Sephardi philanthropist born in Iraq. Baghdad-born Edwin Shuker threw his hat in the ring this week, lining up against Marie van der Zyl and Sheila Gewolb, both of whom were elected vice-presidents in the last election three years ago. Incumbent Jonathan Arkush, whose tenure is widely considered successful, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election, and the Board’s senior vice-president Richard Verber has also ruled himself out. Cardiff-born Gewolb has spent three years managing the Board’s community and education division, and acknowledged that she had been in the spotlight less than her friend Marie Van Der Zyl

Marie van der Zyl, whose role has included defence. Gewolb, who took a degree in languages in her 50s and gained a post-doctorate two years ago, claimed success at getting Home Office grants to extend the Jewish Living Exhibition to towns such as Newcastle as part of the government’s anti-radicalisation push. Urging “continuity”, she praised Arkush’s decision-making, saying: “He’s raised the profile of the Board and it’s about carrying on that good work. I believe I have the status, the fairness and the skills to do that.” Van der Zyl, an employment lawyer, says she has been a vocal critic both of the Labour Party’s efforts to crack down on anti-Semitism in the party, and of London coroner Mary Hassell’s “cab rank rule” for releasing bodies for burial. Edwin Shuker

Launching her campaign, she said: “We are at a critical point. Anti-Semitism is on the rise, including, shamefully, in the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. Jewish traditions, from brit milah to shechita, are under threat. And for too many Jews, our representative body isn’t relevant.” Van der Zyl has completed the ‘gamechangers’ leadership development course run by the Jewish Leadership Council, while Gewolb said this week that the principal promise of her campaign would be to prioritise the personal and professional development of deputies, “giving them more skills and confidence where wanted”. Adrian Cohen, chair of London Jewish Forum, has backed van der Zyl’s candidacy, whereas former CST boss Richard Benson backed Shuker, who sits on the Board’s executive and is vice-chair Sheila of the Board’s Gewolb international division. Shuker, a vicepresident of the European Jewish Congress, is a well-known philanthropist, active in the S&P (Spanish and Portuguese) Sephardi Community and cam-

paigns for the rights of Jews from Arab lands, to preserve Jewish shrines and sites “to keep the link between Iraq and its displaced Jewish community”. The businessman said this week: “I bring a wealth of experience built over 40 years of dedication and service both nationally and internationally. “I will dedicate whatever time and resources are needed to properly represent and guard the interests of the entire community and the rainbow of opinions and wideranging affiliations.” He added: “I will lead by example and have my Jewish values to guide me. I will do my utmost to empower every deputy to meaningfully contribute.” Outgoing Norwood chairman David Ereira, meanwhile, ruled himself out of the running, saying: “I had a call from the Board but I told them the timing wasn’t right. I’m coming to the end of my term at Norwood, having served the community for 25 years, and I want a rest before I embark on any other major communal role.” Ereira, who is also vice-president of the S&P Community, said: “Without doubt the Board needs strong leadership and serious reform… “It’s time for consolidation and partnership working across sectors and the Board needs to lead on this.”

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Charity help / School censors / News in brief / News

Charity gets TV boost from millionaire A group of Jewish friends helping roughsleepers in London had some good news last week when an undercover journalist filming them turned out to be a millionaire who then donated a van and £15,000. The team behind the Linkey Initiative, set up late last year, had the surprise after being filmed for the Channel 5 show Do The Right Thing with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, which was broadcast last Thursday. “As part of the show we had a ‘reporter’ come to the house about a week ago to film us packing items for rough-sleepers,” said Linkey co-founder Natasha Langleben. The fake journalist, called Joe, went with the team on to the streets to follow them doing drop-offs, before it was revealed by Langsford that Joe wasn’t actually a reporter but an undercover multi-millionaire. Joe later presented them with a van with the Linkey Initiative logo on it to use for a year, plus essential items worth £15,000 for the homeless. “We were completely shocked,” said Langleben. “One of the main items we needed to help us grow was a van. It will enable us to fulfil lots of opportunities including a recent large donation from a hotel which we can now collect and distribute among homeless shelters.”

Over the past week the Linkey team has sent essential items to 18 shelters across the country following a flurry of donations perhaps prompted by this month’s severe weather. “The shelters need supplies year-round, as do rough-sleepers who remain cold, wet and lonely even when it’s not snowing,” Langleben added. “We’re hoping for many more donations after the show!” The social enterprise was started by a pair of Jewish siblings from Barnet after a chance encounter between Josh Adley from Finchley and an elderly homeless man outside the Barnet Everyman cinema just before Christmas. The man asked Josh whether he knew of any hostels or shelters nearby. With his sister Natasha, Josh searched local shelters, but found most needed referrals. The pair then decided to act by involving friends. Last month, they raised money for an £8 Valentine’s Day ‘homeless pack’ of essential items for rough-sleepers including gloves, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel and deodorant. The number of people sleeping on the streets of England is now more than 4,700, the highest number since records began, a situation exacerbated by councils fitting anti-homeless fixtures in public areas.

Thumbs up: Volunteers from the Linkey Initiative with their generous benefactor

SCHOOL CENSORS CRITICISED Images of women A Jewish state school were also censored has been criticised for to hide body parts removing references including the chest, to homosexuality and arms and legs. women socialising with A school spokesmen from a textbook. man said: “It is An image of Fred well known that Astaire dancing with we redact our textGinger Rogers was books and it has among content blacked been reported time out by the Orthodox Yesodey Hatorah Senior Refrences to homosexuality blacked out and again, as well as being well docuGirls’ School in Stamford Hill, East London, in copies of the book seen mented by all relevant authorities.” Humanists UK said it received copies of by Humanists UK. A school spokesman said it was well known the book from members of the community. that it redacts textbooks “to protect girls from Education campaigns manager Jay Harman sexualisation” in line with parents’ wishes said: “It is not acceptable for a state-funded school to take such a homophobic and and religious beliefs. Humanists UK said references to homo- misogynistic approach to education. Nor is it sexuals in a section on Aryan racial persecu- acceptable for such a school to be rated ‘good’. “Once again, the consequences of giving tion were redacted and mentions of women drinking in public and driving with men were religion free reign over our education system censored from Understanding the Modern are brought into sharp focus. Children deserve so much better than this.” World, an AQA GCSE history resource.




A Jewish human rights group in the UK is encouraging people to contact their MPs ahead of a parliamentary debate on refugees. The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (J-CORE) asked supporters to get involved before a debate on a private members’ bill on family reunion tomorrow, 16 March. “Unlike most other EU states, the UK does not allow child refugees to apply for even their closest family members to join them,” said J-CORE director Dr Edie Friedman. “As a result, families are separated and child refugees are forced to grow up in the UK care system, alone and at the expense of local authorities.”

Jewish councillors in Barnet have thanked Transport for London for swiftly removing Israel Apartheid Week posters. It follows the appearance around Barnet of large unauthorised posters declaring: “For Palestinians, every day is Israel Apartheid Day”. The posters were not attributed to any organisation. Conservative councillor Dean Cohen praised TfL commissioner Mike Brown “for acting so quickly to address this issue”, adding: “He has given his assurance that if there are others around then they will be removed.” Cohen, who chairs Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, became aware of the posters when another councillor alerted him to one in King’s Cross.

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News / Zionist Federation dinner

Tears for to Druze hero The contribution of the Druze community to the defence of Israel was emotionally highlighted at the Zionist Federation (ZF) dinner on Sunday, writes Jenni Frazer. After an address by Ashraf Halabi, the director of the Druze Veterans Association, the 300strong audience heard a searing presentation from the father of one of two Druze policemen killed by terrorists at Temple Mount in July 2017. Hail Stawi was just 31 and the father of a newborn boy when he was murdered. But his father could not speak about his son before being overwhelmed in tears.

Halabi continued on his behalf, telling the ZF supporters that “Druze and Jews are not just blood brothers but life brothers”. Druze loyalty to Israel is “unconditional”, he said, but the organisation was fighting for better conditions for Druze villages and better job opportunities for Druze army veterans. Guest of honour was former Israel Education and Interior Minister Gideon Saar. In a wide-ranging conversation with Sky News’ Sandy Rashty, he set himself firmly against what he termed “the so-called two-state solution” and denounced “80

Hail Stawi’s father is consoled on stage

years of failure” on the Palestinian side. The politician, who refused direct discussion of the corruption allegations against Netanyahu, spoke of future arrangements with the Palestinians in the form of liaisons

with Jordan with regards the West Bank, and with Egypt in relation to Gaza. He spoke enthusiastically of “regional partnerships”, and insisted a Palestinian state would “create major security problems” for Israel.

