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‘Stop keeping shtum’ Chief Rabbi attacks Muslim silence on anti-Semitism

The Chief Rabbi this week criticised the silence of Muslim leaders in the fight against rising anti-Semitism, writes Jack Mendel. Speaking at the Sixth Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem, Ephraim Mirvis (pictured) hailed the “many outstanding friends” who were ready to “stand up and be counted”, but complained they were the “exception to the rule”. He added: “The truth is that our journey is a frustrating one. The rule is today that around the world, Muslim faith leaders are keeping shtum (on anti-Semitism).” He vented frustration that too often

Muslim leaders had had “cold feet” before meetings with Jewish representatives, saying: “Time and again when I have established efforts to engage at the highest level – together with global Muslim clerics – at the last moment they have pulled out.” He said some Muslim leaders even refuse to be photographed with Jewish religious figures. However, Mirvis added: “Since the conclusion of the Shoah, Jewish and Christian circles have worked hard to improve our relationships and made

great strides.” Urging leaders of all faiths to meet with him to discuss tackling the scourge, he said, “let’s speak behind closed doors” if needs be. “The threat to Judaism and Jews from the world of Islam is one which can only be cured from within the world of Islam. And the leaders of Islam have to take a stand.” Mirvis praised the response to antiSemitism of successive UK governments who

“have always seen anti-Semitism not merely as a threat to the Jewish community, but rather a threat to all of our society. As a result the fight against anti-Semitism has always been led from the prime minister down”. He praised Sir Eric Pickles, the UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, who was in the room, saying his position is a “reflection of the seriousness we take anti-Semitism as a whole”. During his trip to Israel, Chief Rabbi Mirvis met with the country’s President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.  Editorial comment, page 20

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Labour MP ‘privileged’ to appear alongside Walker Lynching, before Williamson addressed the audience. The Derby North MP said it was a “real pleasure and a privilege” to be sharing a platform with Walker, adding he would be “absolutely delighted” were Jackie let back in to the party. The Labour MP continued, to rapturous applause, to condemn Labour’s action on claims of anti-Semitism against, and including, Walker and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who was suspended after claiming Hitler had “supported Zionism”. He said: “We’ve got these

Community leaders have called for action against Labour MP Chris Williamson after he shared a platform with suspended activist Jackie Walker. The politician spoke at a Momentum-organised event in Peterborough on Saturday, despite local MP Fiona Onasanya pulling out last week, citing “concerns” over the speakers. Walker was suspended by Labour over alleged antiSemitic comments made on Facebook in 2016, and dropped as Momentum vice chair. She performed her show, The

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ridiculous suspensions and expulsions from the party... in the most grotesque and unfair way. Jackie is one, and Ken Livingstone is yet another.” Williamson also asked “why no action was taken against John Mann when he verbally abused and physically harassed [Livingstone] in the most intimidating way in front of a TV camera crew”. Ivor Caplin of the Jewish Labour Movement said: “We

asked [Williamson] to stop marginalising Jewish party members’ experiences of antiSemitism and get with the vast majority of the Labour movement who want to challenge anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination. He apologised. “It seems ... [he] is deliberately saying things he knows are going to be hurtful. If he can’t stop, he needs to go.” Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said: “We

called for him to be sacked last year from the shadow cabinet over outrageous comments labelling claims of anti-Semitism in Labour ‘a dirty lowdown trick’.” Jewish Leadership Council CEO Simon Johnson, said: “It never ceases to amaze me when so called anti-racists switch so seamlessly into attacking and demonising Israel. Do they not see that denying the right of the Jewish state to exist is antiSemitic and therefore racist? ” The CST’s Mark Gardner told Jewish News: “If you want to understand mainstream Jewish communal fears about the Labour Party, Chris Williamson’s defence of Jackie Walker and Ken Livingstone is a good place to start, as is his attack on John Mann.” A Labour Party spokesman said: “Any complaints of antiSemitism are taken extremely seriously. These are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action taken.”


CORONER REVIEW COST TAXPAYER £240K Ahead of next week’s Jewish-led judicial review into a London coroner’s “cab-rank” rule for releasing bodies for burial, newly-published figures show the last review against coroner Mary Hassell cost the taxpayer £240,000. It follows the Board of Deputies’ FOI request to Camden Council asking how much it cost the local council consortium to defend the policies of the senior coroner for Inner North London. Hassell has said the religion of the deceased should not lead to bodies being prioritised for release, but Adath Yisroel Burial Society lawyers revealed the Chief Coroner disagreed.

NAZI SALUTE DOG OWNER GUILTY The Scottish owner of a Nazi-saluting dog has been found guilty of religious and racial aggravation. Markus Meechan had filmed himself training the pet to give Nazi salutes in 2016 in reply to phrases “Gas the Jews” and “Sieg Heil”, and put the footage on YouTube, where it was viewed more than three million times. In the video, he said his purpose was to annoy his girlfriend. “[She] is always raving about how cute her dog is, so I thought I would turn it into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi.” He will be sentenced next month.

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The British company accused of manipulating voters to help both the Brexit campaign and Donald Trump used Israeli data experts in its operations, its executives have revealed in an undercover sting operation. Bosses at under-fire UKbased firm Cambridge Analytica told of using “very effective” Israeli intelligence-gathering in its foreign operations in a filmed meeting screened on Channel 4 this week. They made the revelations to journalists they thought were pro-

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spective clients. It comes after The Observer broke the story that the firm had controversially acquired Facebook data on 50 million

Americans, subsequently manipulating them to vote based on their psychological profile as gleaned from their ‘likes’, updates and messages. Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing. In the 20-minute Channel 4 video, the firm’s boss Alexander Nix is heard saying it used British and Israeli spies, honey traps, fake websites and fake news campaigns to gain information and influence opinion. When questioned, he said th Israelis were “very effective at

intelligence gathering”. Nix’s colleague explains to the ‘clients’ that the firm’s foreign operations “use a different organisation” and, on the contracted spies, talks about their experience of using them in “an Eastern European country”. He said: “Nobody knew they were there... They were ghosted in, did the work, ghosted out, and produced really, really good material.” A company spokesman said the firm “does not use untrue material for any purpose”.

Minister backs anti-demolition drive Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has told a Jewish audience that campaigns against Israeli West Bank demolitions “have been instrumental in halting some activity up to now” and urged critics of the country’s policies in the region to “continue to speak out”. Burt (pictured) was keynote speaker at Yachad’s gala dinner on Sunday, speaking to an audience of 200. He stated his support for the organisation, which he described as a “moderate voice in a world which is exceptionally binary”. During the evening, he met the

student activists involved in the #DontSettleForThis campaign – the drive against demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank. He said the government considers these demolitions “unacceptable” and praised the students for “raising awareness of this within the Jewish community and beyond”. Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian peace activist who lost his three daughters during the 2008-2009 Gaza War, also spoke at the event. Yachad’s director Hannah Weisfeld

said: “The minister’s support of our work and desire to see a moderate and pragmatic debate about Israel is very encouraging.”

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BICOM report / News briefs / News NEWS IN BRIEF

CST GUIDLINES FOR OVER-65 VOLUNTEERS Volunteers for the Community Security Trust (CST) will not be forced to hang up their high-vis jackets when they hit 65 years of age, but the charity said this week that 65 was the cut-off “guideline”. The clarification follows online rumours that the much-loved organisation would be casting volunteers aside when they reach pension age. A spokesman confirmed “exceptions can be made”.

PROBE INTO ‘NAZI’ TIES OF TELFORD MAN German authorities are continuing to probe the Nazi links of a 96-yearold man who lived in Shropshire until his death in October. Stanislaw Chrzanowski, from Telford, is being investigated for his ties to the murder of several people in his Belarus home-town of Slonim, when he was an auxillary to invading German forces. He later fought for the Allies. In the 1990s, police had been alerted to Chrzanowski’s past by his stepson, John Kingston who sent the Met’s War Crimes Unit a dossier of evidence, saying his suspicions were raised on stories his father-in-law had told him as a child.

Report reveals multiple Iranian bases in Syria

Middle East analysts this week warned of a “combustible situation” as new research revealed Iran has established at least 10 military bases in Syria, writes Alex Davis. These bases are used by Iran for a number of purposes including barracks, logistics, intelligence and the facilitation of arms transfers to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Recent reports indicate new bases are being built to house medium and long-range ballistic missiles. Satellite photos have been published of an Iranian base with missile storage facilities built close to Damascus. According to the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), whose research has been verified by the IDF, there are also approximately 35 Shi’a militias operating in Syria. The briefing paper identifies the top 10 Shi’a militias and describes their composition and size. The largest of these is

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the Syrian National Defence Forces (NDF), which represents Iran’s attempts to formally unify the regime’s local militias. Its 90,000-100,000 soldiers are based across seven sites, including Aleppo and Damascus. Of note is also the presence of approximately 10,000 soldiers from the Iranian Revolu-

tionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the security and military organisation responsible for the protection and survival of the Iranian regime. Its elite Quds Force is heavily involved in the fighting in Syria. Israel is also keeping a close eye on Hezbollah, whose 8,000 soldiers possess more than 100,000 missiles in Lebanon.

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Since 2011, Israel has fought to contain Iranian expansion in Syria. It has carried out more than 100 strikes in Syria, destroying weapons shipments and chemical weapons bound for Hezbollah. Last month, Syrian missiles destroyed an Israeli F-16 aircraft and Israel subsequently crippled Syria’s anti-aircraft capability. According to the report, the “sheer number of moving pieces in Syria… create a combustible situation with potential for miscalculation, error and rapid escalation between Israel, Iran and its allies”. BICOM CEO James Sorene told Jewish News: “Iran’s presence in Syria is not temporary. Our report shows the location of Iran’s network of military bases across the country and lists the heavily-armed Shi’a militias that Iran has exported to Syria. The presence of these forces is a clear danger to Israel.” The report can be read at: bit.ly/2IDpkHv

Lawyers for a Palestinian teenager filmed slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier last year have agreed a plea bargain that will see the 17-year serve four further months in prison. Ahed Tamimi, who was indicted on five counts of assault against security forces, included stone-throwing, will serve another eight months in jail, having been behind bars for four already. She became an icon of resistance after being filmed hitting Israeli soldiers.

