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British cop saves Israeli from armed Jerusalem gang Hero up for bravery award after rescuing man from hammer attack An Essex policeman has been nominated for a bravery award after saving the life of a Jewish man from Jerusalem who was violently attacked, writes Jenni Frazer. Detective Sergeant Richard Burgess (pictured, inset) told Jewish News this week that he “didn’t think twice” despite nearly being killed in last year’s vicious incident. But he did detect “God’s purpose” in helping the Jewish man. DS Burgess, 45, who is based in Rayleigh, has served in Essex and the intelligence community and has been a police officer for 25 years. But his real ambition is to become a priest, and he has been studying with Canon David Tudor of St Nicholas’ Church in Canvey Island. Together with friends from the police – PC Sophie Ford and PC Katharine Pearson – DS Burgess was making his first visit to Israel on a pilgrimage tour arranged by the church. The group’s week-long visit was nearly at an end when, at DS Burgess’ initiative, they arrived the grave of Oskar Schindler, who saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. Schindler is buried in the Catholic cemetery on Mount Zion, near the Old City’s Zion Gate. The police officer has worked as a historian and a Holocaust guide, teaching many young people and guiding them around sites in eastern Europe. “Because I’d been to the

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Schindler factory in Poland [where Schindler employed the Jews he saved], I wanted to go to see where he and his wife were buried and pay my respects,” DS Burgess said. “As we came out of the cemetery, there was a young child screaming in an alleyway opposite, and a woman who pointed down the alley and was begging, ‘please help’ in broken English. “I saw three Arab-looking males assaulting a Jewish man wearing a kippah. I saw him being dragged and assaulted, and some sort of noxious substance appeared to have been sprayed at his face because his eyes were streaming.” The burly police officer ran down the alley “without a thought”. He said: “I curled my arm around one of the men – who was hitting the Jewish man with a belt, which he was using as a knuckleduster – and put him in a headlock. With my other arm, I pulled at the Jewish man’s clothing and literally threw him up the alley, shouting ‘go, go!’ He soon got the message.” But the drama was not over, as the men began hitting DS Burgess round the face with the belt buckle. “A third man came into the area with a claw hammer and hit me on the back of my head.” The police officer slumped against the wall and the assailant raised the hammer once more – and this second blow could have killed him. Continued on page 3

THE JEWS OF THE ROCK We speak to Jewish residents of Gibraltar about life on the sundrenched peninsula Page 28

A Maccabiah marriage! Couple ties the knot during the opening ceremony of the Jewish sporting spectacle in Israel Page 2


Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has hit back at film director Ken Loach over criticism of the band’s concert in Israel next week. Responding to calls to cancel the show, Yorke said: “Music and art is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones.” Editorial comment, page 16

Coming out strong Former Chasid Izzy Posen on why modern Orthodoxy must sever ties with his former community Pages 20


Jewish News 13 July 2017


News / Middle East report / Balfour debate

Report: Irish lesson key to peace in Middle East The lessons from Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement of the 1998 form the background to a remarkable new report about the Israeli-Palestine conflict, issued this week by Bicom, writes Jenni Frazer. Written by Professor Ned Lazarus of George Washington University, an expert on peacebuilding in Israel and the West Bank, the report highlights the importance of financial support for peace. It notes that an International Fund for Ireland was in place 12 years before the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and that it continues its work today, 32 years later. The Bicom report urges support for the launch of an International Fund for IsraeliPalestinian Peace, and says Britain should not only join it but donate “significantly”. Lazarus’ report considers successful peace-building projects, and concludes that “peace-building works” but needs the guarantee of an international fund to ensure projects continue. It notes: “Peacebuilding programmes significantly improve Israeli and Palestinian participants’ attitudes to one other. Ninety percent of participants in a project run by the Near East Foundation said they trusted the other community more after being in the programme”. One Palestinian participant in the UMIDEAST programme said: “I clicked instantly with the Israeli teachers. The (non-Palestinian) Arabs were mad at us – they wanted to be for the Palestinians, and yet we were working with the Israelis. “I realised that one of the things I need to work on is that the other is not a monster, and is not necessarily going after me, and I can build relationships with them that will change their lives and my life.” She recalled the summer of 2002, after taking part in the programme: “We were

Above: Hamas terrorists. Left: Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern sign the Good Friday Agreement

Lazarus says in the report: “To mobilise the “silent majority” in Israel, peace must not be the trademark of a demographically identifable “peace camp,” but a cross-cutting agenda championed by a coalition of “peace camps,” rooted in multiple constituencies.” Jonathan Powell, chief British negotiator during the Northern Ireland peace process,, said: “We know from Northern Ireland that long-term grassroots peacebuilding between the contending parties is always essential to achieving peace.” Bicom’s James Sorene said: “This report is a wake-up call for the UK government and its partners around the world to increase their investments in dialogue and peace-building projects in Israel and the West Bank.”

hit by a wave of violence, assassinations, suicide bombings, and I would run to the phone, check on the internet after these teachers from Israel, making sure they were not on the bus, them or their children. And they were doing the same [for us].” Another key finding is that “peacebuilding projects change policy. For example Eco-Peace, an Israeli-PalestinianJordanian environmental NGO, has helped Israel double its water supply to the Palestinian Authority”. The report also cites the work of the Hand-in-Hand schools network, which teaches Jews and Arabs together and is oversubscribed.


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In one of the most pro-Israel debates heard in Parliament for years, peer after peer highlighted the Jewish state’s achievements in a House of Lords commemoration of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, writes Jenni Frazer. One hundred years ago, the then Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, wrote to Lord Rothschild that Britain favoured the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. The Declaration has remained a deeply divisive document ever since, with Palestinians rejecting it while most Jews have embraced it. Opening the debate, Labour peer Lord Turnberg said Israel owed “an enormous debt” to Britain for the Balfour Declaration, which he called “a hopelessly optimistic idea” that had no legal enforcement until the San Remo conference of postFirst World War allies in 1920.

He added: “Britain too has a lot to be grateful for. We should celebrate the fact that we provided the foundations of a democratic state in a part of the world where democracy is in very short supply.” But former Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Jenny Tonge complained that the two minutes allotted to speakers was “an insult to Palestinian people all over the world”. It was, she claimed, a “disgrace that the government puts trade [with Israel] above everything else” Action needed to be taken against Israel, she said, urging the British government to support a boycott of Israeli goods. Almost every speaker, including Lord Monroe Palmer, spoke warmly about Israel and praised its contributions as a democratic state in the Middle East – a legacy, many peers said, from Britain.


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Ambassadors unite / Charity move / Police hero / News

Israeli and Jordanian envoys speak of peace A packed audience at a United Synagogue breakfast this week heard both the Israeli and the Jordanian ambassadors to the UK speak warmly and optimistically of the opportunities for wider peace in the region, writes Jenni Frazer. But although mutual compliments were shared by Mark Regev and Mazen Hamoud, the Arab diplomat – who is returning to Amman shortly after five years in London – left no one in any doubt where he stood on the matter of Jerusalem and the West Bank. Responding to a question from the audience, Hamoud declared: “You can’t forget that East Jerusalem and the West Bank are occupied territories under every sort of international law. There is nothing which cannot be

Jordanian envoy Mazen Hamoud with new United Synagogue president Michael Goldstein and Israeli envoy Mark Regev

administered and [the subject of Jerusalem] is still left for negotiation.” But that was the only gloomy note in a cheerful meeting that marked the first public appearance by the newly-

elected United Synagogue president, Michael Goldstein. He recalled his time as a governor of Kantor King Solomon High School and its new science and technology

block. It was suggested, he said, that he invite King Hussein of Jordan to open the block, so he had written a letter to the monarch – “and I forgot about it”. Ten weeks later, however, the royal secretary had replied to say that the king would be “delighted” to open the school’s new department. “It was magnificent,” he recalled. “He flew over in his helicopter and radiated happiness and warmth.” Regev also had fond memories of the late Jordanian monarch. Noting that this year marked 23 years of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, he said there had been “ups and downs, but the treaty has stood the test of time”. One of the most difficult times for the two countries, he said, had been in March 1997, when seven Israeli school-

girls had been murdered on the border by a terrorist wearing Jordanian army uniform. “King Hussein came personally to Beit Shemesh [the home of the schoolgirls] and visited the family of each of the girls to pay his respects. For us Israelis, he earned a place in history, as a leader who is leading and not merely following”. Both envoys spoke with confidence about the opportunities for peace and expanding on the two existing treaties Israel has with Arab countries. Regev said Israel was speaking to “governments in North Africa and the Gulf, and we are seeing a convergence of national security interests, where people are understanding that Israel is not the enemy and that it is an important ally against extremism.”