RABBI HECKLES SAAR OVER DEPORTATIONS A rabbi who attended the ZF dinner was so infuriated by guest speaker Gideon Saar’s remarks that she heckled him and walked out in protest, writes Jenni Frazer. Rabbi Lea Muhlstein, of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, told Jewish News she had written to the ZF to complain that the politician’s sometimes con-

troversial views had gone unquestioned. She said: “I was not surprised at his views, but was shocked that a guest speaker of an umbrella body for the whole of the community should say such things and no alternative view was presented.” Muhlstein, a “deeply committed Zionist”, shouted at Saar when he said

Israel was not deporting asylum seekers and refugees. “Yes, you are!” she declared. She added that Saar was ignoring the strength of feeling leading 70 rabbis to protest to Israel’s embassy in the UK about the proposed deportations, or that the Jewish Agency had passed a resolution deploring the policy.

MOONMAN TRIBUTE The long-time contribution of the ZF’s former president, Eric Moonman, was honoured in a warm tribute at Sunday’s dinner. Chair of the ZF Paul Charney and current president Estelle Gilston paid tribute to Eric (pictured), a former Labour and SDP MP who died in December last year. Succeeding him, Gilston said, meant “filling very large shoes”, and she and Charney spoke at length about Eric, whom they described as a mentor in the ZF. The two also praised Eric’s widow Gillian, and said the

couple had been a partnership in every sense – not least in supporting the Zionist cause. They presented Gillian with a picture of the couple together with Israel’s late president, Shimon Peres. Charney announced a plaque would be affixed in a museum on Mount Herzl in Eric’s name, on behalf of the Zionist Federation.

Hopkins apology ZF chairman Paul Charney has apologised for offence caused after a controversial right-wing public figure appeared at the organisation’s dinner. Katie Hopkins, (pictured at the event) who has supported to extreme positions, was photographed

with ambassador Mark Regev at the event, which attracted condemnation on social media. Charney said: “For clarification, Katie Hopkins was not invited directly by the ZF, but as a guest of a guest. On behalf of the ZF we apologise for any offence caused by Ms Hopkins’ presence.”

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Art restitution / Winton memorial / Hate letters / FA apology / News

MPs want time limit removed for return of Nazi-looted art Depriving Holocaust survivors of their right to recover artwork looted in the Nazi era would be “heartless and wrong”, a former Cabinet minister has said, as she introduced a bill to stop the current law expiring. Theresa Villiers, a former Northern Ireland Secretary, said legislation giving a number of museums and galleries the power to return works of art stolen during the Second World War back to their rightful owners will cease to have effect from November next year. “After that date, the insti-

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tutions named in the legislation will no longer be able to return works of art to Holocaust survivors or to the fami-

lies of those who perished in the genocide,” Villiers told the Commons. She warned that poten-

WINTON MEMORIAL GARDEN OPENED A garden in memory of the British humanitarian who saved hundreds of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before the Second World War was opened by Barnet councillors on Tuesday. Mayor of Barnet Brian

Salinger and Cllr Dean Cohen, chair of the Council’s environment committee, cut the ribbon in a ceremony to open a memorial garden for Sir Nicholas Winton (pictured) at Princes Park in Golders Green. Cohen said Sir Nicholas

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“was a man of extreme courage who displayed immense bravery saving hundreds of Jewish children”. He added: “I am proud the legacy of such an incredible humanitarian has been marked in this special way.”

Jewish groups have reacted with “horror and shock” at news this week of letters posted around the UK calling on people to take part in a “Punish a Muslim Day”. The letters were posted and sent to people in cities throughout the UK, including Bradford, Leicester, London, Sheffield and Cardiff, calling on them to physically and verbally attack Muslims. Trustees of Nisa-Nashim,

the Jewish-Muslim women’s network, said: “We encourage Jewish women and people from all backgrounds to reach out to their Muslim neighbours with letters of love, not hate.” A Board of Deputies spokesman described the letters as “sickening”, saying: “We also note that potentially harmful substances and antiMuslim letters have been sent to some Muslim MPs.”

FA repeats apology The chief executive of the Football Association (FA) has issued a renewed apology and reassured Jewish football clubs they are free to have the Star of David on their shirts, following talks with community leaders. Yesterday’s meeting was convened following Martin Glenn’s comments last week, when he appeared to compare the Jewish emblem to the swastika and other symbols.

Speaking after the meeting, which included Jewish Leadership Council chief executive and former FA executive Simon Johnson, Glenn said: “I apologise again for the offence caused when I referenced political and religious symbols in football, specifically the Star of David. “All clubs with Jewish players, and staff are permitted the use of the Star of David if it is on the crest of the football club’s shirt.”



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News / Communal warning / Charity link / Limmud role

Jewish survival ‘at risk’ Two prominent Jewish billionaires have delivered a powerful warning about the future of Jewish survival during the inaugural event of Living Torah, writes Alex Davis. Mikhail Fridman and Matthew Bronfman, chairman of Limmud FSU, spoke to a packed audience at Chabad Belgravia about the relevance of Torah to their lives and careers. Both men agreed that in the modern world tackling the challenge of assimilation was a central priority. Bronfman, a New Yorker who was not brought up in a traditional Jewish home, spoke movingly of how “igno-

Concern: Mikhail Fridman

rance and apathy” often resulted in assimilation. “It is our responsibility to share the beauty, wisdom and truth

of Torah. How can we expect the next generation to love the beauty of Judaism if they are not exposed to it? This responsibility starts within our own family and stretches out to all unaffiliated Jews,” he said. “Jews today are a divided people – we judge, criticise and sometimes even scorn each other,” he added. “There is too much judgement and not enough tolerance in today’s Jewish communal life.” Fridman, a Russian business magnate and co-founder of the Russian Jewish Congress, said the modern world provided greater temptation

for Jewish children to assimilate. “We must challenge assimilation, because otherwise in a few generations’ time we will have a small group of religious people which will represent all Jewish communities. Secular communities could disappear altogether or be assimilated.” Fridman argued that to survive in this “new embracing world” we must utilise soft power by focusing on Jewish philosophy, values and culture. By doing so, the challenge of convincing new generations to remain Jewish could be achieved and Jewish traditions preserved.”

CHARITY PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH Hackney Limmud plan the London Centre for Children Jewish News has teamed up with Cerebral Palsy – said: “We with the charity CPotential are giving the children opporto become its Jewish Cultural tunities to learn about different Experience Partner. religions and their cultures.” The tie-up will see JN Editor of Jewish News support Muswell Hill-based Richard Ferrer said: “By Woodstar School in celebrating becoming CPotential’s Jewish various Jewish festivals, the CPotential at work Cultural Experience Partner, we first of which marked Purim. Finn Emmerson, head of Woodstar School, can help raise awareness of the great work it which is run by CPotential – the new name for does helping disabled children of all faiths.”

The United Synagogue has named Stephen Brown as community development worker to engage with the strictly-Orthodox community in Stamford Hill and develop Hackney Limmud. Brown was featured recently in a BBC documentary about Stamford Hill residents relocating to Canvey Island. The US move, which envis-

ages several events and initiatives, recognises the trend of millennials moving into the area, as well as Israelis “and those not engaged in community life.” Community engagement manager Yaacov Finn said: “There are people not connected to a Jewish community but would like to be if presented with the opportunity.”


STUDENTS ADDRESS UNIVERSITY ABUSE Jewish student and communal representatives told new Universities Minister Sam Gyimah how Jewish and Israel-related events “are targeted” on campus. Union of Jewish Students president Josh Holt and Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush discussed anti-Semitism, hate speech and the disruption of events at their Wednesday meeting with Gyimah, who took over from predecessor Jo Johnson MP two months ago.

ARSENAL FAN FILMED SINGING ‘GAS ‘EM ALL’ Footage has emerged of an Arsenal fan singing a sickening anti-Semitic chant. The video – sent to Jewish News by a fan – was filmed shortly before the Gunners’ Europa League match against Italian side AC Milan in Italy last Thursday. The clip followed the man on his way to the match as he sang the vile chant, which included the words “gas ‘em all”. The fan, who wished to remain anonymous, has reported the incident, adding: “This is the worst piece of football-related racial hatred I have ever seen.”

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Putin accused of US election slur on Jews Jewish groups this week condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin for “pointing the finger at Jews” when asked about meddling in America’s election. Putin, who has a strong personal relationship with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made the comments in a TV interview with NBC News, in which he seemed to suggest Russian Jews were not really Russian. Putin spoke afer being asked about 13 Russian nationals recently indicted by US special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, which was won by Republican Donald Trump. “Maybe they’re not even Russians,” said Putin, whose state security services according to a dossier compiled by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele are alleged to have collected compromising information on Trump. Asked about the 13, Putin said: “Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship, or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt said: “President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country.” He added: “It is deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years.” Jewish Republican Senator Richard Blumen-

Putin, left, with Benjamin Netanyahu thal said Putin’s remarks were “repulsive” and “deserve to be denounced by world leaders”. He asked: “Why is Trump silent? Intolerance is intolerable.” The American Jewish Committee (AJC), the US partner organisation of the Board of Deputies, said Putin’s comments were “eerily reminiscent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, adding: “He should clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity.” The comments are particularly disconcerting because anti-Semitism is Russia goes back hundreds of years, with vicious pogroms in the early 20th century leading tens of thousands of Russian Jews to flee to Europe and America.