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News / Labour woes / Demo mayhem / Campus ban / News briefs

Formby’s team member said Hitler a ‘Zionist God’ Labour’s most senior employee is facing questions over whether she “recruited” a party member suspended for joking about Jewish noses and claiming Hitler was a “Zionist God”. Jennie Formby, Labour’s new general secretary and a former political director of Unite, is being asked what role she played in hiring Vicki Kirby, who was suspended by the party in 2014 after a series of claims, including that Jews “slaughter the oppressed”. She was subsequently reinstated. The revelations, which were made in The Independent, mean Labour MPs will be asking questions of Formby, who is now responsible for employing the Labour Party’s staff, leading to questions about Kirby’s appointment last year as a “stand-down” regional officer for Unite in the south-east, under Formby’s stewardship.

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Kirby’s was a temporary stopgap role usually made at the discretion of the regional secretary. The former Labour candidate for Woking was suspended for a series of posts between 2011 and 2014, including one in which she wrote: “We invented Israel when

saving them from Hitler, who now seems to be their teacher.” In another, the former Labour candidate for Woking said: “Apparently you can ask IS/ ISIS/ISIL questions on ask.fm. Anyone thought of asking them why they’re not attacking the real oppressors #Israel?” Labour Friends of Israel said Kirby’s tweets were “utterly vile”, while a Unite spokesman said she had repeatedly apologised for the comments and had been appointed by the union “following a procedure involving lay members and other officials”. The Unite spokesman told The Independent: “Vicki Kirby made appalling anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter, for which she was rightly sanctioned by the Labour Party. “Ms Kirby has never been an employee of Unite, although she did two months’ temporary organising

work for the union after she had been reinstated into the party.” The spokesman added: “She has consistently expressed her heartfelt regret about her comments and had attended training courses to assist with her wider understanding of the offence her remarks had caused.” However, he distanced Formby from the appointment, saying it was “not the prerogative of the regional secretary but made following a procedure involving lay members and other officials. “Any attempt to suggest otherwise is a smear against Jennie Formby, whose opposition to antiSemitism is a matter of record”. Jon Lansman, head of the powerful left-wing group Momentum, initially said he would challenge for the position of Labour general secretary, but pulled out of the running, leaving Formby as clear favourite for the position.

CALLS FOR LABOUR COUNCILLORS PROBE Jewish representatives have urged an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism faced by Labour councillors in local parties. Board of Deputies’ president Jonathan Arkush said this should be one of the first items on the to-do list of Labour’s new general secretary Jennie Formby after further revelations in The Sunday Times. “Over the last few weeks we have seen revelations from Labour councillors about the antiSemitism they are facing in their local parties,” he said. “The anti-Semitism cannot be allowed to continue. “This will be a pressing and early challenge for Labour’s

new general secretary as it continues to be for the leader of the Labour Party. They will be judged on how they handle the issue of racism against Jews.” It follows this week’s criticism of Haringey Constituency Labour Party by Jewish councillors Joe Goldberg and Natan Doron, who accused it of “institutional anti-Semitism,” ahead of them being deselected or retiring. Goldberg told The Sunday Times: “It has become impossible to operate as a Jewish councillor in the Haringey party without having your views and actions prejudged or dismissed in terms that relate to your ethnicity.”

ANTI-RACISM MARCH ‘HIJACKED’ Questions over campus ‘ban’ An anti-racism march in Scotland descended into an anti-Israel demonstration, with chants of “from Glasgow to Gaza intifada”. Anti-Israel demonstrators wearing masks chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” and “intimidated” supporters of Israel at Sunday’s Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) event. The Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS) joined the march with Israeli flags against anti-Semitism, which led the Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS) to boycott the event. Criticising march organ68816 - Jewish Community isers in a statement, MCS said:

Goodrich told Jewish News after the event its attendance was a success, but that some marchers “were intimidated by the behaviour of those wearing masks and sunglasses, pushing and jostling, stealing our flags and running away with them”. COFIS had said it was “aware of aggressive attempts to prevent us from taking part, orchestrated by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign”. Human rights lawyer Aamer Marchers in Glasgow Anwar read a message from “SUTR will not stand against Palestine’s UK ambassador apologists for Israeli Apart- Manuel Hassassian, while heid and Racism, in the shape Holocaust historian professor of COFIS, who plan to join the Henry Maitles spoke on behalf of Jewish1 group. Scottish 14:47 Jews march as they did last year.” Housing Association Ltd - Advert_v04.pdf 06/03/2018 COFIS convener Nigel For A Just Peace.

Israel supporters say they were banned from the campus of a top London university after their event was cancelled “without any clear reason”. The talk, scheduled for Monday at King’s College, London (KCL, pictured), was called Israelity and supported by the group StandWithUs UK to give students the chance to hear Israelis talk about life in the Middle East. Israeli students say they were “harassed” by university personnel, which later elicited an apology from KCL’s principal professor Edward Byrne. Pro-Israel supporters accused university personnel of “ripping off our stickers, using

force” adding: “It reminds me of the dark days of Europe in the Second World War.” However, Israel Society president Tamara Berens said on Tuesday: “We had a good and friendly meeting where the Principal apologised personally to each individual student for the harassment they faced.”

Representatives from Jewish communal organisations, including the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and UK Lawyers for Israel contacted the university’s leadership team, as did Baroness Deech. Berens said Byrne “is committed to allowing Israeli students to visit campus and stressed the treatment they faced was unacceptable”. StandWithUs director Tamir Oren said: “We are committed to ensuring that all Jewish and pro-Israel students feel welcome on campus and that Israeli voices are not silenced. We welcomed this meeting.”




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Medical dilemmas / Stab victim / News

The only way is ethics


Two leading Israeli practitioners braved icy temperatures to offer their unique insights into healthcare during a memorable talk at Eton College, writes Alex Davis. At the event, which was hosted by Lord Winston and Eton College Interfaith Forum, pupils and parents heard from Dr Ofer Merin, a leading cardiovascular surgeon and head of trauma at Shaare Zedek Medical Center (SZMC), who spoke movingly about the dilemmas Israeli medical professionals face when tackling natural disasters abroad. “During the Haiti earthquake in 2010, there were 300,000 injured people. It is impossible to treat everyone so you must make difficult choices,” he explained. “You have to think in terms of manpower, logistics, medical supplies and ethics.” Merin noted that ethical dilemmas were often the most burdensome on physicians in the field. He outlined the need to

Details have emerged of how a top Israeli surgeon fought to save a terror victim’s life via a phone line from the UK, writes Alex Davis. Dr Ofer Merin, a leading cardiovascular surgeon and head of trauma at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, had been speaking to schoolboys and parents at Eton College just hours before Adiel Kolman was stabbed in a terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday. Before returning to Israel he instructed 10 senior physicians down a phone line on how they could best treat Kolman, a father of four from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. Dr Merin said: “I would like to praise the amazing efforts of more than ten senior physicians, from surgery, heart surgery, anaesthesia and intensive care who tried to save the life of this severely wounded, innocent person.”

Dr Fayez Khatib talking at Eton College on Sunday

find a balance between “utilitarianism and egalitarianism”, alongside individual and collective rights, when deciding who to treat and what level of intervention to undertake. SZMC is Jerusalem’s fastest-growing hospital, caring for more than 750,000 people annually. Renowned for its groundbreaking treatments, it recently installed the world’s first MRI machine built for the imaging of premature babies.

Dr Fayez Khatib, an ArabIsraeli senior consultant gynaecologist and director of the ambulatory gynaecology unit at SZMC, led a discussion on the influence of faith on medicine. “Sometimes we witness how faith and medicine clash, both for patients and practitioners,” he said. “This is frequently the case when dealing with IVF, pregnancy terminations and foetal reductions. It is important

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to act sensitively in such situations.” A lively Q&A followed, with topics including pastoral care for healthcare staff, Israeli field hospitals in Syria and the impact of America’s decision to recognise Jersualem as the capital of Israel. Simi Ben Hur, executive director of Shaare Zedek UK, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with Eton College for this special event. “Bringing together families of different faiths through the life-saving and groundbreaking work of our hospital shows the important role Shaare Zedek plays in a hopeful future for Jerusalem, Israel and the world.” Speaking at the event, headmaster Simon Henderson said: “Providing opportunities for boys of different faiths is a core part of what we offer here. “In the modern world, it is important to set out principles of working together as a means of solving the world’s problems.”

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“They worked continuously for more than five hours, until close to midnight. Tragically, after endless efforts Adiel Kolman died.” During a keynote address at Eton on Sunday morning, he discussed the lengths physicians go in treating terror victims, and the difficulties in subsequently informing family members of a death. Kolman died of his wounds in hospital on Sunday.  Father of four killed, page 12



Jewish News 22 March 2018

News / Auschwitz image / Survivor mourned

A new vision of hell

Marina Amaral’s colourised portrait of a 14-yearold girl murdered at Auschwitz lays bare the heartbreaking brutality experienced by victims of the Holocaust. Political prisoner Czesława Kwoka

was one of 230,000 children deported to the notorious Nazi death camp in Poland, between 1940 to 1945. Shortly before the images were taken, the teenager had been attacked by a female

prison guard for not carrying out orders given to her in German. Czesława died in the camp, reportedly from a fatal injection, just three months after her arrival. Other works by Amaral, an expert

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Holocaust educators lost a cherished friend and colleague this week when survivor Sabina Miller passed away. Born in Poland in 1922, Miller lived in West Hampstead for 50 years, working closely with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT), telling young and old alike about how she’d lived in the forest rather than be herded onto a lorry. Miller, whose immediate family were killed, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and worked as slave labour on a farm owned by a brutal Lithuanian who horsewhipped Jewish girls. In later years, after she had married and brought up a family of her own, she shared her experiences across the UK.