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Work Avenue boss Shraga Zaltzman is to step down after a decade at the helm of one of the community’s leading employment charities. Chief executive Zaltzman, awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to enterprise and employment, will take up a senior position outside the charity sector. Trustees this week paid tribute to his “tireless work”. Chief operating officer Debbie Sheldon, who is also a teacher and coun-

Continued from page 1 “I managed to raise myself up – I’m a big bloke – opened my arms wide and shouted at them.” The men shouted back for him to leave and Canon Tudor and his police colleagues made certain the children of the injured Jewish resident were safe. Two men were later convicted of assault and DS Burgess made his way back to the pilgrimage

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sellor, will take over later this year. Zaltzman said: “It was my privilege to have led them in creating a charity that is able to help anyone at any stage to increase their earning potential. I’m confident Debbie is the right person to take Work Avenue to its next stage.” Work Avenue has helped 8,000 people find jobs or set up on their own. This year it became a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

coach and safety. His colleagues nominated him for a Police Federation Bravery Award, which is due to be presented this evening. Steve Taylor, chair of Essex Police Federation, said: “Sgt Burgess’ actions are in the finest traditions of British policing. Even though this attack occurred in Israel while he was on holiday, this did not stop Richard from stepping in and doing the right thing, potentially saving a man’s life.”


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News / Palestine Expo

British Jewish charities ‘fund Israeli Occupation’ by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer


he controversial South African sheikh who quoted a Joseph Goebbels speech referring to Jews as “fleas” said this week he thought it was “fair” to say “that a people who had gone though oppression should not mete it out to others”. Sheikh Ebrahim Bham was a keynote speaker on the second day of the Palestine Expo, a multicultural series of workshops, seminars, lectures and cultural events, held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. Organisers of the event, which bore a close resemblance to Limmud in its volunteerism, claimed that 10,000 people attended on the first day, but were unsure of numbers on the second day, when no charges were made for entry. Certainly almost every event was packed out, particularly Bham’s session, which was billed as an examination of Jerusalem’s importance to the three Abrahamic faiths. However, Judaism’s connections to Jerusalem were

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not presented; instead Bham spoke about the links between Islam and Jerusalem, while the Rev Chris Rose, chair and founder of Kairos Britain, referred to the “Judaisation of Jerusalem” having “advanced at a rapid rate”, noting that the “Orthodox Jewish community” had grown rapidly and now formed 12 percent of the population. Ismail Patel, chair of the Friends of Al Aqsa, which staged the Palestine Expo, introduced Bham and said that after his comments on “Jews and fleas” had appeared in the press, the organisers had done “due diligence”. He said: “We can’t allow someone who says things like this. So having received the transcript, we see he was quoting Goebbels. As far as we were concerned, that was sufficient to show that he was not an anti-Semite. ” Attempts to get the Sheikh to clarify quite why he had been citing Goebbels in the first place proved fruitless, however. Both he and Patel referred reporters to his statement, which was issued after the press reports appeared. In it, Bham said: “I clearly use this quote to show how the Nazis had viewed and treated the

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Above: A packed audience listens to expo speakers. Inset: Professor David Miller

Jewish people as subhuman. I categorically did not agree and do not agree with any subhuman categorisation of the Jewish community or any other people”. But he goes on: “I then say that this dehumanisation treatment is being meted out to Palestinians by the state of Israel itself.” Rose, who said his mission was “not to bring Israel to its knees, but to its senses”, spoke of Israel as “a colonial project” and said that while there were those who believed Zionism was part of Christianity, “we have to denounce and deny that”. He believed that “most or those who say that stuff are highly anti-Semitic, even though they claim to champion Israel”. While urging renewed support for the boycott campaign, even Rose acknowledged it “narrowed the choices” when buying goods such as laptops. Earlier, Professor David Miller of the University of Bath gave a detailed presentation in which he told a packed audience about a variety of UK Jewish charities which, he claimed, “financially support the Occupation”, including the Israel Defence Forces and settlements. Miller is also director of Spinwatch, which does research on lobbying groups. Its most recent work looks at aspects of “the Israel lobby”, based on data of Charity Commission filings. “We looked at the background of these charities and their trustees. Many of them are rich individuals associated with the business sector.” He broke down the donations into four sections: what he called the “national institutions”, the IDF, the Jerusalem Foundation and the settlements. Four bodies, Miller said, were “the backbone of the transnational Zionist movement” — the Jewish National Fund

(JNF), the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organisation and the Zionist Federation. These groups, he said, had a “parastatal” role in Israel, and JNF in particular he singled out as “active in stealing Palestinian land”. The ambiguity of status, he said, allowed the groups to elude accountability. He then identified the UK charities that supported the Israeli groups; and broke things down further by specifying British Jews who gave money to such charities. On his list was Community Security Trust founder Gerald Ronson and the Bernard Lewis Foundation, who he said were “involved in support of settlements”. Miller said the Jerusalem Foundation “presents itself as politically neutral” and suggested that some of its trustees – such as Dame Janet Wolfson de Botton – were “liberal Zionists, not hardline Zionists”, and might not be aware of the use to which their money was put. He called for more focus on where money from such charities went and the use to which the funds were put, and said more complaints should be made to the Charities Commission about their activities. One man, named as Jason Silver, claims to have been ejected from the Palestine Expo conference on Saturday after he put on a kippah. He told a police officer, who secured a refund for him, that he had been attending sessions for three and a half hours before he decided to put on the kippah, and said that he was immediately told to leave by security staff without having been given a reason. The officer told him that since Palestine Expo was a private event, the organisers were entitled to monitor attendance how they liked. The man said he would prepare a complaint to the Met and said that there had been antiSemitic statements inside some of the workshops.

13 July 2017 Jewish News



Rabbis listed / Russian ties / News NEWS IN BRIEF

CAMDEN MARKET FIRE ONLY CAUSED ‘LIMITED DAMAGE’ The Israeli-owned company that runs Camden Market says there was only limited damage caused to the area after an “isolated” fire on Sunday night. Around 70 firefighters tackled a huge blaze that tore through a building in London’s famous Camden Lock Market. Market Tech, the major shareholder in Camden Lock Market, was founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagy, who is also its majority shareholder.

REPORTER SIDELINED AFTER CHICAGO DYKE MARCH STORY The journalist who reported the ejection of three Jewish women from the Chicago Dyke March has been relieved of her reporting duties. Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a reporter for the Windy City Times, a Chicago lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newspaper, has been moved to the sales desk. Hammond was the first to report that three women were kicked out of the 24 June LGBT parade for carrying rainbow flags with Jewish stars.

Anger as Israeli rabbinate ‘blacklists’ British rabbis British rabbis have condemned a so-called “blacklist” published in the name of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate of those it deems unworthy of verifying Jewish identity. Rabbis from 24 countries, including the UK, are named, among whom are “Rabbi Blue”, believed to be the late progressive leader Lionel Blue, former West London Synagogue senior rabbi Mark Winer and Rabbi Rodney Mariner – formerly of Belsize Square Synagogue. While it is no surprise the list includes names of prominent progressive leaders, it also features British Orthodox rabbi Daniel Glass, who has worked at the Jewish Learning Exchange. Reform Judaism’s Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “This reflects a worrying direction. We are seeing increasing levels of prejudice and baseless hatred. It demonstrates the importance of continuing to campaign for full religious pluralism and freedom.”

Danny Rich of, Liberal Judaism’s Senior Rabbi, said: “There is a real danger that what might have been a single national Jewish identity will become two Jewish peoples and the raison d’etre of Zionism will have disappeared and Israel may become just another theocratic backwater in the Middle East.” A statement referencing Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, said: “The Chief Rabbi was shocked to discover this list. This was done without the rabbi’s knowledge or his agreement. How can a list like this be publicised without the rabbi being made aware of the list itself or of its publication? The results of this are very serious. An employee in the Chief Rabbinate cannot decide on his own to publicise who the Rabbinate approves or not. “Second, the damage this does to certain rabbis

cannot be exaggerated – including to the Chief Rabbinate.” The list’s publication comes after a clash between progressive Jewish leaders and the Chief Rabbinate over how to determine Jewish identity. In June, Israel’s Cabinet advanced a bill that would give the Chief Rabbinate authority over all official Jewish conversions within Israel. Following an outcry, the bill was shelved for six months. Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, David Lau

Trump Jr Russian talk set up by British Jew It’s a long way from King David Junior School in Manchester to being the man at the focus of the latest scandal to hit Donald Trump’s administration – but Rob Goldstone, 57, made international headlines this week. Goldstone, whose father Isaac was a founder of the Hillock Hebrew Congregation in Bury, north Manchester, is the former journalist and music publicist who wooed President Trump’s son, Donald Jr, to meet a Russian lawyer during the US presidential elections. In a series of damaging emails between the two men – released by Trump Jr himself in an apparent effort to spike the guns of The New York Times – Goldstone invited the then-candidate’s

son to a meeting with Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. In a statement to the New York Post, Goldstone confirmed the invitation, and said: “The lawyer had apparently stated she had some information regarding illegal campaign contributions to the [Democratic National Committee] which she believed Mr Trump Jr might find important.” The emails have fuelled speculation the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to win last year’s presidential election. In one of his responses to Goldstone, Donald Trump Jr writes “Love it” at the prospect of the potentially damaging information.