More consider Jerusalem move Two more Latin American nations may soon relocate their embassies to Jerusalem according to reports citing an Israeli diplomatic source. Honduras and Paraguay said they are both ready “in principle” to proceed on condition Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pays an official visit to their countries. The US said in December it was intending to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem later this year. Guatemala has said it will follow suit.

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn the US decision with 128 of the UN’s 193 members voting in favour of the resolution. Honduras was one of eight countries to vote with the

US against the motion, along with Guatemala, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Paraguay has expressed pro-Israeli sentiments on several occasions but abstained. Netanyahu made the first visit to Latin America by a sitting Israeli prime minister in September, but did not stop in Paraguay or Honduras. In Argentina, he met fomer Paraguay president Horacio Cartes, the first Paraguayan head of state to visit Israel.





Israel is the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with a tune inspired by the #MeToo movement. Netta Barzilai’s Toy shot to the top of betting charts this week with odds of 3-1 for victory, up from 20-1 before its release, ahead of the contest in May. The song, almost entirely in English, was written by Doron Medley and Stav Beger, and has been hailed by critics for its quirkiness.

The Trump administration is finishing its Middle East peace plan and intends to make it public soon, The New York Times reports. According to the report, the plan does not call for a two-state solution. The White House must now figure out how to present the plan so that it is not immediately rejected by the Palestinians, the newspaper reported, citing three unnamed senior administration officials.

A Polish senator for the ruling party said he would not shake hands with Israel’s ambassador and that he favours her expulsion from Poland for saying anti-Semitism was on the rise there. The senator, Jan Zaryn, criticised the Israeli envoy, Anna Azari, amid a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Poland over a Polish law that makes it a crime to blame Poland for Nazi crimes.




Jewish News 15 March 2018

Special Report / WJR Pesach appeal

A bold new vision to help Uk Stephen Oryszczuk joins a World Jewish Relief film crew in Ukraine to search for a face to front its latest Pesach appeal World Jewish Relief is looking for a star. Its crew – comprising videographer, photographer, marketing man, local coordinator, translator and communications director – is looking for an elderly Jew who will best front this year’s Pesach Appeal for eye-care in Ukraine. In their search for just the right face, I’ve tagged along for the ride. Who to choose? We meet and film Vladimir, Rimma, Anya, Viktor, Vyacheslav and others, all either in need of or in recent receipt of eye-care funded by the charity via Ukrainian partner Hesed. Usually it’s an operation for something like cataracts or glaucoma. The cameras seem to be settling on those who are more emotive, more able to describe the impact that restored sight has or will have. To the lens and to the UK audience, they are beckoned to tell their story. Bearing in mind they’re Jewish, some tell and tell and tell. Others keep their answers short and sweet. Some just keep their answers short. Among the latter, and seemingly dis-

missed by the WJR crowd, is my personal favourite: Zorya. I like her all the more because she is no good at describing her woes. There’s a reason for that. A little over four foot tall, Zorya nevertheless holds her head high. At 86, she shakes like a leaf and looks a bit like Yoda, with hands more vein than bone. The very image of brittle frailty, she lives in a tiny fourthfloor apartment with faded peeling wallpaper charred around the sockets, her main room bathed in tinged lighting that softens her face, itself a mass of deep lines careering over her features like a cartographer’s canyons. I’ve never met her, yet she seems familiar. I recognise Zorya as the epitome of an elderly Ukrainian generation I came to know and love during a year spent living here in 2012. Growing up in the USSR under Stalin and Khrushchev, their two unfailing attributes are personal pride and a wariness of others. Both are ingrained. Zorya is not an American day-time TV host, as the London-based WJR bods seem to want,

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and she does not pour out her angst all over her ageing carpet, or gush with gratitude for the help she received for her recent operation, which means she can now see again (although quietly and without dwelling, she does say “a thousand times thank you” to the camera, which I consider ‘gratitude with grace’). This is not a gushing people, nor a gushing generation. They are in many ways survivors, not just of the Nazis but of circumstance, of communism, of rationing and of suppression. Stoic and self-reliant, they are the last people in the world to ask for help, but among those most in need of it. They were poor even before the fighting in the east with Russianbacked rebels caused inflation to increase prices fivefold. Technically, healthcare in Ukraine is free, so why do they need the charity’s help? When I put this to the Hesed team in Kharkiv, 40 miles from the Russian border, working from the JDC Jewish community centre in this central industrial city, they sigh. Yes, it’s meant to be free, but this is Ukraine, where corruption is endemic and doctors are paid a pittance. “You’re told for free that you need an operation, then you’re asked: first, buy the doctors’ equipment; second, pay a mandatory ‘charitable donation’ to the clinic for your stay; third, pay another clinic for a medical investigation to determine what surgery is needed; fourth, pay the doctors, nurses and anaesthetists.” This is all “cash in an envelope”. When all is said and done, it costs almost as much to have “free” state healthcare as it does to go private. And there’s only one state hospital in Kharkiv with a good reputation for eyecare, so the waiting list is huge. “That’s why we use a private clinic... It’s better to pay once, officially, and get seen quickly.” Back to Zorya and her apartment. It’s the size of a Bishops Avenue broom cupboard, not

Zorya holding a precious photo

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kraine’s elderly Jews even big enough for eight people plus cameras. She asks a tall videographer to change one of three light bulbs before sitting down to answer questions, eyes now sharp as pins, her gaze once again as piercing as it should be. A once-active Hesed volunteer herself, she had the operation recently, after her eyesight reached -15, rendering her virtually blind. The interviewer checks his questions. She waits. “What’s your daily routine?” he asks, finally. “I wake up and call my grandchildren,” she says. “What couldn’t you do when you couldn’t see?” She thinks. “I couldn’t watch TV.” On we go. No, her renewed eyesight doesn’t mean she’ll be painting watercolours, but she will be able to read again. No, she wasn’t house-bound before the op, but she did have to stick to the paths she knew, and to daylight, and could get downstairs and over the road only with someone’s help. “Now I can see people across the street,” she says with a rare and fleeting smile. You can almost feel the collective exhalation and deflation of the WJR team who are looking for answers that will get people back home reaching for their wallets and giving. Zorya isn’t doing it. She’s relaying neither despair, misery and vulnerability at having next to no vision, nor is she describing how the gift of light at this time of year has renewed her faith in God and humanity and all things wondrous.

Others we see, like the effervescent Anya or poet Vladimir, who’s 73 but tells the women he’s only 72, are more personable, relatable and able to relay the difficulties of not being able to see. Zorya, by contrast, is not what you would call ‘charity appeal’ box-office. But to me she’s exactly why people should give, because she’s the most real. She could be anyone’s grandmother. On paper, someone saying they can’t watch telly hardly wrenches the heart, but if you’re 86 with no money, TV and reading are immense. If you have less, what you have means more. Just as recognising your neighbours from across the road is a big deal when you’re 86, because they’re often all you meet. Just as at 86 being able to see the world outside your window gives you a world outside your window. And as you venture outside, aged 86, not seeing where you’re going in this land

of pot-holes, high kerbs, bad lighting and worse drivers can mean more than broken bones. Zorya was never going to tell the film crew any of that. She was never going to say she felt nervous or vulnerable, or that she could never have afforded the 14,000 hrivna (about £370) operation because her monthly pension is only 1,500 hrivna (about £40 – average for Ukraine) and banks don’t loan people like her money. Pride and wariness of strangers, remember. Hesed says there are more than 100 other elderly Jews just like Zorya in urgent need of eye-care in Kharkiv, a city of 40,000 Jews. A standard operation, otherwise known as the gift of sight, costs about £370 per eye, before the cost of aftercare such as glasses. Back in Zorya’s apartment, the interview is over. Zorya looks pleased, but the WJR interviewer appears lacklustre at not having got the killer line, the crowning sentiment to which the charity can pin its Pesach campaign. As the cameras are packed, as people bid farewell and file out, Zorya asks the tall videographer to replace the bulb he put in earlier with the dimmer original, reducing the lighting still further. “It saves money,” she tells him, quietly. He doesn’t make a thing of it, but when he translates it afterwards, he’s visibly moved. The cameras have just missed the bit that would have made almost everyone give.  Editorial comment, page 18

Israeli eye drops ‘replace glasses’ Israeli scientists and clinicians appear to have come up with “revolutionary” eye-drops that can correct shortor long-sightedness and eliminate the need for glasses. The socalled ‘nano-drops’ have been developed by a team at Sha’are Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials. They have been shown to improve both short-sightedness (myopia) and long-sightedness (hyperopia) in tests on pigs, with plans to begin clinical testing on humans later this year. If the drops are found to improve human vision then the nano-drops solution could eliminate the need for glasses and “revolutionise ophthalmological and optometry treatment”. Prospective patients would use a smartphone app to scan their eyes, measure their refraction, create a laser pattern then apply a “laser corneal stamping” of an optical pattern onto the corneal surface of their eyes.