‘Remarkable’ Sabina Miller

HMDT educators this week described her as “unassuming and modest,” having “dedicated her time to sharing her story to warn about the dangers of hatred and share the importance of tolerance,

understanding and kindness”. In 2015, she played a key role in the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in HMDT’s Memory Makers project, meeting visually impaired illustrator Kimberley Burrows. She later received the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to raise awareness of the Holocaust. “Sabina was kind and generous, inspiring affection in everyone she met,” said HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman. “Her legacy will continue through the impact she had. We are mourning a true friend. We hope her family take comforts in knowing Sabina inspired people across the UK.”

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from RAF Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire. Son-in-law Robert Simon said: “Leslie was an active member of the Jewish community and was widely known and well-liked by all who met him. He was a much-loved father, father-inlaw and grandfather and will be sorely missed.”

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Jewish News 22 March 2018

News Family’s anguish / Charity concern / Top grads

Duggan case closed The German investigation into the death of a young Jewish man involved with a “political cult” has been closed. Prosecutors in Wiebaden looking into the death and subsequent police investigation of Jeremiah Duggan, whose body was found by a road in 2003, have finally closed the inquiry, to the dismay of the man’s mother. Erica Duggan campaigned for years for a thorough investigation and hopes were raised in 2012 when the Frankfurt High Court found mistakes were made.

Jeremiah (right) and his parents Erica and Hugo

Jeremiah, a 22-year-old student involved with the Wiesbaden-based group Helga Zepp LaRouche when he died, called his mother saying he was in danger and asking to be picked up shortly before he was found dead. Erica, who lives in

Golders Green, described LaRouche as “a cult” and said authorities had not followed through with their investigations, saying: “Lines of inquiry have been ignored.” Police recorded Jeremiah’s death as suicide, his body having been found

on an autobahn, hours after attending an event organised by LaRouche, which he believed was a conference concerning the problems in Iraq. A three-day inquest in the UK in 2015 heard evidence of possible “foul play” after Jeremy Hyam, the Duggan family’s lawyer, said a court in Germany “concluded that the facts as found by the prosecutor appeared to be impossible in the light of evidence available”. The family said its lawyers would discuss “how vital witnesses have still not been investigated”.

New head at Anne Frank Trust UK A senior executive withexperience of developing charities from small setups to national organisations is to be the new chief executive at the Anne Frank Trust UK. Tim Robertson, a former social worker in

Camden, said there was no better time to challenge prejudice across the UK, and that the trust would be a driver in doing so. Robertson is best known for his nine years as head of the Koestler Trust, which

sells and exhibits art by prisoners. Since 2015, he has been director of the Royal Society of Literature. He replaces the interim chief executive Caroline Hoare, and said he was “honoured and excited” to lead the charity.

He said: “I can think of no more urgent a need in our society than to end prejudice, and no more powerful a springboard for achieving that end than the courageous life and passionately honest writing of Anne Frank.”

Norwood chair’s warning The outgoing chair of Norwood and a senior Sephardi leader has warned that the Jewish community needs to consolidate and remains beholden to those with chequebooks. David Ereira, 53, who hasn’t ruled out a future run for the presidency of the Board of Deputies, launched the broadside just two weeks before he leaves the iconic charity at the end of the month, after 25 years’ service. “I joined the board without having a chequebook,” he said. “For some reason it was perceived that if someone could write a cheque they had credibility to lead. He added: “I

would argue that leadership in our community is about having the talent to lead from the front, not from the pocket.” Ereira said the community had made large strides forward but that “the challenges are ahead and it concerns me”. The vice-president of the S&P Sephardi Community added: “The community is shrinking and young people won’t have disposable funds for charity. So smaller charities need to look at consolidating, and bigger ones that overlap should join forces. Younger people must be allowed to make this happen.” • Full interview in supplement, p26-27

ISRAEL ADVOCATES GRADUATE Fifty student Israel activists have graduated from a leadership programme, preparing them to argue for the Jewish state’s case on campus. Heralding from 20 universities and eight secondary schools across the UK, students were awarded certificates upon their graduation from the second year of StandWithUs UK’s Israel Leadership programme in Parliament. Hosted by Lord Leslie Turnberg and Labour MP Joan Ryan on 15 March, the event saw Lord Stuart Polak, honourary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Andrew Percy MP and Michael Freeman, counsellor for society and

The graduating student activists

civil affairs from the Israel embassy, address the advocates. The graduates went through a rigorous year-long process run by Israel advocacy group StandWithUs UK, learning about international law, Israel’s history and had media training from the Israeli embassy’s press attaché.

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News / Schools campaign / Cancer appeal / Library bus

Bookshops agree to bin neo-Nazi publications gerated to facilitate the establishment Leading booksellers this week of Israel, and The Leuchter Report by agreed to remove titles by conFred Leuchter, who argued that the troversial Holocaust deniers after gas chambers in Auschwitz were not an anti-fascist organisation named used to kill people. and shamed them in a report. Earlier, HOPE not hate had called Big names such as Amazon, for retailers to take action, saying antiFoyles, Waterstones and WHSmith Semitic works including Holocaust were asked to self-censor by HOPE denial and notorious forgery ‘The Pronot hate, which said a “wide range Some of the infamous books tocols of the Elders of Zion’ were being of neo-Nazi hate material” was for for sale on the high street advertised alongside bomb-making sale on their websites. The organisation said that since publishing its find- manuals. Books by David Irving are on sale together ings, WH Smith and Foyles had removed some books, with neo-Nazi terror novel ‘The Turner Diaries’ which including ‘Did Six Million Really Die?’ by Richard Har- inspired Oklahoma bomber Tim McVeigh and London wood, a Holocaust denier who said the figure was exag- nail-bomber David Copeland.

Trek out an MDA adventure Those wanting to trek across Israel while raising money for a new ambulance are invited to celebrate the country’s 70th birthday by signing up to a six-day hike for Magen David Adom. This year’s multi-terrain trek, media partnered by Jewish News, is the charity’s third annual fundraising mission across Israel. Last year, as word spread, 21 participants joined the six-day challenge and raised enough for an ambulance, a feat organisers hope will be repeated in October this year, with 15 people already signed up. Trekkers will get to dedicate the ambulance bought through last year’s fundraising and even get to ride around in it during a paramedic shift,

which organisers described as “an unparalleled opportunity”. The aim for the 2018 group is to raise £70,000 for another ambulance, with trekkers told that they “will be able to see first-hand where their money is going at the same time as meeting people similar to themselves: united in a desire to challenge themselves and raise money for an incredible organisation”. Highlights will include a tour of the blood centre at Tel Hashomer, the building site of the new National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla, hike through the Golan Heights, visits to key IDF bases and a visit to Ziv hospital in Tsfat to see Syrian refugees. • Find out more at www.mdauk.org

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News / Tribute to a hero

‘Make Hail’s murder the last’ The father of an Israeli Druze policeman shot dead by Palestinian Israeli gunmen in Jerusalem last year has spoken of his pain at his son’s loss nine months ago and launched a scholarship fund in his name, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Afif Sitawi, father of Hail Sitawi, was in the UK this month visiting Jewish and Christian communities in London, Leeds and Manchester and speaking at the Zionist Federation’s annual dinner. Hail was 31-years-old when he was shot and killed during an attack at Temple Mount in July by three Israeli Arab gunmen. The attack caused a diplomatic furore, with Israel reacting by closing the holy site for Friday prayers and installing new security features, but protests in the Palestinian territories and across the Arab world soon led to the mosque’s reopening. Speaking to Jewish News, Afif described how his oldest son Hail died just 14 days after the birth of his own first child,

Afif with grandchild Ramos and Benjamin Netanyahu. Also pictured is his late son

a son named Ramos, now nine months old. Hail was one of two Israeli police officers killed as the three gunmen – all Israeli citizens – made their way down from Temple Mount to Lion’s

Gate, before shooting Hail and Kamil Shnaan, 22. Both were from Druze towns in Israel’s north. Football fan Hail named Ramos after the Real Madrid star who, on hearing the story,

went to see the baby and Hail’s family when the team played in Israel last year. “It was a very emotional moment,” says Afif, adding that Hail’s brother, 24, is considering a career in the police.

Afif describes Hail as “proud to serve” and “happy all the time, a smile on his face all the time, the kind of man who always wanted to help family, friends, the community. He was loved by everybody. I was a very proud father”. Asked what message Afif was bringing to London, he says: “I’m hopeful that my son’s murder will be the last one in Israel and the last one in the world. I come to promote peace and coexistence.” The Druze are an Arabspeaking minority living in Israel and other countries in the region who have, for centuries, fought for their survival in the Middle East as a minority, defending their community. Afif says: “One of our strongest values is to be loyal to our homeland, loyal to the local sovereign. So when the State of Israel was established, the Druze community pledged allegiance with no conditions. We’ve been fulfilling that ever since.” He continues: “We are

fully integrated, we love the country. This is the important message for us: to live together in peace.” Afif’s village has Druze, Muslim, Jewish and Christian residents. “The relationship is very supportive, it’s amazing coexistence,” he says. “People from all walks of life, from all religions, they came to pay condolences, to pledge to help. I welcome everybody.” Afif was in the UK supporting the Druze Veterans Association, and said: “We have a dream to give 100 Druze students scholarships to study in Israeli universities, particularly in professions such as engineering and hitech, and have them fully integrate into Israel.” Explaining how he wants to have a big launch event on the anniversary of Hail’s death, on 14 July, he adds: “We want to give the scholarship in the name of Hail to commemorate this beautiful man and his love for the community and the next generation.”