Jewish News 13 July 2017

News / US election / Synagogue shuts

Goldstein warning after election as United Synagogue president The newly-elected president of the United Synagogue, Michael Goldstein, told Jewish News that “one of the most important messages to take out of the recent JPR report is that none of us can take our membership for granted”. Goldstein, 54, who won a contested election over Russell Kett on Monday, added: “Gone are the days when people would join a shul as a matter of course. Today, we need strong local communities who connect meaningfully with all of their members and who express values that speak to people living in the 21st century. “For the United Synagogue, this means embracing modernity, articulating our commitment to inclusivity and retaining a commitment to our authentic, Orthodox tradition.” Last week, a JPR report commissioned by the Board of Deputies revealed that while there were more synagogues than ever in the UK, shul membership was declining. But Goldstein, who has been elected for a four-year-term, told members of the US Council: “My manifesto made clear that the US must be at the

From left: Saul Taylor, Andrew Eder, Leonie Lewis, Michael Goldstein, Doreen Samuels. Maxwell Nisner, Claire Lemer and Barry Shaw

centre of inclusive Orthodoxy. Eight trustees were also elected. Maxwell Nisner was voted in as treasurer alongside Andrew Eder, Barry Shaw and Saul Taylor as male honorary officers. Reappointed as female honorary officers were Claire Lemer, Leonie Lewis and Doreen Samuels. Fleurise Lewis was elected for the first time. Goldstein – whose brother Jonathan is chair of the Jewish Leadership Council and other brother, Daniel, is president of the Kinor

David Synagogue in Ra’anana, Israel – said: “Every one of the outgoing trustees has made a real contribution to the future of our community.” Their parents, Jerry and Ann, said: “We have always tried to live by the principles our parents taught us: to stick together as a family, to be good Jews, and to give back to the community. We know that being leaders of the community is not an easy task and we really admire their desire to put themselves forward and try to make a difference.”

Final Shabbat service held at Hendon Reform Synagogue An emotional service in the presence of 500 congregants marked Hendon Reform Synagogue’s final Shabbat on Saturday in its building on Danescroft Avenue, writes Brigit Grant. Although the community is merging with Edgware Reform, it was with a heavy heart that Rabbi Steven Katz made a farewell speech from the bimah on which he has been standing since 1975. He joined Danescroft as an associate rabbi alongside his late father, rabbi Dr Arthur Katz, who was minister from when the shul opened in 1968. Over the past 53 years, the building has been the scene of thousands of festival celebrations, a thriving JACS club, a nursery school and countless weddings and barmitzvahs. Members will now either make the journey to Edgware Reform on Stonegrove or join other shuls. “It is very difficult because I know everyone here and it feels like home,” said one long-standing member.

Final simcha: Rabbi Steven Katz, right, with barmitzvah boy Daniel Fields and Dr Paul Fields

The main hall, with its many commemorative staineglass windows, is now up for sale with Savills along with the rest of the space, although the windows with dedications will be used in a future extension in Edgware or taken by relatives. On 1 July, Rabbi Katz officiated at the barmitzvah of JCoSS pupil Daniel Fields, the last at the synagogue, made all the more special because the boy’s father, Dr Paul Fields was one of Rabbi Katz’s first barmitzvahs in 1977. It was another special moment in Danescroft’s history.

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Mayor calls for full Hezbollah ban London’s mayor has urged the home secretary to fully ban Hezbollah – becoming the most high-profile figure to do so in recent weeks, writes Justin Cohen. Sadiq Khan told Labour London Assembly Member (AM) Andrew Dismore he would write to Amber Rudd after flags of the terror group were openly flown during the Al Quds parade in the capital last month, with the police taking no action. Figures from across the political spectrum have called for a change in the law to proscribe the political wing, just as the military wing already is. Hezbollah – whose own leaders acknowledge the two wings are one and the same – is banned in full by the US, Canada and the Arab League. The legal loophole was exposed during the latest parade when organisers pinned disclaimers to the flags that feature a rifle, stressing support for the political wing. Sadiq Khan told Jewish News: “I share the concerns of London’s Jewish

community and others about support shown for Hezbollah, an illegal, proscribed and anti-Semitic organisation, at the annual Al Quds Day march. Anti-Semitism or hate crime of any kind has no place in our city, where we don’t just tolerate diversity, we respect and celebrate it. “I remain in contact with the Met Commissioner about this issue, and will be writing to the Home Secretary to make strong representations on behalf of London’s Jewish communities about their legitimate and understandable concerns. “I will continue to work with the Met and communities across the capital to do everything in my power to crack down on extremism and ensure London’s Jewish communities feel safe and secure in London.” Two weeks ago there was a clash between Khan and Conservative AM Andrew Boff, who urged him to write to Rudd. The mayor refused

to commit at the time, saying only he would make a decision after assessing other representations. Boff said: “We welcome news that the mayor has finally been pressured into taking action against this appalling antiSemitic organisation but why has it taken him weeks to do so? “He is taking action now because he was asked again by a member of his own party and is under pressure to act.” Board of Deputies’ vice president Marie van der Zyl said: “This is a welcome step by the mayor, which is fully supported by the Board of Deputies. Dismore said: “I have spent over a decade campaigning for the complete proscription of Hezbollah, as I believe the distinction made between the ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings to be utterly bogus.” Marchers at the Al Quds Day parade proudly display Hezbollah flags

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Jewish News 13 July 2017

News / Sought-after salmon / Project award / World briefs

UK’s oldest smoked salmon is a lox star Britain’s oldest smoked salmon business, H Forman and Sons, has been awarded the sought-after Protected Geographical Indication, or PGI, status, after a four-year-long application process, writes Jenni Frazer. Owner and chairman of the East London-based company, Lance Forman, said the achievement of PGI was “thrilling”. The status has been awarded to Forman’s “London Cure” smoked salmon, which also has kosher certification. Forman said: “Not only is this the first smoked salmon in the world to achieve this award, but it is the first London-based food or drink to be recognised for this

accreditation.” Granting a food product PGI status entitles it to be the only such product allowed to describe itself as from a particular region or area – as with Champagne or Gorgonzola. To mark what Forman described as “a historic milestone in our 112-year-old family business”, who better to invite to celebrate than the Secretary of State for Environment and Food, Michael Gove MP – whose adoptive father ran a fish processing business in Aberdeen. Gove was due to join the Forman family at the salmon smokehouse today (Thursday).

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3D HOLOCAUST PROJECT UP FOR TOP AWARD A cutting-edge project featuring 3D interactive holograms of Holocaust survivors that tell their stories and answer questions has been nominated for a major award. The Forever Project at the National Holocaust Centre in Nottingham has reached the finals in the National Lottery Awards, the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Competing for a £5,000 cash prize in the Best Heritage Project category, the innovative exhibit, which was unveiled in February, features the testimonies of 10 survivors answering more than 1,400 of the most common questions

that the Forever Project has made it through to the National Lottery Awards. Thanks to its funding, we can make sure that the testimonies of Holocaust survivors are never lost. “We hope that our family and communities can get behind this project and vote for us.” The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will be broadcast on BBC1 in September. In 3D: Survivor Martin Stern

asked by children. Sarah Coward of the National Holocaust Centre said: “It’s amazing

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A US congressman has removed and apologised for a video he filmed at Auschwitz likening the threats posed to Jews during the Holocaust to those facing the United States today. “I filmed the Auschwitz message with humility,” said Rep. Clay Higgins, a Republican. “My Auschwitz video has been removed, and my sincere apology for any unintended pain is extended.” [JTA]

Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of President Donald Trump, laid a wreath at the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland a day after her father was rebuked by Jewish leaders in that country for not visiting the same site. She was at the Monument for the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw shortly before her father laid a wreath and made a speech at the nearby Warsaw Uprising Memorial.

A famous hall in Amsterdam bearing the name of a former city official who helped deport Jews to their deaths will be renamed. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan’s decision about the conference hall named after Piet Mijksenaar followed a call last year by the centre for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, to scrap the honour that the city had conferred on Mijksenaar more than 30 years ago. [JTA]

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London Pride / Labour election / Knife attack / News WORLD NEWS BRIEFS

FRENCH JEWS AGED TWO MONTHS TO 92 YEARS MAKE ALIYAH Two hundred French Jews arrived in Israel on Monday on a special aliyah flight. The flight, which included 74 children and teenagers, was organised by The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, and Keren Hayesod-UIA. The youngest immigrant is two months old and the oldest, 92, is making aliyah with his daughter and her husband.

UNESCO PLACES HEBRON’S OLD TOWN ON DANGER LIST The Unesco World Heritage committee has put the West Bank city of Hebron’s Old Town on its list of world heritage in danger, drawing criticism from Israel. The decision was taken in Krakow, Poland, on a proposal from the Palestinian side. The secret vote was 12-3 with six abstentions. Israel said the decision’s wording ignores its historic links to the city. The Israeli delegate left the session in protest.