Jewish News 15 March 2018

News / Polish support / Debate row / ‘Racist’ dessert

Poles show Jewish solidarity Hundreds of Poles have gathered in Warsaw to express their solidarity with Jews who perished in the Holocaust, were expelled from Poland 50 years ago, or feel targeted by a new wave of anti-Semitism. Speakers at the demonstration last Sunday denounced the policies of the current Polish government, which have led to a dispute with Israel and sparked a wave of anti-Semitic rhetoric. They gathered at the Gdanski train station, the departure point for thousands of Poles of Jewish descent who were forced to leave the country in March 1968 by the

communist regime of the time. The rally was part of a larger initiative by Polish civic groups that also published an open letter describing the government policies as “radical and inappropriate”. Polish and Israeli officials have been meeting to speak about a diplomatic rift over a Polish law adopted last month that criminalises the blaming of Poland for the Holocaust. Israel, along with scholars from around the world, has criticised the law, fearing an attempt to prevent “freedom of research and expression”.

Morawiecki blamed the Soviet Union, which controlled Poland until the Soviet Union’s collapse, for fomenting anti-Semitism. Speaking ahead of the debate, Morawiecki said: “We often hear that March ’68 should be a reason for shame for Poland. For Poles who have fought for freedom, they should be a source of pride.”

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Jews in Russia’s Tatarstan region are objecting to a new ice cream called “Poor Jews”. The cone (right), announced last month by Slavitsa in Naberezhnye Chelny, 600 miles east of Moscow, is wrapped in an image of Israel’s flag. Leonid Shteinberg, a leader of

the Jewish community in Naberezhnye Chelny, called the name “racist” and demanded the halting of its production and sale, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The company says in a social media post: “Trying all this tastiness, it turns out he is not so ‘poor’.” [JTA]

An abandoned and dilapidated Jewish cemetery in the Slovakian village of Bátovce is being renewed for the country’s small remaining Jewish community. The cemetery had been reconstructed once, but has again fallen into disrepair. The latest maintenance push is the initiative of local villagers.


Shoah survivors in Israel are calling on Vienna to pay more in reparations on the eve of the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria. In 2001, the US Government and Jewish organisations agreed a $210 million fund. But now survivors are asking for more, saying $1.5billion was taken.


Israel’s supreme court has said an Orthodox woman accused of sexually abusing 74 children at a Jewish school in Melbourne must be kept in police custody. Campaigners were angry Malka Leifer, who fled to Israel and is wanted by Australian authorities, could be put under house arrest. An 83-yearold Holocaust survivor living in northern Israel has celebrated his barmitzvah. Hanoch Shachar was called to the bimah at Safed synagogue.


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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



A brighter vision for Ukraine’s Jews

In Ukraine, like here, eye surgery on a cataract can be done privately. There, a basic operation costs about £370, so not too dissimilar to here. However, the average pension in Ukraine is less than £40 per month, so in relative terms it’s astronomical. The sad reality is that the cost of seeing is too high for most elderly Ukrainian Jews. This is where charities such as World Jewish Relief come in, especially at times like this. This week we chronicle an optics programme for elderly Jews in the city of Kharkiv, and the charity’s corresponding Pesach appeal. Our reporter, who has family links to Ukraine, went there with WJR, seeing the work of its local partner Hesed and meeting the community. It’s thriving. Ukrainian Jews were once told to conceal their identity. Now, they embrace it. But there, like here, the population is ageing. Catering for the impact of ever-increasing years in a poor country hit most recently by war and runaway inflation is proving tough. Money is tight and people are reluctant to ask for help. One old lady, Rimma, came to the Jewish community centre recently in glasses that were 20 years old. Credit to the programme’s coordinators – nothing feels like charity. It simply feels like a big community chipping in to help each other. There are dementia classes, help for carers, home visits, even activity classes for Jewish children with physical and learning difficulties. On the day our reporter visited, dogs were being brought in for cuddles with a small group of blind children, while next door, 27 Jews aged between 60 and 91 were engaged in an aikido class. Downstairs, in the library, a smaller group meet to share both poetry and laughter. You can tell how active a community is by the centre’s noticeboards, and here they are stuffed full of up-to-date posters, notices, photos, reminders and thanks. There’s not a spare inch not fought for. If that’s a reflection of the health of Kharkiv’s Jewish population, all is well. Now we just need them to be able to see.


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WE ALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT reach hundreds of millions. I’m a former academic and irThe two policies listed religious Jew who has always above, however, are not only supported Israel verbally and, immoral in themselves, but on occasion, in print. provide ammunition to antiI was, therefore, shocked by Israel activists. your reports on 8 March, both Israel actually needs rather about Labour MPs’ membership more non-Jewish inhabitants, of the Facebook group Palesparticularly Africans, at least tine Live, but also Israel’s decisome of whom will doubtless sion to deport up to 30,000 African asylum seekers – some Vile: A Palestine Live image praise Israel’s democracy and its many other virtues. of whom you report have been in If we are to truly be a ‘light among the naIsrael for up to 13 years. tions’ we should condemn bad behaviour by I was also concerned by the country’s policy any Jews worldwide which, alas, is a common of destroying selected Palestinian homes in occurence, even if proportionally still quite the West Bank. small. Of course, Israel cannot accept an indefiArdon Lyon nite influx of asylum seekers, any more than NW3 can the UK, for the numbers would surely

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I refer to the recent statement by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks that he would not sit in the same room as Jeremy Corbyn (Jewish News, 8 March). In 1932, Winston Churchill came within 20 yards of Hitler at the Continental Hotel in Munich. A meeting was tentative-

ly arranged, but Hitler got cold feet and no meeting took place. Could the history of the 20th century have been any better if the two had met and talked, seven years before the war? I think not.

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What next? Lawful polygamy? The article by possible. Indeed, we Rabbi Neil Janes have seen increases on modern in same-sex relationmarriage ships, homosexuals, requires serious lesbians, transvestites introspection and transgenders, (Jewish News, which will inevitably 15 February). slow down the world The 10 Compopulation expanmandments have Brazil’s first Jewish lesbian sion and maybe even passed the test wedding was held last week diminish it. of time for sevNothing stands in eral millennia. To meddle with them the way now to tamper with the first now to satisfy a number of people nine laws, which also stood the test who wish to change the tenth one for of time. Having changed, biblical law their own purpose is contemptible. has been abandoned and can now be Considering that homosexuality dispensed with. was declared unlawful in this country The bonds, having less substance, until recently, for it now to be given will be more easily broken, adding a high social and lawful position is – considering all the disadvantages something that would have been involved – to the substantial number unheard of in previous generations. of singles. As the concept of marriage is The mind boggles at the thought. changed, there is no reason why Have we failed as progenitors in the polygamy, as well as other forms relationships with our children? of bonds such as group marriages, Hopefully other rabbis will add should not be allowed by law as well. their thoughts, before this modern Once marriage was not legally marriage overtakes us. based on complementary, genderFred Stern By email based roles, gay marriage seemed

UNCHANGING TORAH REVEALS THE TRUTH ON EVOLUTION Note to Daniel Stein: not all evolutionary scientists agree that Darwinian evolution has been the main driver for genetic change (Jewish News, 8 March). A 2010 article in New Scientist on the work of Woese/ Goldenfeld concluded that lateral gene transfer across different species of fauna was by far more important to the development of life since the formation of our planet than the vertical form. Daniel should also be aware there are vast gaps in our knowledge of science that are likely to lead to major revisions in all areas – today’s science is tomorrow’s junk. On the other hand, our written Torah has been with us unchanged for thousands of years and tells us Hashem created us and all we see. Julian Mann By email

TEACH KIDS CREATIONISM Last week there were more attempts to justify prohibiting real science in favour of low-quality, naturalistic paradigms force-fed to our children at state-funded schools. UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds says: “Creationism has no place in the science curriculum; you’re not going to get marks in your science GCSE talking about creationism.” Hmm... Consider Sir Isaac Newton: “When I look at the solar system, I see the Earth at the right distance

from the Sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.” Then there is Fraser Michaelson (Jewish News, 23 February), who said in his small rant creationists are “not [entitled] to their facts”. (What?) Creationism is high-quality, scientific research. The sooner it is back in the classrooms, as a viable theory of origins, the better.