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UK-Israel partnerships / Special Report

Innovation nations The UK’s science minister tells Stephen Oryszczuk about working hand-in-hand with Israel to help forge the future Sam Gyimah shakes hands and sits down in a dull side room at the British Council near the Mall, having just told a roomful of VIPs that Israeli and British scientists are to work together on diseases associated with ageing. Short, studious and smartly dressed, this is the new 41-year-old joint Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Development, who knows that Israel is pretty hot in all these areas. What follows is an interesting 20 minutes. Born in the UK, Gyimah spent 10 years growing up in Ghana, before returning to England to study politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at Oxford University, becoming president of Oxford Union. From there he joined Goldman Sacks before setting up his own recruitment company. So far, so future Tory leader. In his 30s, he entered politics and became a Government whip in 2013, around the time British and Israeli scientists first began collaborating through the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership (BIRAX),

starting in regenerative medicine. Listening to him, it’s clear science and technology are interests of his, but only when he took over from Jo Johnson in January did they become part of his brief. He says he signed a memorandum of understanding with his opposite number in Israel three weeks ago, and plans to visit later this year “to deepen our collaboration not just in scientific research but in innovation and opportuni-

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ties that are mutually beneficial for high-growth business.” So, beyond the lab, then? “We’re looking across the board at how we can do more with Israel,” he says. “Collaboration with Israel is something we want to build on as a strategic priority.” In what areas? Yes, medicine is one, he says. “But I’m particularly focused on innovation. One thing Israel is really good at is commercialising new technology, maximising how research ideas are exported. Those are areas where I see us working together.” A month into the job and he’s already met the Israelis. What did he think? There’s laughter and unease in equal measure. Some Israelis are in the room and now lean in to hear the answer. Finally, he says: “They’ve very clear on what they want.” I’ll bet they are. “I met the Israeli science minister. He was very clear on what he wanted. In the end I had to ask him explicitly, ‘what do we get out of this?’” What, indeed? Could Israel help Britain make a culture shift? He’s still analysing the problem. “I started off thinking we’re not very good at commercialising our research, but there’s another argument, that sometimes we try to commercialise it too early, spending time with patent lawyers and such when it should be spent solving the problem.” An Israeli in the room says each university has its own legal department to take care of all that, and Gyimah acknowledges “Israel’s track record”, especially in “disruptive technologies”, and says universities being awarding money based on excellence or based on what could conceivably come to market can be two very different criteria. Is he worried about Brexit? A Tory ‘remainer,’ he’s uneasy when asked about Britain’s science prospects outside the EU. Hours before our interview, University College London’s

professor John Hardy gave his share of a one million Euro prize (awarded for his work on Alzheimer’s) to an anti-Brexit group, saying Brexit is “an unmitigated disaster for science and for our health service”. Gyimah tries to be upbeat, noting new links with China and the US. “If we want to be the go-to place for scientific innovation, it makes sense that we work with all the other leading countries in this area, of which Israel is a key player.” He describes the UK and Israel as “scientific superpowers” and on Brexit says “science is one of the areas where there can be a win-win between the UK and the EU,” adding his European counterparts “recognise the value we bring”. Gyimah says the UK does well out of EU funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 “because grants are awarded on the basis of excellence”. Israel is a member of Horizon 2020, too, he says, “and also does very well out of it”. Is this BIRAX partnership principally about ideas, or people, or both? The latter, he says, but people are a big part of it. “Getting the right people, that exchange of academics [from the UK and Israel] is something I’ll be looking at quite seriously. Breakthroughs happen when you have the right people working together.” When he visits Israel, what does he want to see? He wants to understand things like “the expectations of Israeli public funds that go to universities, and how that drives the incentives to get the product to market”. In Britain, he wants to see more entrepreneurship, adding: “Rather than have entrepreneurship sit in one box and academic research in another, we could do more to bring them together.” Can this be learned from Israel? “You learn it from lots of different places. Hopefully Israel will learn something from us too. That’s what happens when we work in partnership and trust each other.”



Jewish News 22 March 2018

World News / Skopje museum/ Air strike / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

ISRAELI FOOTBALLER IN SOCIAL MEDIA SEX ACT CLAIMS An Israeli footballer has been filmed allegedly performing sexual acts on a woman who appears to be unconscious. Footage of the incident was shared on WhatsApp and other social media platforms showing French-Israeli Beitar Jerusalem striker Antony Varenne along with three other men – identified as footballers who play in a lower league. Varenne said of the footage: “Those who know me know this is out of character.””

ISRAEL CONFIRMS STRIKE Israeli has admitted it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. Although Israel was widely believed to have been behind the airstrike, it has never before commented publicly on it. In a lengthy release, the military revealed that eight

Footage of reactor blast

F-15 fighter jets carried out the top-secret airstrikes against the facility in the Deir el-Zour region, about 300 miles northwest of

Damascus, destroying a site that had been in development for years and was scheduled to go into operation at the end of that year. The military would not comment on its reasoning, but the move could be related to the upcoming memoir of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who ordered the strike and has hinted about it for years, or it could be meant as a warning to arch-enemy Iran, which is active in Syria.

Macedonia opens new Shoah memorial Macedonia’s tiny Jewish population showed off its new permanent exhibition at the country’s Holocaust Memorial Centre this week, the 75th anniversary of their ancestors’ wartime deportations. American senators and ambassadors joined other VIPs from across Europe at the opening of the exhibition, which tells the story of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities, 98 percent of whom were killed in

The new Skopje centre

Treblinka. Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov was also among those attending the events. “Telling the Macedonian story is an opportunity to

reinforce to the world how quickly enormous populations can be wiped from the face of the earth, with their contributions gone forever,” said the museum’s principal architect Dr Michael Berenbaum of the firm Berenbaum Jacobs Associates. The museum, in the capital, Skopje, which opened in 2011 but has been largely empty until now, tells the story of Macedonian Jewry beginning two millennia

ago, including the growth of the community seeking a haven when fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition. The story of the deportation of the Jews from Macedonia is unusual in that occupying power Bulgaria expelled Jews from their homes, ghettoised them in a tobacco factory in Skopje then deported them to Treblinka, only after hesitating to deport their own Jews from Bulgaria.


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A Swiss neo-Nazi who assaulted a Jewish man on his way home from synagogue has been handed a two-year prison term. The assailant, who is in his 40s but who has not been named, attacked the Orthodox man in Zurich.


Two Swedish ministers have put forward proposals to ban faith schools, citing concerns over Muslim extremism. Anna Ekström, an education minister and member of the ruling party, together with Ardalan Shekarabi, an Iranian native, advocated the plan in part because of ‘religious oppression’.


An American Jewish woman is operating a safe house in California for MexicanAmerican families hiding from immigration authorities, reported CNN. The woman, who signed the lease on the apartment, is serving as cover for the families.


The Polish Senate has approved a resolution initiated by president Andrzej Duda making 24 March National Remembrance Day for Poles Who Saved Jews. More than 6,000 Poles have been named as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ by Yad Vashem, more than any other nationality. Israeli footballer Maor Buzaglo (left) posted an image of himself with the captain of the Iranian team, Ashkan Dejagah, captioned: “We can be different.”

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Jewish News 22 March 2018

Jewish News meets... Vladimir Sloutsker

The bridge builder Justin Cohen hears businessman turned politician Vladimir Sloutsker’s ambitions for the future of Israel and the diaspora When it comes to the standing up for Israel, Vladimir Sloutsker has often done things the hard way. As a senator in the Soviet Union in the 2000s, the businessman-turned-politician publicly clashed with the then foreign minister over the refusal to proscribe Hamas as a terrorist group. “Mine was not a rare voice,” the former Russian Jewish Congress chief recalls “It was probably the only voice in the Senate. But it would have been strange for me not to speak up for Israel. I always felt very Jewish in Soviet times. There was no shortage of reminders of who I was including the fact only some universities would accept me.” But for the 61-year-old – who holds a PhD in engineering and economics – and his fellow Russian Jews, watching Israel’s growth from afar was a source of pride in trying times. The country’s triumph in the 1967 War “changed everything. It generated respect and

I remember clearly the pride we felt for our state and our nation”. Still, moving to Israel was a step too far. “My father was very well known nationally in civil engineering and my mum worked in a tax office,” he told Jewish News. “If I would have emigrated they would suffer. So I developed myself inside the system.” It was only in 2011 that he chose to make aliyah and almost immediately set up the Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) along with leading figures including former Mossad chief Danny Yotam. Its primary aim is to be a “bridge” between Jewish communities in Europe and Israeli government ministries and officials – something which Sloutsker sees as more urgent than ever in an age of rising anti-Semitism and delegitimisation of the Jewish state. “It was a strange situation when Israel was a member of many non-governmental organisations – including sports federations – but there was no dedicated interface between European Vladimir Sloutsker believes in ‘One Israel for all Jews and all Jews for one Israel’

Jewish communities and Israeli bodies,” he said. “We sought to be their address in Israel.” In 2013, IJC organised a ground breaking trilateral dialogue bringing together American and European Jewish leaders and Israeli officials and has also organised for young Israelis to support their European counterparts as part of its young ambassadors’ programme. Underpinning everything is Sloutsker’s passionate belief that far more needs to bring about unity: both between Jews worldwide and between the diaspora and Israel. He is clear that any vision of all Jews living in Israel is “impractical” but equally that Jews would start to hide their identity if Israel didn’t exist. There is a mutual responsibility to build a partnership, or as he puts it: “One Israel for all the Jews and all Jews for one Israel.” To back up the theory with practical steps, he has even campaigned for a change in Israel’s citizenship laws to enable anyone who can prove Jewish ancestry to become citizens. “Israel is central to Jewish identity. Anyone who can show a close relationship to someone with British nationality is granted British citizenship,” he points out. “If Jews want to become Israeli citizens, regardless of where they are living, they should to be granted citizenship. Whoever carries the passport, as I do, will feel pride.” He describes statistics showing young people feeling less connected to Israel than their parents and grandparents as a source of “great upset” – a trend he blames on a lack of communication between Israel and the diaspora. Greater solidarity among Jewish communities, he says, would also help in the fight against anti-Semitism including from Muslims. “Not only should local communities and governments react to attacks but if something

happens in the UK, European and world communities must react. Speak out, organise a rally.” Groups of Jewish lawyers and journalists should also work together more on a global level, the Moscow-born leader adds, repeating his mantra: “One for all, all for one.” You don’t have to spend time with Sloutsker to understand that not much trumps defending Israel in his list of priorities – but his family is one. His daughter’s schooling has recently brought him to live in the UK. But he’s quick to point out its business as usual for the IJC where he remains president. While British Jewry was more autonomous than other European communities, he had been “impressed” by what he has seen firsthand. “It’s one of the best organised communities in the world. I like the spirit. The community is strong and integrated in every part of life”. Sloutsker recently addressed the Balfour Centenary Conference, organised by the Jewish News and BICOM in Parliament, where he expressed hopes that Brexit would provide an opportunity for ever stronger trade and intelligence ties. He also attended this month’s annual CST dinner to hear Home Secretary Amber Rudd. It was, he said, one of the strongest messages of support he had heard from any government minister anywhere. “I would be very happy if all governments in the world took a similar position,” he said. But describing rising Jew-hatred as “one of the greatest threats both to Jewish life and the very future of the EU enterprise”, he warned that no community is immune. “We must therefore be vigorous and unrelenting in the fight against anti-Semitism in all its forms, including modern-day manifestations.”