Record number of Jews celebrate London Pride The biggest delegation of Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community members turned out for the London Pride parade on Saturday, writes Francine Wolfisz. Around 200 people from six organisations marched alongside thousands of others through the capital. KeshetUK, a Jewish LGBT advocacy group, led the delegation, which was represented by the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group, Gay Jews in London, the Beit Klal Yisrael Liberal Jewish community, Jewish lesbian and gay parenting group Imahot v’Avot and Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians. Dave Shaw, founding trustee of Keshet UK and chairman of GJIL, said: “Our huge group was greeted by a rapturous reception along the parade route.” Some marchers wore a T-shirt with an amalgamation of the yellow star and pink

LABOUR HAS GIFT OF GABBAY Avi Gabbay will lead Israel’s Labour Party after defeating his opponent in the second round of primaries. On Monday, Gabbay (pictured), who switched to the centre-left Labour party several months ago from smaller centre-right party Kulanu, won the election, garnering 52 percent of the vote. His opponent, Amir Peretz, a former Labour head and defence minister got 47 percent of the vote. Gabbay, a former environmental protection minister who was seen as a dark horse candidate in the Labour race,

and Peretz advanced to the second round of voting after beating current opposition leader Isaac Herzog in the first party primaries last week. Labour serves in the Knesset as part of the opposition bloc Zionist Union in partnership with the small Hatnua party.

RSY-Netzer members celebrate at this year’s Pride

triangle in memory of Jewish and LGBT+ victims of the Holocaust. The design also featured the slogan, ‘And I will always love Jew’ in homage to US singer Whitney Houston. Surat-Shaan Knan, project manager of Rainbow Jews, an oral history project showcasing the lives of LGBT people in the UK from the 1950s to today, said: “It was fantastic to see so many Rainbow Jews marching alongside Keshet

UK in the parade and being out and proud.” Members of West London Synagogue and RSY Netzer were also at the event. Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi for Reform Judaism, said: “As we mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, Pride in London was a glorious example of how far we have progressed but there is still much work to be done.”

Israeli knifed in West Bank An Israeli soldier has been wounded after a car ramming and knife attack on Monday. The incident took place near the West Bank settlement of Tekoa. The alleged Palestinian attacker was shot by Israeli forces and was treated at the scene by IDF medics. He later died at the scene, said Palestinian Maan news agency. The Palestinian driver of the

vehicle reportedly veered to hit Israeli soldiers stationed outside of the settlement and hit a streetlight, knocking it over. It is unclear whether the vehicle or the falling streetlight injured the soldier. The driver got out of the car and tried to stab soldiers with a knife. The injured soldier, 20, was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.











Jewish News 13 July 2017

News / Faith report / Peace initiative / News briefs

Religion unites at times of crisis, survey claims A report from the Woolf Institute, which studies relations between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, says religion is a unifying factor based on “shared social values” in times of crisis, writes Jenni Frazer. Woolf asked national polling company YouGov to analyse the situation in four major European cities — London, Paris, Rome and Berlin. The findings showed that in times of crisis, such as in the response to terror attacks, faith communities were more likely to work together. The Cambridge-based Woolf Institute concluded “faith and minority communities are the key to cohesion, not the driver of division” and called on the government to create a full-time post for dialogue between religions, similar to one in Berlin. Findings of the Trust in Crisis survey show “grassroots initiatives conducted by minority communities are building trust, based on shared social values through times of crisis. The result is solidarity, social cohesion and community innovation across Europe”. Polling of British adults has revealed that more people felt connected to their local community over Britain as a whole; and that people of faith “were more likely


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The heads of Anglo-Jewry’s two core representative bodies have strongly endorsed a new campaign by Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) to launch a fund for Middle East peace. Gillian Merron of the Board of Deputies and Simon Johnson of the Jewish Leadership Council have backed LFI’s scheme to open an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. In a joint statement, they said: “We should be investing now in the kind of grassroots people-to-people projects that bring together Israelis and

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Palestinians and promote the values of peace, coexistence and reconciliation which will be needed to underpin any future political progress.” Johnson and Merron are calling on the government to support the peace fund initiative.

NEWS IN BRIEF Leaders of different faiths stand together at a vigil following a terror attack

to express a strong connection to their community and much less likely to state a strong connection to their country than some other demographic groups”. The survey showed that those who say they have no religious identity are more critical of government. Fifty-four percent believe that in a crisis the government has been bad at providing support, compared with 46 percent who identify as religious. It also found faith-based groups were more engaged in the public sphere, pro-

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A day after being rebuked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his country’s traditional support for the Palestinians, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney held a working meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin yesterday in Jerusalem. Rivlin said: “The relationship between Israel and Ireland is very important, in spite of differences of opinion we have from time to time.”

The Leo Baeck College has ordained the first Spain-born Progressive rabbi, the institution’s spokesperson said. Rabbi Haim Casas, who was born and raised in Cordoba, was ordained at a ceremony in London last week along with six rabbis of the college. Casa plans to return to Spain to serve it’s growing Progressive communities, as well as congregations in France and Switzerland. [JTA]


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World News / Diaspora despair / Kotel protests

Israel and Diaspora ‘on the edge’ Israeli and Diaspora Jewry are in a “very precarious place,” the head of one of the world’s largest Jewish communities warned members of the Knesset this week. Rabbi Steven Wernick, who leads the Conservative movement’s synagogue organisation in the United States, spoke on Tuesday in front of the Israeli government’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, which was meeting in a special session devoted to Israel’s image abroad. “We are on the edge; on the edge of very real, very serious and very harmful distancing of Israeli Jewry with Diaspora Jewry,” Wernick said. He addressed the committee in the wake of two government decisions, taken on the same day nearly two weeks ago, which “sends a message of disrespect and

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delegitimisation of Klal Yisrael,” he said, using a term for the Jewish people. One decision was to freeze the agreement to expand an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall. The second was to advance legislation giving the Chief Rabbinate complete control over

conversions in Israel. “Our feelings go beyond the intellectual, they are emotional,” he added. “If we are brothers and sisters, this feels like abandonment.” The rabbi pointed out that North American Jewry has lobbied their governments for political, economic and strategic support for Israel; responded to the BDS movement against Israel and the UN’s delegitimisation of Israel; invested billions of dollars in Israel and sent billions in charitable contributions and sent their children as lone soldiers. He reiterated that Diaspora Jewish supporters of Israel do not support Israel for any benefit. “We support Israel because we are Zionists. We share the vision of a nation-state for Jews”, he said. However, Wernick described the Diaspora Jewish community as feeling “betrayed”. [JTA]

BIBI MEETS TRUMP AIDE Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump’s peace envoy to the Middle East, following reports that the US is to announce a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Also present at Wednesday’s meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office were US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer,

the PMO said in a statement. Greenblatt reportedly told a senior Palestinian official on Tuesday that Israel had agreed to “slow down” settlement construction during formal negotiations between Palestinians and Israel. Netanyahu’s office, however, denied the report, sayin: “There is no such commitment” to freeze settlement building in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

...as Reform Jews consider boycott Reform Jews are reconsidering their financial support for the Jewish state in protest at the Israeli government’s decision to deny progressive Jews a permanent prayer space at the Western Wall. Daryl Messinger, chair of the Union for Reform Judaism in the United States

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Meanwhile, British progressive rabbis met Israel’s ambassador to the UK Mark Regev to express concern over the Western Wall decision. Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism Danny Rich told Regev: “These concerns are not just those of members in the UK, but of our sister movements in Israel.”

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The hidden agenda that’s not so hidden Anyone with half an eye on the recent Glastonbury and TRNSMT music festivals will have seen Palestinian flags waved in the crowd by those calling for the band to cancel its concert in Tel Aviv next week. This motley crew count among their fans the film director Ken Loach, who has repeatedly urged the group to boycott Israel [the same Ken Loach whose film I Daniel Blake is currently being screened in – you guessed it – Tel Aviv]. This week, for the second time, Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke put him in his place, pointing out: “Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones.” Of course, the major wrinkle in Mr Loach’s worldview is that if he were to be randomly dropped from the sky into any Middle East country, he would pray to his maker that his biased little backside landed in Israel. There is no second choice country in the region if you value women’s rights, gay rights, religious freedom, political freedom, free speech and a free press. Which begs the question: what’s really behind Mr Loach and his flag-waving friends’ Israel aversion?

Olim who help the Jewish state rise up Have you had your say yet in our Aliyah List countdown, marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration? With the Jewish Agency and in partnership with UJIA, Jewish News invites readers to nominate and celebrate British immigrants who have made a positive impact on the Jewish state. Our list of outstanding olim – to be revealed later this year – will shine a light on those who have overcome the cultural and practical challenges of moving to a new country to make their mark in areas from politics and business to education and entertainment. Each will have been motivated by a multitude of reasons to make a new life in a country that goes to the very heart of their identity. Many thousands of Brits have made the move – stoically suffering all the dodgy driving, relentless haggling and bemusing lack of orderly queues – so will all be in contention for inclusion. We invite you to visit jewishnews.co.uk before the 31 July deadline to nominate a British-born Israeli who is helping the Jewish state to rise up.