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I shook the tree – look at the rotten apples that fell DAVID COLLIER



ast week I published a 290-page online report about anti-Semitism inside a secret Facebook group called Palestine Live. It is true that, as with my previous research into Palestine activist groups, the images that are shared are sickening, but in this case, this isn’t the most disturbing element of the study. The frightening aspect was the make-up and dynamic of the group. It consists of antiIsrael royalty. MPs, a sitting member of the House of Lords, journalists and leading representatives from most of the activist organisations. And underneath their feet, protected by this legitimate cover, all the elements that exist in the shadows were mingling together as one – Holocaust deniers, Rothschild conspiracy theorists and white supremacists. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had been a member and the party has opened

an inquiry into the anti-Semitism that was uncovered. They will no doubt look at the report, find a few horrific images, suspend a few members, and shout from the rooftops that the problem has been dealt with. Yet, this isn’t about a Holocaust denier supporting the Labour Party. The real issues here are all connected to the enablers and gatekeepers. Palestine Live has more than 3,000 members, it has existed for four years, the virtual footprint is massive, and yet it took a Jewish person who fights anti-Semitism by going undercover, to publish a story about it? Not a single anti-racist who entered the group saw it? Nobody thought that this level of anti-Jewish racism needs to be reported on? Not one? This is the scariest lesson I learnt, as I saw MPs exchange niceties with people who just happen to also share material that promotes The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. If we are not there to point it out, nobody notices anything. Ever. How many people who may themselves not be anti-Semitic are involved in this group?

THIS ISN’T ABOUT HOLOCAUST DENIERS SUPPORTING LABOUR; THE REAL ISSUES ARE CONNECTED TO THE ENABLERS AND GATEKEEPERS Imagine, for a moment, that the racist obsession of this group was not Jews, but another minority group. Thousands of disgraceful, racist posts all targeting one specific community. What normal person would ignore them or pretend it wasn’t really that serious? This blindness allows anti-Semitism to spread under a legitimate facade. These people allowing it are the enablers. There are also well-known members of

Palestine Live who have spent much of the past two years seeking public platforms to claim there is no anti-Semitism problem in the Labour Party, while all the time they were swimming in this anti-Semitic soup, making friends with anti-Semites and teaching them to say Zionist instead of Jew. These people are the gatekeepers. These are the two central issues. The ones who innocently do not see it, and the ones who, for ideological purposes, actively work to hide it and pretend it’s not there. It is this combination that presents the greatest threat, because when they become wed together, the result is that hardcore antiSemitism spreads in normal society, not just in the dark corners. It is a wasteful exercise to spend major resources hunting down a twisted anti-Semite. We need to shake the trees in which they live and see what falls out. That is what I did with my report. I shook a tree, and looked what fell out. And as almost nobody else is doing it, once again it is down to us to do it for ourselves. Go out and shake a tree.

Why anti-Semitism will only get worse in this climate DAVE RICH



alestine Live, a private Facebook group running since 2013, has around 3,000 members who use it to share news stories, organise events and network with likeminded people. You’ll have heard of some of its members, past and present: Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Jenny Tonge, Clive Lewis MP, and many of the leading activists in pro-Palestinian and antiIsrael campaigning in this country. So what, you might ask; this is what social media is used for nowadays, and there are plenty of Facebook groups for supporters of Israel too (although they aren’t usually secret). However, the reason why this particular Facebook group is in the news is because David Collier (my upstairs neighbour on this page), an independent blogger who devotes his time to cataloguing the wilder excesses of the anti-Israel movement, spent several weeks researching and analysing what goes on in the group, and the anti-Semitism he

found should worry everyone, whether they support Israel, Palestine, both, or neither. Collier’s research found many of the active members of the group – the ones who posted most frequently and who use the group for their offline activism – hold anti-Semitic views. They deny the Holocaust, or spread conspiracy theories about “Rothschild Zionism”, or claim that jihadist terrorist attacks in Europe are in fact ‘false flag’ operations by Zionists. Indeed, of the three ‘admins’ who run the group, one – the group’s founder – is a conspiracy theorist who shares material from Holocaust denial websites; a second identified himself as a ‘9/11 Truther’ and posted a Holocaust denial article that dismissed the “fictional account” of six million Jews dying in the Shoah, claiming instead that “somewhere between 100-150 thousand people perished in Auschwitz mainly as a result of disease and starvation”; while a third posted an article in the group titled “Israel Control of USA Government” that quoted approvingly from Mein Kampf. This doesn’t mean that most of the members of this group are anti-Semitic, any more than most people who sympathise with the Pales-

tinians are anti-Semitic. But what it does confirm is the long-held suspicion that some anti-Semites use anti-Israel activism as a socially-acceptable outlet for their anti-Jewish prejudice; and that this includes some of this country’s leading anti-Israel activists. It also supports the findings of Britain’s largest-ever survey of anti-Jewish and antiIsrael attitudes, published last year by the Community Security Trust and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, which found that the more anti-Israel a person is, the more likely they are to also hold anti-Jewish attitudes. And because the most active members of this Facebook group also tend to be the more anti-Semitic ones, their views set the tone for the group as a whole.

Meanwhile, other members of the group, including several Jewish anti-Zionists, rarely object to the anti-Semitism posted there. Instead, they get on with using it to organise their activities and encourage their comrades. This is how a political culture becomes antiSemitic, even if most people in that world are not, themselves, anti-Semites. Needless to say, many of the group’s members support Jeremy Corbyn and have joined the Labour Party since he became leader. Corbyn has responded, as he always does, by saying he condemns anti-Semitism. But until he understands that the political culture of which he is a leader fosters the very anti-Semitism he claims to condemn, this problem will only get worse.


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Marathon effort sparks memories of Jerusalem RABBI JONATHAN WITTENBERG



unning the Jerusalem Marathon last Friday was a wonderful experience. “What?” several friends exclaimed. “You’re 60, you’ve never done a full marathon, and you choose Jerusalem?” It’s true; the route isn’t exactly flat. It’s considered a tough run, with an ascent of around 600 metres. But it’s stunning, and nowhere in the world is there more history at every corner. The atmosphere is marvellous. There are musicians, clowns on stilts, and runners from round the world. Families, children, shoppers, everyone has an encouraging word. “Keep going, kol hakavod!” Two thirds of the way along, I passed a group pushing a man in a wheelchair; uphill, downhill, together they ensured their friend would participate in every one of the 26 miles. It was a cold day, thank goodness, and there was often a strong headwind. But I knew

I had an even stronger wind behind me; the generous, loving support of my community, family and friends. I ran for the Israel Guide Dog Centre. The day before the race, I chanced on a puppy wearing a blue waistcoat stating that he was out for training with his walker. She explained: “When my father’s friend became blind, his guide dog gave him back his life. Since then, our whole family’s been involved.” I’m a patron of the British Friends. The organisation depends almost entirely on donations. So far, I’ve raised almost £7,000 and hope


to make it up to £10,000. There’s a new sponsora-puppy scheme, an ideal bnei-mitzvah project. Everyone’s invited to visit the centre in Israel. I can’t say the miles flew by. My legs did feel tired. Associations kept me going – the climb to Mount Scopus, past where my father’s uncle was killed in the ill-fated convoy in 1948. The loop round the Hebrew University, where my mother once taught; the ascent up the now disused railway that had brought my grandfather to the city in 1932. In Jerusalem, there’s nowhere without memory. I don’t entirely know why it mattered so much to me to make this marathon. Last year I’d been injured and had weeks when it hurt even to walk. I had great coaches, including a fabulous physio and ChiRunning trainer. I ran for my late friend David Cesarani. “You have to run a marathon,” he insisted. “I can’t, it’s beyond me,” I said. A week later, he died, suddenly, long before his time, and that became our final conversation. I ran, too, in memory of my father. He never asked me to do it and wasn’t himself a runner. But it was for the love of him. The last mile was special. My son Mossy, who’d completed his marathon in three hours

Rabbi Wittenberg at the 23-mile mark

and 28 minutes, had come back to wait for me. “Abba!” I heard him call out, as he joined me for the final 100 metres. I’ll never forget crossing that line at four hours and 32 minutes, with him next to me. “I’ll never do that again,” I thought, but only for a few minutes. Now I can’t wait to do it again.  To sponsor Rabbi Wittenberg go to virginmoneygiving.com/Jonathan Wittenberg



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Why this royal visit will be different from others ALEX BRUMMER



hen Prince William’s intended visit to Israel and Palestine was announced, one of my colleagues with a profound knowledge of the Middle East was apoplectic. From a military family, he found it difficult to reconcile the idea of the second in line to the throne visiting Jerusalem, where 91 British soldiers were killed by a terrorist attack on the King David Hotel in 1946. The realpolitik is that the royals in their diplomatic guise are required to toe the line. The Queen, in a gesture of reconciliation, became the first reigning monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland in 2011. In so doing, she had to put aside lingering family memories of Lord Mountbatten of Burma being blown up by the IRA in 1979. As difficult as memories of the King David may be, cruelty and violence have never been a bar to royal activity.