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Israel News / Stabbing fatality / Azaria release NEWS IN BRIEF

ISRAEL DESTROYS TWO HAMAS TERROR TUNNELS IN GAZA Israel has collapsed two Hamas terror tunnels in Gaza. One of the border-crossing installations, which was bombed on Sunday morning, had been built before the 2014 Gaza war, and had previously been partially destroyed during the conflict. According to the Israeli military, workers for the terror organisation, which runs Gaza, had been attempting to reopen the tunnel and make it usable again. It was the fourth structure of its kind to be destroyed since November.

PALESTINIAN HELD AFTER RABBI IS STABBED TO DEATH Israeli security forces have arrested a Palestinian man believed to have stabbed to death a rabbi near the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, 19, an ArabIsraeli resident of Jaffa, was caught in Nablus on Sunday morning along with several other men who reportedly helped him flee the crime scene. The assailant’s mother, an Israeli citizen, lived in Haifa and his father is a Palestinian from Nablus. Assi was known to Haifa social services.

Dad-of-four dies after knife attack An Israeli civilian stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in the Old City of Jerusalem died this week of his wounds. Adiel Kolman was a 32-yearold father of four from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. While Kolman was a civilian security guard by profession, he was not armed and not working at the time of the attack on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter. He reportedly worked in the archaeological digs at the City of David for the last five years, according to the Times of Israel. Kolman was stabbed several times in his upper body during the attack and arrived at Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition. Following surgery, he remained unconscious and was connected to a respirator on Sunday night before succumbing to his injuries. The stabber, who was first identified as a Turkish national visiting Israel, was later iden-

Mourned: Adiel Kolman

tified as Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, a Palestinian man from a northern West Bank village near Nablus. He was shot and killed at the scene by an Israel police officer. Fadel had entered Jerusalem using a five-day permit that allowed him to look for work, according to the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet. The father

of two, his brother and uncle are part of Hamas’ leadership in the West Bank, Haaretz reported. He was not active in Hamas, however, according to the paper. Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin said after the attack: “Four more children lost their father last night. For the bereaved the pain is unbearable. “The terror on the streets of Jerusalem, our capital, where Jews and Arabs have lived together for hundreds of years, is a great disaster for all its inhabitants, and we will not allow it to become an existing reality. We will fight against terror and we will overcome.” Hamas praised the attack, saying it was an action to mark 100 days since the Trump administration recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced it would move the United States embassy there. Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas, had designated Friday as a Day of Rage in protest at the announcement.

Hebron shooter Azaria granted an early release Former IDF sergeant Elor Azaria, jailed for killing a wounded and disarmed Palestinian attacker, will be given early release after he completes two-thirds of his 14-month sentence. He is expected to be freed on 10 May. During a parole hearing last week, military prosecutors said they would not oppose early release for Azaria in May. He will have served 10 months of his manslaughter

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Views about Jews You could sense something big was building... Watch the video of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis speaking about Jewish-Muslim relations this week at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism and you can hear his voice grow steelier by the sentence. After the standard stuff about prioritising interfaith dialogue and working together for the common good, he let fly: The threat to Jews from the world of Islam can only be cured within the world of Islam... Muslim leaders are “shtum” on anti-Semitism... Some refuse to even be photographed with a Jew. Such words shouldn’t be brave. They should be basic. But brave they were, delivered by a figurehead whose lofty position usually demands tiptoeing on eggshells for fear of causing offence. Not this time. This week Mirvis had a few things to get off his chest. So he called it. Anti-Semitism is different to Islamophobia. It is thousands of years old and rears its ugly head in the form of criticism of a country – but both Muslims and Jews have to deal with people holding stereotypical views about them. So it is even more disappointing to see Muslim antiSemitic Jewish stereotypes are so ingrained. Of course, truly progressive Muslim leaders exist – we like to champion them in this newspaper – but you can count those who put their head above the parapet on one hand. A Muslim leader is yet to emerge to take the mantle of the late, great Zaki Badawi – a “cherished” friend of former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks. Before his death in 2006, this brave enemy of anti-Semitism and isolationism, who coined the helpful term “British Islam”, told the Guardian: “I want the government to help me train better imams. It’s cheaper than having to combat the effect of bad imams.” Badawi was shocked at the number of Muslim leaders who can’t speak English being imported from Saudi Arabia. He believed British Islam must be rooted in British values. Twelve years on, Badawi’s legacy is being squandered. It requires a Muslim leader with the conscience and courage of the Chief Rabbi (among the first to condemn the “horrific” Punish A Muslim Day) to turn the tide. Any takers?


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LORD SACKS WRONG ON HAWKING It was unseemly for Lord Sacks, a believer in the Torah, to give such unwarranted fulsome encomium to fellow Gonville and Caius alumnus, Stephen Hawking (‘Hawking ‘altered our understanding’, 15 March). In addition to supporting Arab resistance and academic boycotts of Israel, to preaching erroneous science whilst suppressing the true scientific evidence for a recent creation and Tribute: Stephen a geocentric universe, Hawking Hawking was an avowed atheist diametrically opposed to the Torah. He asked silly questions like “What place then for a Creator?” (“A Brief History of Time, 1988), “Does it need a Creator, and if so does He have any effect on the universe? And who created Him?” (“A Briefer

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I read with delight the contribution Israel makes to the world in the form of technology, e.g. eyes, water, electicity from the sun. What does the Charedi community do to improve the lives of other people?

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History of Time”, 2005), “It would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. God is not necessary.” (“Black Holes and Baby Universes”, 1994). Atheistic Evolutionists and Cosmologists like Hawking and his ilk have divested mankind of certainty, eternity, absolutes, mysticism, vitalism and creationism, having derided, undermined, damaged, and destroyed the abiding faith of countless millions. Hawking’s wife, a devout Christian, separated from him in 1990 partly because she was increasingly offended by his atheism. Lord Sacks’ suggestion that a bracha be made on seeing Stephen Hawking would be a travesty.

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I enjoyed your Jewish Views podcast interview with Holocaust survivor and author Agnes GrunwaldSpier (23 March). She will be speaking at Edgware United Synagogue on Tuesday, 10 April, the day before Yom HaShoah, when she will be discussing

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Some don’t hear ‘never again’ The 3,000 Polish nationalists who sent emails to the Jewish Museum’s Jewish staff last week ought to know that today’s news is tomorrow’s history. They will end up as footnotes to an exhibit themselves. Our grandchildren will have to


explain to their own grandchildren that even Europe’s right-wing never stopped considering history as ‘fair game’. There are those who never hear the words ‘never again’. They’re too busy typing their next angry email.

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I understand the challenges World Jewish Relief faced with its Pesach appeal. I have lived in Eastern Europe (albeit not Ukraine) and understand the mentality of not wanting to ask. The reality is that it is only organisations like this – and money from Jewish families in richer countries – that mean Jewish communities in poorer countries get by. I can think of nothing more pertinent than giving the gift of eyesight at Pesach.

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DON’T THEY READ THE NEWS? How ironic the day you report on the UK visit of the father of the Israel Druze policeman shot and killed at Temple Mount by a Palestinian terrorist last year, that we should read about a similar atrocity, with two Israeli soldiers killed (Jewish News, 15 March). When the world berates Donald Trump for withholding aid money from the Palestinians, do they simply ‘miss’ stories like this? Perhaps, as a newspaper, you might consider running them

SO, WHAT’S IN A NAME? You featured a story online about a text message exchange going viral, involving lawyer ‘Moshe’, arguing with his aunt who wants him to come ‘back to Judaism’ after he refuses to ditch his non-Jewish partner. It reminded me of the man whose son is dating. The son tells his father he’s met a lovely girl. His father just wants to know the girl’s family name. ‘Ford.’ His father looks aghast and tells him he must find a girl with a nice Jewish name. The next day the son comes

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Why Brexit’s a challenge to our Jewish way of life GILLIAN MERRON



rexit is now one year away. It represents a massive constitutional change and there continues to be significant uncertainty about what it will mean for our lives. As the government continues to negotiate terms of our exit from the European Union, we know there will be implications for our community as well, which is why the Board of Deputies and the Jewish leadership Council have prepared a paper called Brexit and the Jewish Community, which looks at how we could be affected. In the main, the impact of Brexit on individual members of the Jewish community is likely to be similar to most members of UK society. Stricter immigration controls could drive up labour costs, including in key sectors for the Jewish community, such as security, food production or social care. But our community will also have particular concerns in three main areas: security, trade with Israel and shechita (religious slaughter). A fair chunk of the UK’s financial antiterror framework has been put in place by the

EU. However, the UK has its own financial sanctions on terror groups, which apply, for example, to the armed wing of Hamas, but not to its political wing, which is proscribed only at EU level. Other terror groups are only subject to measures as part of EU policies. It is critical for our security that these sanctions continue to apply in the UK after Brexit. The Jewish community has benefited from the liberalisation of trade between the EU and Israel agreed in 1995. This has helped to hold down prices of Israeli goods, including those of religious items and foods that are vital for the community. This year, an Open Skies agreement will come into force between Israel and the EU, which could lead to cheaper flights to and from Israel. As a community, it is critical for us that all of the gains in the trade liberalisation with Israel that have been achieved over the past two decades are not lost. The government made a good start by setting up a joint working group with Israel in March last year to ensure good trade relations between the two countries. Brexit is an opportunity for the UK to look

A SUCCESSFUL BREXIT WILL TAKE IN TO ACCOUNT THE NEEDS OF ALL PARTS OF UK SOCIETY at its immigration policy across the board, and it is important the government sustains a liberal visa regime for Israelis who wish to work in this country. This is especially crucial for those community organisations and businesses that rely on Israeli teachers, youth workers and other employees. EU trade policy has given the community a safeguard against public sector boycotts of Israel, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR), which forbids boycotts from local authorities and other public sector bodies on companies on the basis of their national origin. We would like the government to preserve those parts of the PCR that safeguard against

intimidatory boycotts of Israel in the public sector. Meanwhile, on shechita, EU regulations provided a defence against those who would want to ban either religious slaughter or the sale of meat prepared according to shechita. EU regulations state that animals must be mechanically stunned before slaughter – in contravention of shechita – but allow an exemption for the use of religious communities. Although Sweden and Denmark have currently banned shechita, these bans have never been tested in the EU courts. Without the additional EU safeguards, it is now more important than ever that the UK Government continues to defend shechita. Also important to note is that, depending on the exact nature of the trade deals with the EU and with other countries, costs, for example of imported kosher meat, could fall or rise. A successful Brexit will mean the government taking in to account the needs of all parts of UK society, including the Jewish community. Brexit certainly entails challenges for British Jews, but the right policy decisions and trade deals could offer significant opportunities as well.