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ARKUSH IGNORES A DIRTY SECRET Implicit in the laudable idea of interfaith initiatives must be the acceptance of equality and repricocity between faiths, otherwise it becomes a farce. Yet Jonathan Arkush studiously avoids the elephant in the room when he writes in Jewish News that “British Muslims and Jews have different perspectives on issues between Israel and her Arab neighbours but we should not view each other through that prism”... code that many UK Muslims don’t accept Israel’s right to exist as the nation state of the Jewish people. Such acceptance of Israel must be the sine qua non of interfaith dialogue. Jews do not deny the right to exist of any of the world’s 22 Arab sovereign states, from

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ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST JEWS - WHAT AN IRONY! The disgraceful decision by the Netanyahu government to renege on the Western Wall deal places Israel in the dubious position of being the only democracy that discriminates against Jews. Oh the irony. The U-turn on a deal that itself was very thin gruel is

only the latest in a long line of decisions by Israeli governments that discriminate against the non-Orthodox. So much for Israel being the national homeland for the Jewish people.

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which their Jews have been ethnically cleansed. Mr Arkush’s article leads us to believe we are living in the 1930s when anti-Semitism came primarily from the fascist far right. It ignores the left’s anti-Semitism, unashamedly practised in today’s Labour Party, and that Muslim anti-Semitism is not confined to a minority of extremists. Where Mr Arkush is squeamish about the reality, asserting “the moderate majority of Muslims are our most powerful ally”, it’s worth recalling the words of Mehdi Hasan, former editor of The New Statesman, who wrote in 2013: “The sorry truth is that the virus of anti Semitism has infected the British Muslim community. It isn’t just tolerated in sections of it. It’s routine and commonplace. It’s our dirty little secret.”

“I only said yes because when he mentioned a Sunday, white clothes, a quick service and a cheering crowd, I thought he was taking me to the Wimbledon final!”

Reform’s campaign for access to the Wall is incongruous. All the revered associations with the Wall are founded in authentic Judaism. The Temple functioned via male Cohanim and Levites in accordance with strict compliance with detailed Torah rules that left no room

for ‘liberal’ thinking and the Sanhedrin administered Orthodox Torah Law. This appears a crude attempt to hijack the sacred Jewish past so as to falsely suggest it is compatible with reform ideology.

Geoffrey Niman By email

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Editorial comment and letters

Election result is complex Owing to editing, parts of my previous letter didn’t make sense (Jewish News, 7 July). I agree with Dr Allington that, when looking at certain constituencies (in particular, those with a high concentration of Jews), there is a negative relationship between the proportion of the population which is Jewish and the increase in the Labour vote in the General Election. However, this doesn’t hold true if all constituencies across England and Wales are taken into account. In fact, using the same methodology as employed by Dr Allington (linear regression analysis) there is actually an increase in the swing to Labour (that is, the average of the increase in the Labour vote and the decrease in the Conservative vote) as the proportion of Jews increases. Such a “straight line” model is perhaps not the most appropriate though. It is very clear that what is happening is more complicated than that, with the swing towards Labour


increasing initially as the proportion of Jews increases, but tailing off in the handful of most Jewish constituencies. It is important to remember that other factors are also relevant. The affluence of a constituency (as measured, for example, by the proportion of people who own their own homes) appears to be a more important predictor of the way it votes than the relative size of the Jewish population.

You report Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair, called the Kotel decision “shameful to the government and its women ministers who were exposed using their vote against women... [by] kowtowing to a handful of religious extremists, who want to enforce their religious customs while intentionally violating the rights of the majority of the Jewish world – 51 percent being women”. She speak as if her group represents Jewish women in general rather than the 100-odd who cause a disturbance once a month (Jewish News, 29 June). They were opposed by “Orthodox women and girls who whistled, shouted and banged to silence the prayer”. The latter, who come regularly, are more representative and are affronted by this small group of exhibitionists who come to desecrate the Kotel’s holiness to further their political agenda.

Daniel Vulkan N2

Martin D. Stern Salford

TRUMP IS OUR TRUE FRIEND Jerry Springer says Donald Trump has no right to be President of the USA (Jewish News, 28 June). This from a man who has made a large fortune by exploiting the demented, the deviant and the degenerate. The problem with the liberal left in the US and here is they cannot

accept the fact Barack Obama is no longer the president and that Hillary Clinton never will be. Both are no friend of Israel and by definition the Jewish people. Trump has shown to be our true friend and champion. As Jews we cannot afford to turn away his goodwill.

Martin Greenberg Redbridge

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Shul report tells a tale of two Jewish communities LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER SENIOR RABBI, REFORM JUDAISM


he Jewish community is changing, as it has for more than 2,000 years. It’s time for cheshbon nefesh – a time for taking stock. Last week’s report from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies has highlighted that we are all really Jewsby-choice. It has raised some justified concerns for the whole community. Evidence that there are two Jewish communities emerging – a rapidly-growing strictly-Orthodox community and a shrinking “mainstream” community – is only getting stronger. This report demands action. Now is the time to understand why people are drifting away from our communal institutions. Judaism has always grown to serve the needs of its members in a specific time and place – how do we do that in today’s circumstances? We must not be complacent. We used to assume that new generations would want to keep being Jewish within the structures the community has given to them. But if we are

IT’S TIME TO ACT. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE DRIFTING AWAY FROM OUR COMMUNAL INSTITUTIONS Jews-by-choice, this is not now enough. People will leave our community and understandably so, if the community is not serving people’s needs and providing a spiritually uplifting experience. Communal institutions can take nothing for granted – we work for the community, not the other way around. At the core of our response, we must follow through on the commitment of the Children of Israel at Sinai – na’aseh v’nishmah, we will act on the community’s needs and we will listen to what those needs are, with the emphasis placed on the action. Not only do we need a commu-

nity with a listening leadership, we need a community that leads the way itself. In Reform Judaism, we have started to transform the way we build communities with our Re-Imagining Leadership initiative and our embracing of lessons from community organising. These lessons tell us that we don’t need strong leaders over us, we need those who can lead with their communities and truly tap into the interests of the congregation. A change in how our synagogue congregations are structured alone is not be enough. There are now many in our community, particularly our young adults, who are branching away from synagogues and into grassroots, peer-led community frameworks, for instance last Shabbat I co-led a service outside in a park with one of our young adults in a blossoming minyan. They show the strong desire many have for the ability to shape and own one’s religious experiences – a desire stifled by rigid congregational structures. These new kinds of communities are vibrant, energetic models which we all must integrate into our understanding of what our community will look like. These are not

a threat, but a way forward – a way that we at Reform Judaism are committed to nurturing. We still need to think even bigger. We need to look at the bigger picture of community life. Jewish families often cannot afford housing in areas that connect them with the community. Often young Jews do not have the financial security to be putting down roots, settling and starting families. Increasingly this doesn’t happen until later in life than it used to, which only adds to the lower birth rates and demographic pressures put on the community. We must provide our children with adequate opportunities to engage and build a love for the Jewish community. Transformational Jewish experiences, especially our youth movements, build the identity that will ensure our young people want to keep identifying with the community. Am Yisrael, the Jewish People, has been sustained through history thanks to a willingness to totally uproot everything if needed to keep the chain of tradition going. We must have that same courage and willingness to answer the pressing challenges that lay before us now.

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Nothing to fear at Palestine Expo – they should grow up JENNI FRAZER


he woman sitting two rows in front of me at the Palestine Expo was wearing a designer keffiyah in chic red and white. Readers, she looked ridiculous, as did many of the pasty-skinned white English fellow travellers who bulked out the sessions at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Westminster. There were old bocks, who looked like refugees from the Foreign Office of years gone by, florid of face and corduroyed of jacket. There were younger ones displaying their love for – wait for it–you’ll never guess – Jeremy Corbyn – on t-shirts. There were ancient Anglican women, misshapen feet stuffed into sandals you almost felt sorry for, desperately enthusiastic to meet Sheikh This or Imam That. There was an odd MP or two, although to be honest in the gorgeous sunshine available on Sunday they

would have had to be very odd to sacrifice a home barbecue in the back garden for hour upon hour of mostly sub-par speeches. Wait: there goes MP Andy Slaughter. And what was I reminded of, so powerfully? Nothing so much as Limmud, our very own, homegrown educational conference which has spread its wings throughout the world. Just like Limmud, Palestine Expo was primarily run by volunteers. Just like Limmud, Palestine Expo had food and music and theatre. Just like Limmud, Palestine Expo had its share of controversial speakers, and the rooms were overflowing with people and backpacks and cameras. But, O Lord, it came as quite a surprise to hear the volunteers’ organiser giving an early morning pep talk to his group and have them respond with a rousing chorus not of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” — although it could have been — but of “Free, Free Palestine!” That seemed to me to be the essential difference between Limmud and Palestine Expo. They had an agenda, a long, low, muttering undercurrent of resentment of a

series of Thems: the government, which had seriously given thought to banning the whole event; the large and mysterious Jewish lobby, which if we had even half the power attributed to us, would be very well off indeed; and the biggest Them of all, Israel, the Oppressor, the colonial project gone mad. And, honestly, part of me doesn’t blame the Palex crowd for this attitude, considering the rubbish fed to them as part of the Palestinian narrative of blame, in which “Evil Zionists” are responsible for every ill on the planet from global warming to too-tight shoes, and every other damn thing in between. There were a couple of bright spots, however. For me, one was the very high

number of absolutely lovely young Muslim girls, fresh of face and cheerful of disposition, some be-hijabed, some not, many earnestly scribbling down the contents of the lectures, others forming the volunteer backbone. Each of these young women was polite and kind and helpful — exactly like their Limmud counterparts, I would like to believe. And the other bright spot? How absolutely appalling and vapid and – well, crapulous – was Asa Winstanley, editor of the vile Electronic Intifada website. His presentation came over like someone whose homework had been eaten by wolves, never mind the family dog. Conclusion? Not much to fear. And perhaps – and it is a big perhaps – they’ll grow out of it.