In the Arab Spring, citizens were mown down in Bahrain but its leader recently took tea with the Queen in Windsor. There have been brutalities by Saudi Arabia in Yemen as it seeks to neutralise radical Shia-backed Houthi rebels from the north and terrible civilian casualties as a result of bombings by British-supplied arms to Saudi Arabia, though there is no escaping the fact the Houthi are allied to other radical groups across the Middle East and are violently anti-Israel in rhetoric and symbols. We live in a post-colonial age. In this context, the royal family is no longer the ultimate symbol of British military power, although that lingers at ceremonial occasions. Instead, it has become a tool of diplomacy. In the post-referendum age, reaching out to trading partners is key. There was no mistaking the purpose of the red carpet for Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s UK visit. As he embarks on a plan of economic and social modernisation, Britain is keen to help the Saudis to spend and invest their money.


Theresa May even has a special envoy to the prince in the shape of veteran investment banker Ken Cost, seeking to persuade the Saudis to swallow reservations about transparency and bring the $2trillion float of the Saudi oil company to the London market. More immediately, Salman’s visit secured a memorandum of understanding on the next purchase by Saudi Arabia of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets assembled by British Aerospace. Nothing so dramatic is on the cards with

Israel. But attendees at the recent Israel Britain Business dinner could have been mistaken about the underlying messages. Israel’s Ambassador to the Court of St James Mark Regev extolled the trading relationship, noting that commerce between the two countries rose 25pc in 2017. Among the FTSE100 companies, relations with Israel have never been better, irrespective of boycott activities. A growing number of UK firms look towards Israel for better cyber security. Even BAE Systems, Britain’s leading defence company, now has R&D facilities inside Israel. The spiritual home of the gaming industries and the City’s spread betting companies also is in Israel. Previous royal visits to Israel such as Prince Philip’s to Yad Vashem to honour his mother and the Prince of Wales’ attendance at Shimon Peres’ funeral have been personal or specific. Prince William’s is different. It recognises an important commercial relationship. The world is turning.

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Chazak launched its newest endeavour, The Mashalla Fair, aimed at uplifting and enriching the Sephardi community in London. Simon, Sophie, Zachary and Olivier Mordecai (pictured, main, and Emily Davis, inset) were among those who enjoyed camel and magic carpet rides, family portraits in traditional Moroccan attire, chilli-eating challenges and Mother’s Day massages. Chazak’s Rabbi Yitsy David said: “We’re a fully committed team of people who are passionate about continuing to enrich the Sephardi community and beyond, with a full host of programmes for all levels and stages.”

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Beit Halochem UK held its Elsa Boutique Fashion Show at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue to raise funds for the four Beit Halochem centres in Israel. Nearly 70 children from northwest London schools took part in the show, which featured dresses from Elsa Boutique in Muswell Hill. Einat Malka, who served as a combat instructor in the IDF, was flown over to model Elsa Boutique’s womenswear collection. She said: “I’m so happy to be here with you tonight and am grateful to all of you for the support you continue to give the incredible organisation, Beit Halochem.”

Twenty-five mothers and their 26 daughters enjoyed a five-day stay in Israel for Seed’s LINKS batmitzvah getaway. Organised by Rebbetzin Joanne Dove, the trip was run with the aim of deepening the girls’ connection with Judaism and Israel as they reach their own milestone. Holocaust survivor Leah Kaufman was among the speakers. Rebbetzin Dove said: “We hope these trips and the varied activities, locations and speakers will help these mums and girls to want to grow in their Jewish learning and be proud members of the Jewish community.”

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Nicola Mendelsohn CBE led a panel of executives from four of the world’s most recognisable brands – Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Google – in a discussion on the role technology platforms play in shaping media and society, at Norwood’s Business Breakfast event. Attended by 230 guests, who helped raise more than £100,000 for the charity’s services, the wide-ranging discussion included insights on the role social media has played in the rise of populism, and ways for both businesses and individuals to embrace the many changes driven by technology today.






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ORT UK’s bar/batmitzvah twinning group, comprising nine children and their families from Muswell Hill Synagogue, together with Rabbi David Mason, World ORT’s Shoshana Kandel and programme facilitator Frankie Stubbs enjoyed a journey to Ukraine’s capital Kiev. Visiting historical and cultural landmarks, as well as Simha, the Jewish State Educational Complex, Rabbi Mason said: “The trip brought together Jewish children from different cultures and gave our children and families a taste of what Jewish life is in Kiev, way outside our north London ‘bubble’.”


US Women welcomed 250 guests to their annual dinner at St John’s Wood United Synagogue. In memory of Joy Conway, an inspirational community leader who became the first woman to sit at the US trustee table, the evening’s guest speaker was Claire Lomas MBE. US Women co-chair, Jacqui Zinkin (pictured), said: “The dinner marked a significant change in the influence held by women within the US. It’s fitting that on International Women’s Day our members came together to celebrate our continued contribution to our community.”




Art in Residence, a longterm collaboration between Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, Nightingale House and The University of West London, opened with an exhibition of highlights from the Ben Uri

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Young Jewish professionals heard BICOM CEO James Sorene speak at a B’nai B’rith dinner about the latest developments in the Middle East and implications for Israel. BBUK’s Valerie Tesler spoke about the projects the organisation was supporting and its programme for underprivileged children in Kiryat Gat, Israel.


Four generations of the Hughes family, together with congregants and visitors came together to bless baby Charlotte at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue. Led by resident Rabbi Richard Jacobi, synagogue volunteer Merle Muswell said: “It’s such a warm and loving atmosphere having so many people at the synagogue to share this special day.”


Members of the Belmont Bridge Club enjoyed one of its monthly games. The synagogue’s Sharon Laifer said: “This thriving club has been meeting for four years and has around 20 regular players and visitors each month.”


Adrian Jacobs ran his fourth Jerusalem marathon, raising nearly £8,000 for Kisharon. He said: “It was another fantastic experience in perfect conditions.”

Chana Kaye, Gaby Steele and Alisa Galittzer, all of whom were born and brought up in London and made aliyah, ran for Israel Cancer Association.

collection. The works will tour Nightingale, while Ben Uri’s learning and wellbeing officer Emma Hollamby, supported by Nightingale’s activities engagement team, will run workshops with residents, exploring the impacts of practical art making and art discussion on wellbeing.

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor from Gibraltar, took part in the race, along with her daughter Moriah.

Director of Communications at World Mizrachi, Jonny Lipczer (left), along with his brother Aron, ran the 10k race for Bnei Akiva.

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP was guest of honour at the Community Security Trust (CST)’s annual dinner in central London, where she pledged to renew the £13.4million in annual security funding for the Jewish community. The MP for Hastings and Rye said the government would “continue to protect and celebrate the UK’s Jewish community” while confirming the money for 2018/19 to synagogues, schools and communal buildings. She acknowledged the CST’s work in managing the security funding across the community, sharing expertise about extremism, and working with groups such as Tell MAMA to help protect other faith communities. CST chair Gerald Ronson said Rudd “typifies this government’s strong practical and moral support for British Jews at a time of rising anti-Semitism and extremism”. He said the all-time high number of antiSemitic incidents in the UK was “because people are angry, alienated, frustrated, and looking for scapegoats”.

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Cheers and tears at ZF gala dinner

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More than 300 people attended the Zionist Federation’s annual gala dinner on Sunday. The event featured a group of Druze speakers from Beit Shaan in Israel, who talked about their experiences as a minority group within a Jewish state. One, Afif Satawi, recently lost his son, Hail, in a Palestinian terror attack. Keynote speaker Israeli politican Gideon Sa’ar, tipped as a future prime minster, who was interviewed by Sky News’ Sandy Rashty. The night also included a moving speech by new chair Estelle Gilston, who paid tribute to her predecessor Eric Moonman, who passed away in December. His widow, Gillian, was presented with a picture of the couple with Shimon Peres. Chairman Paul Charney also addressed the event.

Seed dinner plants hope for the future One of American Jewry’s most influential leaders was the keynote speaker at Seed’s biennial Gala Dinner at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on Sunday night, where more than 500 guests raised half a million pounds for the charity. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has advised successive US presidents on issues of interest to the Jewish community since the 1970s, and was able to draw on his experience as he described the “state of flux” in the Middle East currently. Seed director Rabbi Joey Grunfeld said Hoenlein’s “mixture of humour and insights were so important for us all to hear”.

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Lives shattered and made invisible by Kristallnacht Francine Wolfisz speaks to Disobedience actress Clara Francis about her role in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, 80 years on from the Nazi pogrom

Clara Francis plays Harriet, the sister of the lead character, Sylvia Gellburg, in a revival of Broken Glass


e may have said ‘never again’ after the Holocaust, but we live in such uncertain times it really could,” observes Clara Francis. The seasoned actress, who stars alongside Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in the hotly-anticipated drama, Disobedience, released later this year, is in a reflective mood as we speak about her latest role on stage. She is currently treading the boards at Watford Palace Theatre in a revival performance of Arthur Miller’s play, Broken Glass, which coincides with the 80th anniversary year since the events that inspired it.