Special year for hub that connects the community SHOSHANA BOYD GELFAND DIRECTOR, JHUB


little over 10 years ago, Pears Foundation asked: Where are those organisations in the British Jewish community who are committed to a confident, inclusive, outward-looking expression of Judaism? That question led to the foundation commissioning a mapping of the social action sector in the British Jewish community and to finding that there were indeed fellow travelers who shared this vision. But they needed a space and support in order to grow and thrive. So Pears Foundation built JHub. They built it and they came. Boy, did they come. Ten years later, JHub has “incubated” 16 small organisations that have garnered Jewish support for social action issues such as human rights (René Cassin), eradicating global poverty (Tzedek), and encouraging volunteering (Mitzvah Day, OLAM and Jewish Volunteering Network). It has also scouted and brought other

positive Jewish identity projects to the British Jewish community. These include PJ Library, Moishe House, and Jewish Interactive, which all receive funding from significant American and Russian Jewish foundations. JHub has been the fertile ground for projects such as JDOV, which started as a humble set of sessions at Limmud in 2011, and has grown into a fully-fledged website with more than 100 “Jewish TED Talk” videos with 100,000+ views. So while JHub’s mission was to strengthen the British Jewish social action sector, a recent external review revealed our impact had been far wider. Individual leaders: JHub did not set out to be a leadership training organisation, but soon realised it was impossible to professionalise the sector without providing support to the professionals who were leading it. Organisational development: JHub was opened to help move social action from the margins to the mainstream of the British Jewish community. Our resident and alumni organisations have created a professionalised

Jewish social action sector. Together, we have shifted the centre of gravity of our community so we not only focus on our internal issues, but also fulfil the Jewish mission of caring for the stranger and being a light unto the nations. Wider British society: Perhaps the most surprising impact JHub has had is the way our residents and alumni have unintentionally represented the Jewish community to government and other faith groups. In doing so, they have built much-needed bridges with wider British society, demonstrating to our non-Jewish neighbours that Jews care deeply about global issues, and that this care is an inherently Jewish value. Not only that, but five other similar hubs, of various faiths, have

been inspired by JHub. For the past decade, we have done our best at JHub to measure our impact on the social action sector, while acknowledging that the areas that really matter – identity, relationships, values, leadership – are notoriously difficult to measure. A sector that was under-resourced and lacking support a decade ago, has become far more robust and professional. JHub is proud to have played a significant role in that change. While there is still much work to do, we are committed to continuing to play our part. And we salute our residents, alumni and other organisations who, alongside us, have contributed to a more confident, outward-looking Jewish community.


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Poland was once a leader in Shoah commemoration SARA J BLOOMFIELD



ecent alarming events in Poland, most notably a law “protecting the reputation of the Polish nation” by criminalising certain speech regarding the Holocaust, have led me to reflect on my own relationship with that country. It’s a relationship that spans three decades, dozens of visits, various negotiations — and the cultivation of many cherished friends and colleagues. I made my first visit in the summer of 1987 as a mid-level professional working for a project to build a Holocaust museum on the National Mall in Washington DC. Upon seeing my first communist country, I was struck that everything was grey – the buildings, the interiors, the clothing. That turned out to be a somewhat superficial impression. No one forgets the gut-wrenching experience of their first (or any) visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. My first visit was made special by a remarkable woman,

historian Teresa Swiebocka, who was my guide. In spite of the many political and cultural restraints, and all the propaganda she had been fed, she was devoted to historical truth. She was not gray. She was deeply immersed in Holocaust history, and as she walked the blood-soaked earth of Birkenau, she seemed to know what had transpired on every inch of it. She spoke with great conviction and sensitivity. Over the years, I witnessed Poland’s exciting emergence out of communism. Every year brought more changes. Poland became colourful. Its people blossomed from under the weight of oppression endured throughout much of the 20th century under the domination of its two totalitarian neighbours, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. As in previous centuries, great powers saw Poland as something to be divided, occupied or destroyed. Poland was ground zero for the postSoviet reclamation of the truth about the Holocaust and other Nazi crimes, much of which happened on Polish soil under the brutal German occupation.

GREAT POWERS HAVE SEEN THIS COUNTRY AS SOMETHING TO BE DIVIDED, OCCUPIED OR DESTROYED Since the fall of communism, successive Polish governments of various political parties have extended – and often expanded — the nation’s commitment to the preservation of the six German killing centres in Poland. Then, in 2017, 30 years after my first visit, I went through a very different sort of experience. I happened to come across a small demonstration outside the president’s palace in Warsaw, where I encountered another woman, Mrs Orlewska, who left a strong impression. She was part of a nationalistic, religious group that regularly pays homage

to the late president Lech Kaczynski. The former mayor of Warsaw, Kaczynski served as president from 2005 until he was killed in an aircraft crash in 2010. This group believes he was murdered by the Russians as part of an anti-Polish conspiracy. Out of this background, Poland’s many complexities and contradictions are on full view today. The country has changed dramatically over 30 years, and now seems to be changing again. Perhaps my fondness for Poland and my abiding respect for so many exceptional professionals have blurred my ability to see the situation clearly. But I remain hopeful that the many Teresa Swiebockas and Mrs Orlewskas in Poland will ultimately prevail. It may not be in the short term, and that’s why those of us who admire Poland and realise its vitally important role in the world cannot afford complacency. On each of my future visits, I will support my friends and colleagues, confront the deniers and reactionaries, test my hope, and look for more remarkable Polish women.

Channelling our efforts and bridging the divide LAURA MARKS



n the 1880s, young Jewish people including my great grandparents escaping war-torn eastern Europe reached Britain to start a new life. Puythouck Park, a few miles from the Eurotunnel terminal at Dunkirk, is now home to around 50 people, mainly young Muslim men, with no running water, a few tents and tarpaulins, some smoky open fires and a great deal of rubbish, mud and damp, all desperate to follow that very same path. This week I joined a group of 10 remarkable women from three faith groups with box-loads of tents, socks, gloves, underwear and face paint in five cars and set off to consider if and how we could help these people seeking a better life in the UK. I was with Julie Siddiqi, my co-founder at Nisa-Nashim, the Muslim-Jewish women’s network, and the uniting of our two faiths was a key aspect of the trip, given both the mirroring of the crisis 120 years on but also just how much mistrust currently exists

between these two communities. We spent time recognising our shared ways of life, scripture, endemic patriarchy and histories of expulsion and exclusion. It was these similarities that characterised the trip, which we undertook with our Christian sisters including Methodist minister Rev Michaela Youngson. Our 10 diverse women were united by shared respect for the other faith groups, shared feminism, physical endeavour – our work included trying to sort out a warehouse full of donations – meals, including navigating the different rituals of three Abrahamic faiths, cars, laughs, tears and fears and even shared bedrooms. The impetus for the trip was Sadaqa Day, a Muslim-led day of hands-on social action that works alongside our Jewish Mitzvah Day, and our journey focused on humanitarian support and kindness, particularly for the (relatively few) women and girls among these abandoned people. Together we met Marwa, aged five, with long, beautifully brushed hair, well dressed and managing just a little English. Like

many of the 15 children of families temporarily housed for winter on the floor of a gym, she is Kurdish and believes she and her family are on their way to England. We made some glittery butterflies, decorated the children’s faces with face paint and distributed backpacks with colouring books, crayons, bubbles and sweets. The Women’s Refugee Centre (WRC), made up of six young women and one room in a warehouse, does its best to ensure people receive tents, waterproof ponchos, shoes and a hot meal, but the task is endless. As our group, led by the unstoppable Onjali Rauf, drove back on to the Eurotunnel train, I reflected on two days in a France I did not recognise. We had plugged

one small section of the ‘dike’ with sticky tape; however, the issues we confronted are entrenched and systemic, needing a policyled solution both long and short term. But on reflection, maybe we had actually done more. By travelling as women, by bridging the divide between the faith groups who take caring seriously, by building solid new friendships and relationships between the women and their organisations, we demonstrated that together we can, and must, pull together. The current crisis just across the Channel, to which we are becoming evermore desensitised, reminds us that history repeats itself. Let us not stand by.


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A record number of interfaith projects took place for this year’s Sadaqa Day. More than 1,500 people participated in the day of Muslim-led social action, which is inspired by Mitzvah Day. Events took place in 30 locations across the country– including a record 25 Jewish-Muslim partnerships. Mitzvah Day’s interfaith chair Lady Daniela Pears said: “The partnership between Mitzvah Day and Sadaqa Day sees connections built between faiths at the grassroots level that endure for many years to come.”

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Pupils from Lubavitch Boys’ School in Stamford Hill flew to New York to take part in this year’s Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos, an international competition for pupils, which tests them on the 613 mitzvahs. The event broadcast to more than 25,000 people from around the world. Their teacher, Rabbi SA Hackner, who accompanied them on the trip, said: “These boys are a true credit to their parents and the school for the incredible amount of time and effort that they have put in to their learning. May they continue to grow in their future learning.”