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Modern Orthodoxy should sever all ties to Charedim IZZY POSEN



ike many Jewish News readers, I’ve followed the ongoing drama surrounding Rabbi Joseph Dweck and the S&P community. But unlike many of you, I’m neither shocked or outraged by what I’ve read. Nor do I think the criticism of Rabbi Dweck for his position on Judaism and homosexuality is unfair. Before you make assumptions about my religious position or views on homosexuality, allow me to explain where I’m coming from. I spent the first 20 years of my life in the strictly-Orthodox community in Stamford Hill. After losing my faith I left that community to live a secular life in Jewish communities I had not even been aware exisited. Despite no longer believing in the tenets of Orthodoxy, I really like the progressive spirit of secular Judaism – alongside a love for Judaism. I share both sentiments. I couldn’t understand how communities as different from each other as Charedim and liberal Orthodoxy could both claim the

umbrella term of “orthodoxy”. They both profess to keeping the same halacha. They nominally believe in the same principles of faith. But boy are they different! The Orthodoxy I know from my Charedi days is austere, obsessed with legalistic and technical minutiae and narrowly inward looking. Liberal Orthodoxy, however, is the opposite: people-oriented, relaxed, progressive and outward looking. In an anonymous open letter addressed to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, several selfidentified orthodox rabbis threatened that if action was not taken, the Rabbi Dweck affair may split Orthodoxy. This threat was meant to pressure modern Orthodox communities into conforming to more right-wing standards of halacha and ideology, else they may be disowned by the Charedim. A harsh threat indeed. But what people need to realise is that modern Orthodoxy stands to benfit the most from such a development. I studied in mainstream Charedi yeshivas and know exactly how little they care about non-Charedi Orthodoxy. Even mentioning the name “Rabbi Soloveitchik” – one of the founders of modern Orthodoxy in the USA

– is problematic in Gateshead Yeshiva – the largest Charedi school in Europe. Charedim do not recognise or understand modern Orthodox movements, so why should the latter make an effort to remain in line with them? The Dweck affair is the unfortunate result of two incompatible communities pretending to be one and the same, when they are anything but. The Charedim are upset with Rabbi Dweck because he claims to be one of them. Charedim are annoyed by the progressive voices within Orthodoxy and the progressives are upset with the Charedim, because no one within liberal Orthodoxy has been courageous enough to get up and articulate the obvious: “We are two different communities. We don’t need the

approval of Charedi rabbis. We have our own values and will continue living by them – whether the Charedim like it or not.” Such a bold move would not be unprecedented. Fifty years ago, after being made to feel uncomfortable within the limits of orthodoxy, Rabbi Louis Jacobs split away and launched his own community. He did not try to please mainstream Orthodox rabbis. Rather, he got up and created the Masorti, movement which remains vibrant, progressive and, most importantly, unhindered to this very day. The time has come for modern Orthodox Jews do the same – make their values clear and free themselves of the hindrances of a static Orthodoxy, forever stuck in time. Rabbi Jacobs did it all those years ago. They can do it, too.


Saudi petrol money oils the wheels of intolerance JEREMY HAVARDI B’NAI B’RITH UK


he Henry Jackson Society has released a powerful report calling for a public inquiry into the foreign funding of extremism. The report by HJS fellow Tom Wilson offers considerable evidence of how Gulf states, primarily the Saudis, have spent billions of petrodollars promoting their hardline Salafist ideology in countries around the world, including in the UK. The Saudis alone are estimated to have spent £67billion over the last 30 years, giving ample ammunition to extremist clerics while drowning out the voices of Muslim moderates. Saudi funding has come in the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which in turn have hosted extremist preachers and distributed antiSemitic and anti-western literature. It is now estimated that more than 100 British mosques identify with Salafist ideology. Saudi money buys access to these places

CURTAILING SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IN BRITAIN IS A VITAL WEAPON IN OUR ARMOURY of worship, turning them into platforms for hosting hate preachers. A number were identified in the Dispatches documentary Undercover Mosque, among them the East London Mosque, which had received generous Saudi funding and given a platform to some extremist speakers. The Saudis have also paid handsome sums to bring people from the UK to the desert kingdom, enabling them to undertake religious study. These students have received generous scholarships to study at the king-

dom’s international university in Medina, only for them to return and establish mosques and bookshops which spread Salafist ideology. One such individual is extremist preacher Shakeel Begg, an imam who, according to one High Court judge, “encourages violence in support of Islam”. The report also expresses justifiably deep concerns about Saudi infiltration of Muslim schools in the UK. Textbooks in some ‘Saudi schools’ have been found to be near identical to those which are used in the Saudi national curriculum. Indeed, the content of some is so extreme that they were adopted by the Islamic State. In the words of Imam Taj Hagey, these schools are serving as a “gateway to extremist theology radicalism”. They are potential incubators of terror. The report also highlights Iran’s involvement in funding Shia extremism. The Islamic Centre of England has helped to organise speaking tours for a Khomeinist preacher, Shaykh Hamza Sodagar, who has indulged hateful conspiracy theories about Jews and Zionism. The school’s director, Ayatollah Abdolhossein Moezi, is a devotee of the

Islamic Republic. The government is not blind to these developments. In 2015, as part of a CounterExtremism Strategy, ministers pledged to examine the role of overseas funding in driving domestic extremism. Some sensible measures are suggested in the HJS report and these deserve careful consideration. One is to simply ban the foreign funding of UK Islamic institutions, especially from nations that propagate extremist Islamist ideology. It is also necessary to deport foreign born imams who preach hatred of the “unbelievers” and there should continue to be close scrutiny of all mosques in receipt of Gulf money. If schools are found to be inciting hatred, they should surely be closed. Recent terrorist attacks have created a heightened sense of urgency. The threat needs to be tackled using a range of military, economic, diplomatic and ideological weapons. Identifying the sources of funding for Islamic extremism and taking measures to curtail them are vital weapons in armoury.


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13 July 2017 Jewish News



Community / Scene & Be Seen


Award-winning actress Claire Foy paid a visit to Nancy Reuben Primary School. Telling pupils about her role playing the Queen in Netflix series The Crown, the Golden Globe Award winner then answered questions in a special assembly, before leading an acting masterclass with Year 5 pupils. And offering advice to wannabee actors, she said: “It’s important not only to have a go at acting and drama, but also to read lots and go on adventures.”

And be seen


The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community

Jewish Care recognised the invaluable work of its countless volunteers when it held its annual Betty and Aubrey Lynes Volunteer Awards ceremony. Comedian and writer Ivor Baddiel (pictured with joint-winner of the Young Volunteer Award Rhianna Bongart) presented the awards for the fourth year running, while Jewish Care chairman Steven Lewis told guests: “This evening is an opportunity for us to recognise the breadth of volunteers’ contribution while knowing this is just a snapshot of the work that goes on each and every day in the world of Jewish Care.”


Kisharon held an intimate whisky tasting evening with expert Dr Maish Weinstein. The charity’s events manager Nicole Peppi and her husband Brian Gordon hosted the event, which raised £2,500 that will go towards supporting its vital services. Gordon said: “It was an amazing evening of great learning, great company with the most exclusive whisky. We’re already planning the next one in September in time for people to stock up before the chagim.”


Team Maccabi GB Junior and Open squads visited Beit Halochem Haifa and Beit Halochem Tel Aviv as part of their pre-orientation week ahead of the start of the Maccabiah Games. The tours of the two rehabilitation centres were co-ordinated by Beit Halochem UK and Maccabi GB. They enabled 250 participants and their coaches to experience a specially-organised tour of the centres, which care for wounded Israeli veterans, to highlight how sport can be used as one of the most powerful rehabilitative tools for people who have experienced trauma of any kind.






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Scene & Be Seen / Community





The Zemel choir staged a flash mob event at Brent Cross shopping centre, in aid of Dementia club uk. They sang a medley of songs, including Hineh ma tov and Hallelujah, in front of enthused shoppers.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr Brian Salinger opened the new garden at Yavneh Nursery in Woodside Park, which was attended by MP Theresa Villiers as well as teachers, governors, parents and children. Headteacher Miriam Schajer said: “The opportunities for learning that an outside play area presents cannot be overemphasised. This garden area has always been an integral part of our learning experience we are proud to deliver.”



The Big Jewish Summer Fete on Highbury Fields brought together the Islington community in a celebration of Jewish culture. Hundreds of people of all ages came to the event, the first of its kind that was organised by Chabad Islington’s Rabbi Mendy Korer, to enjoy a programme of workshops, rides, storytelling, a Jewish escape room, Israeli dancing, talks at Speakers’ Corner, bagels and ice cream and live music from klezmer band Tantz.