Set in New York in 1938, the play, directed by Richard Beecham, revolves around Phillip (Michael Matus) and Sylvia Gellburg (played by Amy Marston), who are living increasingly separate lives. Phillip is obsessed with getting ahead in a real estate company, where he is the only Jew. Meanwhile, his wife becomes increasingly disturbed by news of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass”, in which the Nazis destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses, smashing windows and burning synagogues in one night. Despite verbalising her fears to her husband, Sylvia finds herself disregarded, including by her sister, Harriet

(Francis) and becomes physically ill. She suddenly becomes paralysed and in an attempt to find a cure, Phillip takes her to Dr Harry Hyman (Michael Higgs), whose “talking cure” has unexpected consequences. For the 46-year-old actress, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the role is all the more pertinent given that her own family was caught up in the terrifying events of Kristallnacht. “My great-grandfather, Heinrich Stern, owned a large store in the centre of Offenbach, near Frankfurt. On Kristallnacht, the Nazis burnt his shop, broke all the windows and arrested my grandfather, Hans. He

was sent to Buchenwald and, shortly after, Heinrich had a heart attack and died. “Hans managed to eventually leave the camp, and Germany, but he didn’t leave until the very last minute before war broke out. He was very lucky.” While Francis admits feeling “Kristallnacht is in my DNA”, for her latest role as Harriet, she feels “strangely detached” from the events of 9 November 1938, given her character’s indifferent attitude towards what is happening in Germany. “Her mindset is completely opposite to her sister’s,” explains Francis. “Sylvia is consumed by everything she has read in the papers, but Harriet doesn’t feel that emotional connection to Germany. “It was the Depression, and she, like many others, is worried about making a living and providing for her children. Why would she have time to worry about what was happening on the other side of the world?” Sylvia’s husband Phillip shows a similar lack of concern. “He’s a self-hating Jew, who wants to be seen as American, rather than Jewish-American. He feels ashamed about his otherness and is proud he’s the only Jewish person in the company where he works. He even encourages his son to join the army, because that’s not something Jewish people would do. He is fighting his Jewishness, whereas Sylvia is becoming increasingly connected.” The Camden-based actress has previously starred in other productions of Miller’s work, including A View From The Bridge and The

Crucible – and even met the prolific playwright during the early days of her career. “While at drama school, I worked as a dresser for The Last Yankee at the Young Vic,” recalls Francis. “There, I was in the dressing room, scrabbling around to pick up the dirty laundry and in walked Arthur Miller. I think I got a bit tongue-tied, but he was very sweet and charismatic.” During the time of writing Broken Glass in 1994, Miller was motivated to comment on the genocidal atrocities in Rwanda and Bosnia, a ghostly echo of mass murder 50 years after the Holocaust and promises of “never again”. During an interview at the time, Miller said: “Suddenly we were witness to the unimaginable. Daily the media were broadcasting the killings and executions right into our homes.” Broken Glass, which won the Olivier Award for best new play in 1995, is just as relevant more than two decades after it was first written, argues Francis. “The themes are timeless. Look at what’s going on in Syria – terrible things are happening every day, but it’s not on the front page of the newspaper because people are not connecting. They don’t want to know. “That’s really what the play questions, whether or not we should be engaged. Even though it’s set in 1930s New York, you could place it anywhere, at any time.”  Broken Glass runs at Watford Palace Theatre until 24 March. Details: watfordpalacetheatre. co.uk



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Lifestyle / Jewish News meets... Simon Schama

Simon focuses on the bigger picture

Francine Wolfisz speaks to Simon Schama about his compelling TV series Civilisations, delving into mankind’s relationship with art


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aking great care to cut out star shapes for her paper collage, 12-year-old Helena Mandlova had in her mind to create a fantasy landscape of the night sky. But for all its charm and naivety, the dream-like picture belies the terrible truth that Helena, like 15,000 other children, was a victim of Nazi persecution and a prisoner in the overcrowded, disease-ridden barracks of Theresienstadt. Her only escape from this oppressive reality was the time she spent learning to draw with fellow inmate and artist Friedl Dickel Brandeis – art that was ironically made from the bureaucratic forms used by the Nazis to record deportations and mass murder. Historian Simon Schama first saw Helena’s artwork, which forms part of the 4,387 children’s drawings preserved by Dickel Brandeis at Theresienstadt and now on display at the Jewish Museum in Prague, more than 50 years ago – and says he “never forgot” the impact that collection made on him. “If you are going to talk about the possibility of what can be done in the face of the disappearance of civilisation, there is nothing more heart-breaking, poignant and beautiful than those paintings.” Indeed, the artwork at Theresiendstadt is in many ways a fitting starting point to our conversation about Civilisations, the new epic BBC series sweeping over thousands of years of mankind’s relationship with art, fronted by Schama, alongside Mary Beard and David Olusoga. The nine-part series, which takes in six continents and 31 countries, was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s

Down to a fine art: Simon Schama at the iconic stone carved temple in Petra, Jordan

ground-breaking documentary series made in 1969 and aspires to be “globally panoramic”. The 73-year-old academic, who teaches history and art history at Columbia University, describes the original series as “extraordinary”. “I admired Civilisation for what it did for television. It famously used colour for something other than the royals, outside broadcasts and football. It stopped television in its tracks. The camera drank in works of art and that was a wonderful thing.” The new series is certainly ambitious in its attempts to cover a wider geographic area and span many more

Helena Mandlova’s paper collage, which the 12-year-old created in Theresienstadt

centuries, but so too is it more inclusive of differing opinions. “It’s very good that there’s not one sovereign voice,” says Schama of his co-presenters. “We each have our own particular working methods and we don’t always agree – but we agree to disagree! “I think of the three of us, I’m probably the one that thinks art is itself capable of constructing culture, that it has this irreducible power that you don’t find in anything else.” In the first episode, Schama goes back to the very beginning, when the first known marks were made by humans in South African caves, 80,000 years ago. He explains: “Homo sapiens had been around for a couple of hundred thousand years and then suddenly does things that are designs, that have no functional purpose whatsoever. They catered to that other part of our brain, to what makes us human beings.” From Stone Age carvings and paintings of bison and bulls, to precious antiquities crafted by the Minoans and Mayans, Schama reveals the uniquely creative – but

ished Israeli and Palestinian houses. Known as “makom”, meaning “place” in Hebrew, Schama describes her work as “very beautiful and moving” and reveals that he would love to bring the installation, which has previously been displayed in New York and Paris, to the Royal Academy in London. Schama speaks animatedly and with huge passion about his favourite subject, prompting me to ask where his love for art stems from. “My parents took me to museums quite early on,” he recalls. “I remember, aged seven, seeing an incredible self-portrait by Rembrandt of when he was an old man and finding it very moving. “I probably don’t have a deep answer, but I’ve always been amazed how some historians see art as just an illustrative document, while for others it is really something that makes the world the way it is. I’ve always thought the latter.” He adds: “For me, great art has a physically visceral impact. During filming in Moscow, I came across Picasso’s cubist portrait of Ambroise Vollard. I had seen it 20 years ago, but was still thunderstruck by how moving and extraordinary it was. “The cubist portrait was all broken up and fractured, but somehow the power of the person being depicted still came rolling through in a way that words could not have conveyed.” As for the future, Schama believes “we are living in a great age for art” and is certain that mankind’s creative impulse will long continue. “Ever since we did hand stencils inside the cave, all the makings of the visual, creative imagination arrived – and they still haven’t gone.”  Civilisations continues 15 March (tonight), 9pm on BBC2

also conversely at times, destructive – nature of mankind. Other episodes in the series include the depiction of nature, which takes Schama on a journey from 10th-century China, where he looks at the scrolls of the Song dynasty, to the country villas of the Renaissance and the dramatic expanse of the American landscape, as well as an episode about the importance of colour. The final episode of the series, which begins and ends with the artwork from Theresienstadt, was for Schama the most personally fulfilling, albeit “very, very intense” to work on. He tells me: “Looking at those paintings again after 50 years was tough and at times it was hard to hold it together.” The film also includes an interview with modern Israeli artist Michal Rovner, who has created a series of installations made from the stones of demolWith co-presenters David Olusoga and Mary Beard

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What does the Torah say about... The Russian spy attack?

BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF The days are getting longer, trees are blossoming and birds chirping. The season of renewal is upon us. This Shabbat we add the extra passage of Parshat HaChodesh, formally ushering in the month of Nissan, starting with the words, hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chodashim, this month is for you the head of the year. The Jewish calendar is unique in that it is not purely lunar, like the Muslim calendar, nor is it purely solar like the Gregorian calendar; rather it is a combination of both. Our months are defined by the cycle of the moon, with the word for month, chodesh, being derived from the word chadash, new. This is qualified by ensuring it remains in sync with the solar cycle, so that the month of Nissan always remains in the spring. The tension between these two cycles is obvious. The sun remains static while the moon moves in cycles of growth and regression. In life, we have a constant tension between the need for consistency and spontaneity. We humans are creatures of habit;

we thrive on the familiar, but at the same time, familiarity can breed contempt, or at the very least boredom or resentment. We therefore need to inject our lives, relationships and experiences with a sense of chiddush, renewal, in order that we remain fresh and vibrant. Pesach is a time when we re-engage with the familiar, after an intense period of preparation. We sit down with family and friends and reconnect with our national memory, recommitting to our individual and collective destiny. We enjoy the familiar tastes and tunes and discuss our history with a view to applying its lessons to our lives. The way to keep this season fresh and exciting is to proactively use the next couple of weeks to develop and apply new and relevant insights, thereby injecting the familiar with a sense of chiddush renewal. Good luck and good chodesh!