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International sculptor Frances Segelman sculpted Holocaust survivor Ivor Perl BEM at Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre. Ivor said: “It was a lovely experience. It took two hours and I wasn’t allowed to talk, which was a challenge, as those who know me will know. In some ways, it feels as though I was reborn and was recreated by Frances. Many survivors ask the question, why did I survive to live through those terrible times? Being sculpted for posterity is a very healing process. In 100 years’ time, people of the future could see that sculpture, find meaning in it and learn about what happened in the Holocaust.”


Year 12 Hasmonean boys cooked meals for families supported by the charity GIFT as part of a new sixth-form programme between the two, which combines education about giving and chesed (loving-kindness) with hands-on practical help. Rabbi Birnbaum from the Hasmonean Beis said: “The sessions with GIFT have really galvanised the learning of our boys. The in-school talks, together with the external trips, have been superbly delivered and really help bring Jewish education to life.”



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J-Trade, which brings together Jewish construction, development and property management businesses from across the UK, held its preexpo meeting at the weekend. Taking place at the Avenue Conference Hall, exhibiters heard from prominent professionals, including Paul Mann of Credo Wealth and trustee of Work Avenue, Russell Bahar, director of Spring Ad Consultancy and Adam Baetu, director of Online Marketing Now. The Expo takes place in May at the Business Design Centre.


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More than £1,100 was raised at a Sparklets charity event for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens project. Fifty guests attended the event at Brewed and Pressed in Mill Hill, with the theme ‘Love your Lifestyle’. A panel of four ladies – Sara Barton (personal trainer and nutritionist), Kim Milich (life coach), Dr Joanna Silver (counselling psychologist and lead therapist for eating disorders at Nightingale hospital), and Lisa Roukin (gluten free expert and author of My Relationship With Food) – gave talks.


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Ilford’s Forest Academy pupils were among 200 from schools in Redbridge who were given talks by Holocaust survivors and Progressive rabbis. They also learned about the history of the Czech Torah scroll, one of 1,564 that were rescued by the Prague Jewish community during the Shoah. Rabbi Lisa Barrett at South

West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue, (pictured with pupils) said: “It was important to continue Holocaust education, in order that its message was not forgotten by future generations of young people.”


JFS hosted a gala school choir event last week to celebrate the school’s 285th anniversary and 15 years in Kenton. Its choir, together with Kerem, Mathilda Marks, Sacks Morasha, Moriah and Rosh Pinah primary schools each performed a number of songs, with a grand finale as a massed choir. The audience, consisting of parents and siblings of the performers, enjoyed the two-hour concert, which ended with the more than 200 performers singing a rousing rendition of Adon Olam. Acting headteacher Simon Appleman said: “We were delighted to welcome so many schools to a wonderful evening of music making.”


Sixty Jewish Women’s Aid supporters raised more than £1,000 at a ‘Night at the Oscars’ organised by volunteer Tracy Lee (pictured left next to fundraiser Julia Kay). JWA’s Naomi Dickson said: “At a time when more and more women are coming forward to disclose domestic and sexual abuse, it’s crucial JWA can support the Jewish women and children affected by it.” Its next public fundraiser will be the Women of Westminster walking tour on 3 June. For more details, email julia@jwa.org.uk

Your simcha announcements Rafi Schneider celebrated his barmitzvah at Finchley United Synagogue

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Pop culture pace setters Alex Davis discovers how four friends from north London turned their love for football into global production company, Fulwell 73

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ot many people can say they met Stephen Hawking, let alone shared a drink with him. But in joining the tributes paid last Wednesday to the late physicist, producer Gabe Turner coolly offered exactly that revelation. “I once did a shot of tequila with him,” he says. “You can’t exactly say no to an offer like that!” Turner, who co-founded Fulwell 73 with his brother, Ben, their cousin Leo Pearlman and best friend Ben Winston 13 years ago, regaled stories of his celebrity-filled career at an event hosted by Lead, a division of the Jewish Leadership Council. More than 130 people listened avidly as he

and Pearlman opened up to BBC presenter Samantha Simmonds about their hugely successful endeavours, which includes The Class of 92, the most successful sports documentary of all time, as well as producing box office hits, One Direction 3D: This Is Us and I Am Bolt. Fulwell 73 are also the creative brains popular American television series, The Late Late Show with James Corden – and by extension the viral hit, Carpool Karaoke – with Birtishborn presenter Corden recently joining the team as their fifth director. “We always knew we’d do something together,” says Turner, 37, of growing up in north London with his co-directors. “We used to get

in trouble when we were younger – I actually missed bensching at my own barmitzvah, because I was checking the Sunderland score with Leo!” Being the children of parents from Sunderland – and massive football fans – the Turner brothers suggested the name ‘Fulwell 73’ for their fledgling company. Sunderland last won the FA Cup in 1973, and the brothers would enjoy watching Sunderland games from the Fulwell end of the old Roker Park stadium. Football played a critical role in launching their company, with Pearlman revealing their break came following a chance encounter in a pub with television producers. “We managed to successfully pitch a show about kids playing freestyle football. Hardly anyone watched, but it ran for 20 weeks and really enabled us to try out material. By the end we were quite polished,” he explains. In 2013, the directors indulged their passion once more with the release of The Class of ’92, which chronicles the rise of six young Manchester United footballers who became international superstars. Pearlman says: “The favourite moment of my career was making The Class of ‘92. The old Manchester United players got together to play a five-a side game. It was David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and a bunch of youth team players they used to play with. “I drove up with James Cordon on a hot

summer’s day and just sat in the sun, drinking beer and watching those amazing players do their stuff. It was absolutely ridiculous,” he says shaking his head in near disbelief. For Turner, a special career highlight was working with Mo Farah and Usain Bolt during the 2016 Rio Olympics. “There wasn’t a particularly big contingent following British stars at Rio, as occurred in London, so watching Mo and Usain win five medals between them was spectacular. I loved filming with them and my genuine love of sport definitely made for better content.” With their growing success, the directors have become as globe-trotting as the international stars they have documented, but it’s not all glamorous, admits Turner. “The travelling is probably the worst part of the job. Of course, the experiences we have are incredible, but I have a young family and being away from my wife and kids can be difficult.” And despite regularly hanging out with the biggest stars on the globe, including One Direction, Justin Bieber, Jimmy Carr and Michael Mcintyre, both Turner and Pearlman remain committed to helping the Jewish community and make promotional videos for charities. All four grew up as members of Bnei Akiva and come from a modern orthodox background. Wherever possible, they have sought to take their Jewishness with them when travelling across the world - including making Seder from a motel in Dallas. “While filming In The Hands of The Gods, we were absolutely determined to do a seder night,” recalls Pearlman. “So we phoned up a kosher caterer, but they said the minimum order would need to be 20. We agreed – and my goodness there was a lot of Haroset!” he laughs. Looking back over their career highlights, it’s clear to see there’s plenty of camaraderie between the two directors – something that Turner attributes to much of Fulwell 73’s success to date. “I think that closeness and sense of adventure we had growing up stayed with us and explains much of our success,” he adds. “We’re different people, but we’re into the same kind of things and complement each other in our work.”



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Lifestyle / Eating out

Simply the Zest Jenni Frazer reviews the newly-opened meat pop-up restaurant, Zest at Bevis Marks


est opened its doors on the Finchley Road in 2013, the ying to JW3’s yang, upmarket kosher food with a Middle East twist, which attracted rave reviews when the cultural complex opened. Since those heady opening days, Zest has gone through various… convulsions. Many changes of menu, some sublime cooking and some hiccups – plus the decision, taken right at the start, to make Zest into a dairy restaurant, has meant it was not always a destination eating point as it was once hoped to be. Last year, however, Zest spread its wings a little when, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, it ran an all-too-brief but very successful pop-up restaurant, Taste of Syria, in the piazza of JW3. And for the first time people got some idea of what the kitchen could do with meat and poultry. Now, perhaps inspired by this experience, and the “popup” vibe, Zest has opened an intriguing meat restaurant at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the heart of the City. Bevis Marks has been the home to several restaurant ventures but, sadly, none of them has lasted. Intelligently, Zest at Bevis Marks is taking it slowly and running its new restaurant according to the rhythms of the City – opening only at lunchtimes, because the City becomes a desert at night – and, more interestingly, offering its food via a Deliveroo service to hungry workers in the vicinity. We went in the first week of service when it is usually unfair to judge any restaurant going through “soft opening” teething troubles – but, hand on heart, Zest at Bevis Marks passed with flying colours. JW3 Zest customers might recognise some of the furniture in the bright open space that adjoins Bevis Marks Synagogue itself, with an angled glassed-in roof shedding maximum light on the diners. There was, as yet, no alcohol licence, although that did not deter many of the obvious City workers attacking their lunch with determination. Perhaps it

will only be the restaurant’s other clientele, tourists, who will want a glass of something to go with their food. Considering this is a supervised kosher restaurant, the prices are not sky-high if shomer costs are factored in. The most expensive item on the menu is the £29 roasted rib-eye steak, which my companion pronounced really delicious. He asked – acknowledging the laws of kashrut – for his serving to be as rare as possible, and the kitchen duly obliged. Let us say that it was just short of moving on the plate, and he was highly delighted. We began with piquant starters – smoked salmon with caper vinaigrette and toasted sourdough for him (£8) – and mini lamb koftas with peanut salsa for me (£9). The starters included a couple of interesting-sounding vegetarian numbers, such as carrot hummus or crushed avocado and lotus crisps, served with the ubiquitous sourdough, but there doesn’t seem much point to me in going to a kosher meat restaurant unless you are going to eat the meat. While he was wolfing down the rib-eye, I decided on rasel-hanout salt beef, (£19) which arrived with a potato and chive salad. This was nothing like the Ashkenazi salt beef with which we are all so familiar: delicately marinaded and beautifully presented, it was a slow joy to eat. To be honest, we could have had just mains for lunch and skipped the starters, as the portions were more than generous, but we were both greedy and curious. Just the same, neither of us had room for dessert, and at the moment there is only a choice of two: orange and almond cake, or chocolate mousse (both £6). I eyed the mousse being served to a couple behind us with disbelief; a huge portion and the diner eating it scraped every morsel out of the serving glass, almost rendering the vessel not worthwhile washing. Some of the items on the menu seem better designed for lunch-at-a-desk — smoked mackerel challah sandwich, for example, with harissa aioli, apple slaw and grated roe (£9), or aubergine dumplings with couscous and fattoush salad (£14).