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Guide dog Dinka visited London on behalf of Israel Guide Dog Centre, where she was born, trained and introduced to Bracha (both pictured with Israeli envoy to the UK Mark Regev). She and centre director Dennis Allon also visited five schools – Hasmonean Girls, Immanuel Primary and Immanuel College, Clore Shalom, Hertsmere Jewish and Yavneh Primary School – and told the pupils about the centre’s work in transforming the lives of those who have lost their sight.


A group of 50 JFS students recently helped volunteer for Leket Israel – The National Food Bank – as they rolled up their sleeves to pick fresh butternut squash for distribution to Israelis in need. Leket Israel’s founder and chairman, Joseph Gitler, said: “It’s wonderful when schools come and get their hands dirty volunteering with Leket Israel. We would be thrilled to welcome more visitors from London and the school on future visits to Israel.”


Beit Shvidler Primary school rounded off its 10th anniversary year with a gala fundraising dinner at the Kinloss Banqueting Suite in Finchley, attended by more than 200 parents, family and friends and raising more than £60,000. Chair of governors Dan Wynne said: “While many new Jewish schools have opened since, 10 years ago we were the trailblazer.”

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Cyril Myers from Gants Hill, Ilford, celebrated his 88th birthday.

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Joshua Singer celebrated his barmitzvah at Edgware United Synagogue.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen

Raising dough for Jewish Care

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Thousands of people across the community took part in Jewish Care’s biggest ever Great Jewish Bake Day. Young and old, including children from 30 toddler groups, nurseries, schools, brownies and cubs groups held bake sales or visited older people in eight Jewish Care homes and community centres. Money raised funds Jewish Care buses that take older people, who would otherwise be isolated, to and from home to community and day centres.


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Scene & Be Seen / Community

Life’s a beach at JW3-on-Sea

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JW3 hosted the annual Hampstead Beach summer party for young professionals. A Mad Hatter cocktail party was a great success, with guests enjoying ‘eat me, drink me, take me’ treats provided by on-site kosher restaurant Zest. Visitors danced the night away with DJ BeardNoBeard and The Rebbitzen’s Disco.

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IN THIS SECTION: Jews of The Rock 28 / Competition 38

Ilan’s in Mole position! Francine Wolfisz speaks to Ilan Galkoff, the talented teenage star of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical ¾-year-old to what it was when the book was written back in the 1980s, there are obviously many challenges that teenagers today still face. “My character has a complex life, with parents who are separated and at the same time struggling with problems of his own, both in and out of school. “It’s a very different to my own situation – thankfully!” His latest turn on the stage, which he describes as “my most challenging so far”, comes on the back of a CV filled with highprofile roles, including as Gavroche in Les Miserables and Nigel in Matilda. Acting and singing are his passion, as is dancing, with the latter skill attributed to his mum Suzanne getting Ilan involved in ballet at the age of three. He recalls: “All the mums [at HJPS nursery] got together and decided the boys could do football one morning and all the girls would make up a ballet class. My mum said she knew I wouldn’t like football, but I did like dancing, so she sent me to the ballet class with all the girls in pretty pink tutus! “Thank goodness I was dressed in navy joggers – and I loved the dancing. I still do ballet now, unlike any of the girls from that class!” At the age of eight, he was signed up by the Sylvia Young Agency and was cast for the UK tour of Oliver!, opening the way for the West End and performances at the Royal Opera House. He’s even had the opportunity to voice a character for the

Ilan Galkoff, inset, started performing from a young age. He starred in Matilda, above

animated Disney cartoon, Sofia The First. When he’s not busy auditioning, performing or touring, Ilan – who attends Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue with his family – is a regular boy soloist for the Shabbaton Choir. It all makes for a hectic schedule for the teenager, who recalls how he was given “the weekend off ” from rehearsals for musical comedy Bumblescratch last year, so that he could celebrate his barmitzvah. He also had to juggle around performing in The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross Theatre when rehearsals began for Adrian Mole. Ilan, who is currently in Year 9 at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, explains: “Due to children’s licencing laws I was restricted on the number of hours that I could perform and rehearse, and of course I still had to spend time at school. “I do miss school and then I have to catch up on lessons and homework. I also had to catch up on Adrian Mole rehearsals by watching the other two Adrians and making notes to read over and learn at home – all this while I learnt the biggest script I’ve ever had!” Thankfully, proud parents Suzanne and Simon, and older siblings Rafi and Natalia, are on hand to give him all the support he needs. After discovering he had been cast for

Photo by Alastair Muir


lan Galkoff was aged two when his teacher noticed the youngster might just have the makings of a West End star. After singing a pop song, from beginning to end, the talented tot was taken around all the other groups at Gilah nursery in Borehamwood, where he flawlessly performed again. “Apparently I loved an audience!” laughs Ilan, now 14, who has just landed the lead role in a stage adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical. The show opens tomorrow at the Menier Chocolate Factory and runs until 9 September. By something of a fortuitous coincidence, Ilan was precisely 13 ¾ years old on the day of his audition for the show, which is based on the first two books in the bestselling series that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. The ups and downs of Adrian’s adolescent life are laid bare in all their 1980s glory, from his dysfunctional parents to school bully Barry Kent, his lost love Pandora and, of course, the unruly pimple on his chin that seems to grow ever bigger. Like his co-stars Samuel Menhinick, 12 and Ben Lewis, 13, who share the title role, Ilan was just a glint in his parents’ eyes when Townsend first put pen to paper, but he feels the premise of the humorous tale is just as relevant today. The former pupil of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, in Radlett, tells me: “Although life is very different now for a 13-

Ilan, centre back row, with cast members

his latest role, it was his mum he turned to first for a big hug. “I always do this. I appreciate that without her support I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things I do. I’m really grateful to both my parents for the opportunities and support they give me.”  The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical opens tomorrow at Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark Street and runs until 9 September. Details: menierchocolatefactory.com or 020 7378 1713



Jewish News 13 July 2017

Lifestyle / Meet the Jews of Gibraltar

Life on The Rock Despite differences over religious practice and Brexit worries, Gibraltar’s Jewish community enjoys a harmonious existence. Rebecca Taylor speaks to the residents of this sun-drenched peninsula MARLENE HASSAN NAHON Independent MP in the Gibraltar Parliament, 41 My father’s family came to Gibraltar from Minorca more than 200 years ago. My mother grew up in Tangier when it was a Spanish colony. I studied at Manchester University – every Gibraltarian student is offered a grant to study at a British university. Gibraltar’s communities are a microcosm of the world, where different religions and cultures live side by side. The Jewish community is vibrant, although it has become extremely Orthodox in recent years after an Orthodox study centre was set up some years ago. Our cuisine has Moroccan, Spanish and Portuguese origins. On Shabbat, we eat orisa, a beef and saffron stew, which stems from Morocco. Our prayers have a distinctive melodic intonation. It’s a proud community, but we are concerned about Brexit. We need a fluid frontier with Spain, otherwise it will have a devastating impact on our economy. ABRAHAM SERUYA Lawyer, 66 My family has been here since 1740. We are originally from Toledo in Spain, but my family fled to North Africa after the Spanish expulsion of the Jews in 1492. The Gibraltarian Jewish community is like one big family, but I grew up here in the days when the frontier with Spain was closed under Franco and it felt very claustrophobic at times. We have some strong Sephardi traditions, such as adafina stew: there is one type made with beans and another with chickpeas. Gibraltar is a diverse culture of Christians, Catholics, Muslims and Hindus and we all get along. But the uncertainty over Brexit is affecting everybody. Thousands of Gibraltarians have houses on the Spanish side of the border, as housing is much cheaper there. Will they have the right to live in Spain in the future? LEVI ATTIAS Barrister, ventriloquist, magician, singer, 62 My family is from Morocco, but has been in Gibraltar for more than 100 years. Members of the community often go to Morocco to visit the graves of rabbis and I

go to visit the shrine of one martyr, Sol Hachuel. I am observant – I lay tefillin every day – but I’m not strictly Orthodox. I was secretary of the Jewish community here for four years and had two years as the vice president. These days, the community doesn’t participate as much in Gibraltar’s secular life. I think that’s wrong. We are part of Gibraltar and should contribute to its society. Non-Jewish Gibraltarians of my generation are familiar with Judaism: I have non-Jewish friends who wish me “Shabbat shalom”. However, younger Gibraltarians don’t know about our religion because Jewish children don’t integrate with non-Jewish children so much. It creates ignorance about what Jewish life is about. ESTRELLA ABUDARHAM Runs Abudarham kosher store, 58 We’ve begun importing Ashkenazi traditions over the past 20 years (when a wave of Ashkenazim came to settle on the Rock). I like to say we are ‘Ashkefardis’! I run a kosher grocery shop that has been in my husband’s family since the 1800s. My family on both sides goes back to Spanish and then Moroccan roots. Things have definitely become more religious. Now about 99 percent of the women use the mikveh [ritual bath]. I remember about 20 years ago, I was in a group of 30 women and three of them were wearing wigs. Now the numbers would be the other way round. I became more religious after the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. I felt angry and wanted to assert my identity. On Shabbat, Main Street is swarming with people walking up and down. Before women started wearing wigs they wore colourful hats on Shabbat and it looked like Ladies’ Day at Ascot every week. AYELET MAMO SHAY Chair, Gibraltar-Israel Chamber of Commerce, 38 I came to live in Gibraltar 10 years ago from Modi’in in Israel. We came for my husband’s job with Deloitte, but three years ago opened our own firm named Benefit Business Solutions. We act as local representatives and advisors for international companies who want to use Gibraltar as a gateway to Europe or Africa. Nearly 18 months ago, we also set up the Chamber of Commerce between Gibraltar and Israel