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are critically ill after being poisoned by a military grade nerve agent. Prime Minister Theresa May has concluded it is highly likely this was a statesponsored assassination attempt by Russia. So, what does the Torah say about this? The Bible has its share of political assassinations, double agents and poisoning, although not all rolled into one event. When Ehud, the son of Gera, asked for a private audience with the King of Moab, he had the King’s absolute confidence and used it to fatally knife him. Ehud saw their closely-related Moabite cousins as enemies ready to sell out the Israelites, as they had done when entering Canaan. Assassination of this kind was deemed justifiable, as it was an attack on the security of the Israelites, and Ehud ruled the confederacy of Israelite tribes for 80 years after his act of vengeance.

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Before King David died, he instructed his son Solomon to find the means to kill Joab, whom he viewed as a double agent. Despite a life in service to David, Joab turned coat and supported Adonijah in his rebellion against his father. Poisoned food appears in the pot of the prophets under Elisha’s

guidance, at a time when unitarian worship was forbidden in the Israelite kingdom by Jezebel, for whom the Prophets of God were traitors. It is possible that the starving prophets might have died of mass poisoning, and the Israelite monotheist cult obliterated, were it not for Elisha’s miracle cure for the pottage. It appears the Skripals could lose their lives to their defiance of the current regime in Russia. However, the crossing of borders to poison unfaithful citizens abroad, causing the death and injury of others, crosses a red line.  Ariel Abel is rabbi of Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and will this week be inducted by the Chief Rabbi at Bevis Marks as a chaplain to HM Forces. Mazeltov!


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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

Jephthah murders his own daughter RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER If you are looking for a Biblical role model, maybe avoid Jephthah in the Book of Judges. Seeking victory in battle against the Ammonites with God’s help, he decided to make a vow. If God gave him victory, whoever came out to meet him on his return home would be sacrificed as a burnt offering. Returning victorious, it was his daughter – his only child – who met him. Jephthah blames his daughter, saying it is her fault and she has brought grief to him by being the first to greet him. She is given two months, but Jephthah ends up carrying through his vow. Jephthah was reckless, selfish and ultimately murdered his own daughter. But it all started with a vow. Jephthah failed to realise the enormous power of words and that making a promise is not something to do lightly. Judaism has long encouraged us to avoid making vows, and of course we have a significant ceremony to

renounce vows and promises at Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur. When we make a promise, we don’t always understand what we are committing ourselves to. Our promises may not have murderous consequences, but they can still when we make them without really thinking cause great pain to ourselves and others. We only need to look around us in the world to see the damage done by rash promises, whether they tear down trust in our political systems when they are not seen to be kept or set fear upon vulnerable people in the expectation that they might. Our words are powerful and we must deploy them with the greatest of care. There is only one vow I think of making after reading Jephthah’s tale – I vow not to make vows. Better to promise little and simply do our best for the world around us.  Laura Janner-Klausner is senior rabbi to Reform Judaism

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BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY My son was born by emergency C-section. The last thing I remember before being put to sleep was they could not find a heartbeat. Wonderfully, he came into the world unscathed by his traumatic birth, healthy and happy. Then his seventh night came around and, as I sat in the dark feeding him, I struggled that the next day I’d contemplate subjecting him to brit milah. When the mohel, the truly wonderful Dr Howard Cohen, came to our house, he was subjected to all my angst – I was every bit the worried mother and my rabbinical experience went out of the window. Howard had seen it all before and allayed my nerves. Anaesthetic and breastfeeding my boy as the prayers were said were but two of the Progressive innovations that made the ceremony one of the most meaningful and spiritual moments of my life.

As a Liberal rabbi, I am clear parents need to be supported in making autonomous choices. I have a responsibility to hear their concerns and discuss their options. I want to create meaningful rituals recognising the joy and thanks of a child being born, that equally notes the blessing we give to a child being given a name and when we provide the first step into the covenant of Judaism. That said, I also firmly believe we

as a Jewish community should speak up for the ritual of circumcision and its part in our Jewish lives. As a communal rabbi, I have spoken to many couples who worry before the ceremony. My experience and that of colleagues is we hear only wonderful stories of how important the moment was for the family. It is also rare to hear teenage boys or adult men say they regret being circumcised – rather the opposite. I would never try to pressurise a family to circumcise a son, but I think 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.  Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships. For more on Progressive Jewish circumcision visit mohel-circumcision.co.uk

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Pinner Synagogue Welfare Coordinator – Pinner Care Fantastic Opportunity to be the Fundraiser for Chana Chana supports couples in the Jewish community who may feel isolated and need medical information and support to help them deal with the challenge of infertility.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to raise the funds to meet this increasing demand on our services. You will need to be experienced and hungry to raise money for Chana and have a successful track record, building and nurturing relationships in a fundraising or sales environment. The successful candidate will be able to generate funds from a variety of donor levels and establish and nurture relationships and income streams with major donors. Competitive salary based on experience.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to: recruitment@chana.org.uk Closing date for applications is Monday 9th April 2018 Interviews will be held the week of 16th April 2018 For more information, call Hayley on 020 8203 8455. www.chana.org.uk

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This is the individual thethe governing body, staffof and pupils Successful are seekingapplicants to appoint safety and welfare children. willasbeHeadteacher subject to for our ‘Ofsted Outstanding’, popular, two form entry United Synagogue primary school, set in a enhanced CRB checks beautiful location. Applications close on Monday 29th September at 12 noon. Shortlisting 30th September. Interviews: Wednesday 1st October.

offer: Friday 3rd October. We aim to combine academic strength withJob diverse enrichment opportunities, whose very foundation is based on tradition, respect, excellence and inclusion. Your vision will enable you to Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. lead by example in developing theFor school, whilst building on its solid foundations and strengths, further information please call 01923 855857 and doing so in a warm and nurturing environment, in which our pupils can thrive.

We offer: • Happy and motivated children who enjoy coming to school • Committed and aspirational teachers who have high expectations for all children • Strong links with parents and the local community • A supportive governing body • Excellent facilities and extensive outdoor space Our new Headteacher will be: • A person with the best interests of the children at the heart of all their decisions • An experienced senior leader with a proven track record of school improvement and raising standards • Innovative and dedicated • Able to demonstrate excellent leadership and organisational skills • An excellent communicator who understands the importance of positive relationships, can empower staff and pupils and who can show great empathy • Committed to upholding our school’s values and ethos We would love to show you around our school. To arrange a visit with a governor and pupil guides, or to request an application pack, please contact the school office on 01923 855857 or email recruitment@hjps.herts.sch.uk. To find out more about the school, please visit our website www.hjps.herts.sch.uk Closing Date: Wednesday 11th April 2018 Interviews: Friday 27th April 2018 HJPS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants are subject to a full DBS check.

£11,700 per annum, circa 15 hours per week, with some flexibility We are looking for someone to oversee the welfare needs of all Pinner members by providing practical and emotional support to those who require it and by encouraging members to volunteer their services. The main duties will include: • Being the first point of contact for telephone, email and face to face enquiries relating to Pinner Care. • To proactively identify, assess and prioritise the care and welfare needs in the Pinner community. • To recruit, train, support and supervise teams of Pinner Care volunteers able to respond to community requirements. • To develop and implement Pinner Care programmes and projects relevant to the identified needs. The successful person will have proven ability to work with vulnerable people of all ages and abilities, ensure confidentiality is kept at all times, have good time management and effective customer care skills, be self-motivated and adaptable. The post holder must be able to work unsupervised, work their own initiative, and deliver project results under pressure within deadlines and objectives. Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) are essential as well as strong computer skills.

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Zac on the attack for table-topping Hendon MGBSFL Hendon returned to the top of the Premier Division table as a hat-trick from Zac Lewis helped it to a 6-4 win at Redbridge A. Dovi Fehler, Moses Seitler and Ari Last were also on target, with player-manager Greg Corin saying: “It was a very important win for us in our pursuit for the league title. We take it game by game and now can’t wait to face Oakwood on Sunday in a real six-pointer.” Raiders B moved a step closer to securing promotion into the Premier Division as two goals from Jake Gilbert helped it to a 5-2 win at Redbridge C. Elliot Espinoza, Ben Cherkas and Josh Green also found the back of the net. Bayern Mincha maintained top spot in Division Two as Sam Leader’s double saw it

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