Clockwise from left: Sticky lemongrass chicken wings; orange and almond cake and salt beef with ras-el-hanout. Above: Zest at Bevis Marks Synagogue

I am fascinated to know in what state the shakshuka (£9) arrives after its journey in a Deliveroo bag, as the dish should be piping hot. Maybe that’s something that is better eaten in. At the moment, the plan is for Zest at Bevis Marks to open until Pesach and then reopen after, perhaps into the summer, if the venture is a success. I really hope it works, because there is nowhere kosher to eat in the City. Currently it’s going to open Monday to Thursday, 11am until 3pm. The one day on which it could open, however, is Sunday, when tourists are around, and even London residents driving into Spitalfields or Columbia Road Flower Market wouldn’t have far to go for a different kind of kosher dining experience. For me, Zest at Bevis Marks is definitely destination eating.  Zest, Bevis Marks Synagogue, London EC3, is open Mondays to Thursdays, 11am to 3pm. Bookings: 020 7433 8955.

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Orthodox Judaism


Tsav and Hagadol

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BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS It’s that time of year again: Pesach is nearly upon us, and we need to remind ourselves of our duties. On Shabbat HaGadol, we read a special Haftorah, from the book of Malachi, which contains the verse: “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.” [Malachi 3:23] The history of this is interesting. Elijah is traditionally the harbinger of the Messiah, who it is said would be more likely to come and bring redemption on one of the foot-festivals, like Pesach, Shavuot or Succot. This passage used to be read before all three of those festivals, since they were the most apposite seasons. However, Pesach has more associations with Elijah and redemption than any other time of year. This is why the Shabbat before Pesach became the one occasion we read that Haftorah, although Zedekiah ben Abraham Anav (1210 – c. 1280) writes in his Shibbolei HaLeket that this applies to every festival. Other reasons are given for this special Shabbat. This was the first mitzvah given to us Jews as a people. The Egyptians also learnt of the final plague on this day and their firstborn fought Pharaoh trying (unsuccessfully) to gain our release. We turned from idolatrous practices to God who is great (gadol). This is also the day when a very long sermon makes the day feel equally long. Traditionally, we read the Haggadah over Mincha, to ready ourselves for the festival. Wishing you a happy and kosher Pesach.

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The Pharoah of the 18th dynasty who enslaved the Hebrews was very close to Moses, born to Hebrews and raised as an adopted child in the palace. One could understand Pharaoh for presiding over the system of slave labour, but not forgive him for cruelty with which it was inflicted. Whether this Pharoah was Ramses II, Tutankhamun or Akhenaten is not possible to confirm, mainly because the Torah insists on titles of respect. However, such respect is even more insisted upon as due to the Almighty. Until Pharaoh admitted that he


could not override God’s will, the slaves could not be freed. The Torah’s depiction of Egyptian slavery outlines the relationship Israelites have had with the law of the land. No law ought to enslave or supress, yet rebellious uprising without trying every available legal channel of appeal is not promoted by the Torah. The ruler, however cruel, is addressed respectfully and given a chance to recognise God. Even Pharoah was given 10 chances before the Hebrews left Egypt. As Pharoah failed to take advantage of the chances handed to him by the Almighty, he and his people complicit in the slavery were punished before being petitioned again. Sadly, even after the final plague that killed Pharoah’s own child, he agreed to chase after the Israelites, drowning his army in the sea doing so. The later prophetic view of Pharaoh is of an arrogant despot who believed he was so omnipotent that he had created himself and that the Nile was the eternal cradle of his creation.


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Progressive Judaism

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The Bible Says What? ‘Cut off Jews who pass on Pesach’

How important is Prince William’s visit to Israel?

RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN Perhaps it seems shocking for those using a clash with Easter or the school holidays to skip Pesach this year, but the Torah proscribes being cut off from your people as a punishment (Numbers 9:13). The portion accounts for situations that arose regularly in the ancient world preventing our ancestors fulfilling the mitzvot of observing Pesach at its appointed time. Two reasons are given: being ritually impure, or on a ‘long’ journey. In response, God legislates a month’s window to make the appropriate offerings. However, there is good news for those who still miss Pesach, even with a leeway of a month – the rabbis interpreted the punishment as a spiritual rather a physical one. This is an extraordinary amendment to a written law by clarification and development, so that the original law is not denied, but a new inclusive path is found.

This is halacha in its most flexible and inclusive. Manuscripts with the word for ‘long’ with a dot over it point out a creative interpretation: ‘Long’ can mean anywhere outside the Temple. Today, some rabbis have forgotten to be bold with halacha. I would argue it is this inflexibility that cuts people off by making our religion inaccessible in the modern world. As a liberal rabbi, I want as many Jewish households as possible to experience a seder. I’m less concerned over the exact moment of its occurrence, or that every ritual is observed, than the opportunity is made possible and accessible for all. We cannot do anything about those who wish to cut themselves off, but we can do everything to count them in.  Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH Like nearly 75 percent of our community’s 16-year-olds who embark on an organised visit to Israel for the first time, Prince William will also make his inaugural visit to the Jewish state, this summer. The prince’s experience will be rather more comfortable accommodation wise than that of our teenagers – more King David Hotel than Yitzhak Rabin Hostel – and involve fewer late nights around the campfire. Yet it will be no less significant to the growth of his understanding of Israel than it is to our teenagers. There has never been a state visit to Israel from Britain. Israel has not been among the more than 100 countries that the Queen has visited and when Prince Charles attended the funerals of Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, and Prince Philip visited the grave of his mother on the Mount of Olives, there was no further interaction with Israel and her people. Prince William is going to visit

Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan. In doing so he is going to bring attention to lands which are inextricably linked to each other and can thrive with peace. Like anyone who wants to know Israel, rather than voice uniformed opinions, he will benefit greatly from having seen the land, met its people, experienced its complexities and witnessed its potential. When our teenagers return from Israel, they come back understanding

why the Jewish state matters so much to Jews the world over. If their programme has been deep and rich with discussion of the political situation, they will understand why Israel’s Arabs must thrive alongside her Jews and residents of the West Bank and why Gaza must also be able to live with dignity and progress. Prince William’s visit is going to shine a spotlight on these issues and will show that Britain is committed to the future of the State of Israel, alongside a yet to be formed neighbouring state for Palestinians. If you don’t go to Israel you cannot know Israel. If when you visit you see only Jewish aspects of the state, you miss the potential of its mix of peoples and the example of co-operative living that Israel could present to the Middle East. This visit has the potential to bringing both to life for our fellow Britons.  Mark Goldsmith is rabbi of Alyth Synagogu

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Dear Emily There are many children of Israelis who have made aliyah in a situation similar to yours. A child born to an Israeli parent is automatically entitled to Israeli citizenship, regardless of how old their mother or father was when they left Israel. Technically you would be considered an ezrach oleh – an Israeli citizen born abroad to at least one parent who held Israeli citizenship at the time of their birth. Regardless of being an oleh chadash or ezrach oleh, anyone who was born and raised outside the borders of Israel and then decides to immigrate to Israel, their status would not interfere with them gaining full immigration rights. There are, however, some technical differences in terms of paperwork for an ezrach oleh, which we would be happy to guide you through, so do feel free to contact us.

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Kisharon trekkers in a winter wonderland MOUNTAINEERING Eight adventurous trekkers scaled the UK’s highest peak this week when they took part in Kisharon’s Ben Nevis Winter challenge. The eight particpants – mother and daughter Suzanne and Lucy Weiniger, 13, Ian Liss, David Bloom, Shaun Ledgerwood, Gideon Krotosky and Kisharon’s Shani Mirwis and Richard Franklin – all received specialist winter skills training before embarking on the 4,408ft climb and have so far raised £27,000, just £3,000 short of their target. Having completed the challenge, they then took part in a post-climb tour of the Dalwhinnie and Oban whiskey distilleries. Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley

Jacobson said: “We’re so grateful to all those who answered Kisharon’s Ben Nevis Winter Challenge and who invested so much of their time and energy in training and raising funds for our essential services in support of children and adults with learning difficulties. “We strongly believe in empowering the people we support and giving them the tools to achieve their potential and open up unimagined opportunities for them. By taking on the challenge, our intrepid explorers have identified with the  people we support who face challenges daily. “They have inspired us with their fundraising and raised awareness about people with learning difficulties and the importance of encouraging every individual to play an active role in our community.”

WJR women run in Mo’s footsteps


Julia Robertson and Lauren Harris were among World Jewish Relief’s five runners at the inaugural Big Half – a half-marathon set up by the London Marathon organisers. Joining Mo Farah for the race – who finished an hour ahead of the duo – the two helped raise more than £1,000 to support the work of the international development charity. Julia, who finished in a time of 2:13:41, said: “It was a real pleasure and also a real challenge”, while Lauren, who finished one second behind, said: “I was honoured to run for such an excellent cause.” WJR’s Head of External Affairs, Richard Verber, added: “We’d like to thank our runners, the money raised will go towards improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable Jewish communities.”


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Dina at the double! It was a case of lightning striking twice for Dina Silverman as she once again won gold at the Barnet Primary Schools Cross Country run. Open to all Barnet state schools, the 10-year-old Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School pupil competed against 80 other runners over the 1,500m race. Her mother, Zoe, who runs with her, said: “Dina has always been the fastest runner at her school – although we


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Team purring after thrashing Catford FOOTBALL FC Team kept up their Division Two promotion push as a hat-trick from Rob Sanford – in his first game of the season – helped them on the way to an emphatic 7-0 win. Richard Salmon (pictured), Marc Hecht, Adam Rones and player-manager Mitch Young were also all on target, with the latter saying: “I’m delighted with the performance considering the conditions. This was a great warm-up match for our big cup quarter-final where we’re looking forward to pitting our wits against the competition favourites.” The only other game to take place on Sunday was a Barry Goldstein Trophy tie, which saw Faithfold B knock Hertswood Vale out on penalties.

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