(Gibrael). We realised Gibraltar is thirsty for innovation and thought Israel, which is known as the ‘start-up nation’, could fulfil Gibraltar’s technology needs. There are 200 Israelis living here, mostly working in the online gaming industry. Most of them are secular, but we all mix together. AARON SERUYA Lawyer and artist, 32 I draw and paint, like my father and grandfather. My pictures of superheroes have just been in an exhibition here. Superheroes have Jewish roots: the first was created in 1938, when two Jewish boys Jerry Siegel and Joe (Joseph) Shuster created Superman. Purim is the big festival here – we give presents for Purim rather than Chanukah. Everyone dresses up and we visit each other’s houses and have lots of fun and food. MESOD BELILO Engineer, community archivist, 71 My family arrived here in the 1720s from Tétouan in Morocco. They were cattle merchants. In the 1780s, a member of my family was killed by a Spanish cannon ball. During some engineering excavations I found an old ball, which I’ve got on display in my office, and I sometimes look at it and wonder if that was the one that killed my namesake. In the 1950s, the community passed a resolution refusing to recognise intermarried couples who wanted to move to Gibraltar. Fewer than five percent marry out now. People are marrying younger and having bigger families. It’s also common for Jewish families from Malaga and Torremolinos to come and live here. They want their children to have a Jewish education and don’t want them to marry out. This article appears as part of a 10-page special on Gibraltar in July’s issue of Jewish Renaissance magazine.  Special offer for JN readers: Subscribe by 31 July and get July’s issue free. To subscribe, visit jewishrenaissance.org.uk or call 020 7794 5254, using code “JN”.

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Nosh / Lifestyle

Rojak salad


2 large ripe mangoes 150g radishwes – finely sliced 1 cucumber – deseed and cubed 1 ripe pineapple – peeled and cubed 125g baby spinach 350g firm tofu 1 fresh red chilli – deseeded and finely chopped 100g unsalted peanuts 4 tablespoons vegetable/ rapeseed oil

black pepper. Transfer to a jug and set aside.

2 Slice the cheeks from the mango and finely slice each one into lengths,

Dressing 2 limes 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons runny honey 1 teaspoon chilli paste 1 teaspoon tamarind 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

removing the skin.

3 Mix the mango, radish, cucumber, pineapple and spinach in a salad bowl. 4 Cut the tofu into 2cm cubes. Finely slice the chilli. 5 Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the peanuts on a tray and toast for about 10 minutes. Set aside.

7 Remove and leave to drain on kitchen paper, then scatter on top of the fruit. 8 Drizzle over the dressing and top with the toasted peanuts and sprigs of mint.







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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about… Charlie Gard?

BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY The birth of Moses is originally shrouded in genealogical mystery. We are not immediately told who his parents are. His sister remains anonymous even as the text describes her role in ensuring her brother’s safety. Indeed, in a book called Shemot, which means ‘names’, Moses’ family remain nameless when we first encounter them. Later, in several places, including this week’s parsha, the identity of his biological family is revealed. “The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and she bore…Aaron, Moses, and their sister Miriam.” (Num 26: 59) An organic family unit consisting of parents with children gradually changes as children reach adulthood. When siblings are children, they live together. As they mature, they slowly leave their family, often establishing a family of their own. Moses, however, is raised in separation from his biological parents and siblings. He returns to them in an extremely meaningful way. Rather than the siblings building separate independent lives, they join to co-lead a nation. The original absence of the names belonging to Moses’ biological family highlight a pattern in which he grows closer to his family. The commandment to honour one’s parents is a calling to mature, independent adults who are genuinely busy looking after their own families to prioritise their parents when managing their time. Jewish law legislates the same for siblings, encouraging even those living far away to maintain their family bond.

 Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL A young infant named Charlie Gard, who suffers from a terminal condition called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDS), recently hit the headlines over whether his life support should be turned off by Great Ormond Street Hospital. More than 350,000 people have signed a petition against a court decision in favour of this. What is the Torah view of Charlie Gard’s predicament? The outpouring of compassion is certainly part of our tradition. The USA and the Vatican have both offered Charlie citizenship in the hope that he might be allowed to leave the UK to be treated in an American or Papal hospital.


In Judaism, sanctity of life is paramount; any chance to offer the gift of life back to even a brain-damaged child is praiseworthy. However, it is forbidden to prolong a life of unbearable pain. If it is clear to doctors that a person will only live with interminable suffering, efforts to ward off the inevitable demise should not be administered. MDS causes the failure of energy supply to the muscles, the kidneys and the brain. There is no known cure for Charlie’s condition, although experimental treatments exist. British doctors concur there is nothing that can be done. Nonetheless, per the ruling of Maimonides, if one expert doctor of any faith thinks there is a chance of survival, one must desecrate even the holy Sabbath day. Seven doctors worldwide, some of whom have expertise in this condition, should be given a chance to treat Charlie. Treatment in the US has expressly been offered free of charge and £1.3million has been raised to support it. The British taxpayer will not have

to finance treatment for Charlie with questionable rates of success. Is the High Court going to allow for treatment abroad? This is unlikely, after the ruling in 2015 when the Supreme Court refused to accommodate the repatriation home of a terminally-ill child from this country. May God bless Charlie and comfort his parents.

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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

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Is the Western Wall dispute reflective of how Progressive Judaism is viewed in Israel?

BY RABBI NEIL JANES The Torah describes how Pinchas is rewarded for an act of zealotry; killing an Israelite and a Midianite woman by thrusting his spear through them, as they were together in private. The killing, to a modern reader, is an obscene act. It is made even more so, because of the overlay of religion, suggesting foreign woman lure Israelite men with guile to betray their people and their God and should therefore be punished. This is, at its heart, an act of religious fanaticism and Pinchas appears to be rewarded for it. The Hebrew Bible portrays Elijah as having acted in a zealous way. He says: “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant...” (I Kings 18:10) This fanaticism on God’s behalf, when people act independently out of misguided concern to protect their religious community, is incredibly troubling. And the Talmud reflects a certain

ambivalence about Pinchas’ conduct. But we are still left with the fanatical act in the Torah. Perhaps we should not read it at all. Or perhaps, as many have suggested, the text serves to caution us as modern, tolerant Jews. We must read these texts, because we must recognise the capacity for them to be used fanatically, something all religious communities have to be on their guard against. And we must bolster our interpretative community to ensure that reading does not become reality. Moreover, it’s high time all religions said proudly to all, and here’s the theological point that I think Elijah really demonstrates, God does not need our zealotry nor does our Judaism (or any faith) need protecting with polemical, ad hominem or violent attacks against those who some may think are betraying it. There is no place for it in our community.

 Neil Janes is rabbi at West London Synagogue

RABBI DANNY RICH The current situation in Israel certainly reflects a dangerous view – that some Jews are not Jewish enough, or not even Jews at all. Fifty years ago, Israel’s army captured Jerusalem’s Old City and its most famous landmark, the Kotel, which has become a potent political and religious issue. Orthodox Jews seek to maintain it as a traditional prayer place with a separation between men and women, whereas Liberal and Progressive Jews want a space where all genders pray together and can read from the Torah. Sadly following efforts, a negotiated compromise and a promised egalitarian prayer space, headed by Natan Sharansky on behalf of Prime

The Kotel is a political issue

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‘froze’ the matter amid much recrimination. Israel remains the only democracy in the world where a very large number of Israelis – including many who had fought for the country – and my Progressive colleagues, are


unable to access, in a manner acceptable to them and to us, the right to marry, divorce and be buried. Through Israel’s proposed Conversion Bill is the threat to remove the right to convert to Judaism in a modern way, which is in accord with their thoughts and ways of life. While the Kotel itself is merely an antiquarian relic, what happens there is deeply symbolic of how Progressive Judaism is viewed in Israel. There is a real danger that what might have been a single national Jewish identity will become two Jewish peoples. For me that would mean the whole raison d’etre of Zionism will have disappeared. Israel stands at a crossroads and has a choice – to become another fundamentalist theocratic backwater in the Middle East or remain a modern democracy like the UK.  Danny Rich is senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism

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How did you stay active this week? Send details of what you’ve been up to and forthcoming events to: andrews@thejngroup.com

Spurs star swings by at JBD golf day GOLF Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker swapped a football for a golf club when he took part in the annual Friends of Jewish Blind & Disabled Golf Day. Held at Hartsbourne Country Club, the 13th edition of the tournament raised £25,000, with the various winners presented with their trophy by Jewish Blind & Disabled Chief Executive Hazel Kaye and tournament organiser Lloyd Botchin. Kaye said: “There was a lot of competition on the course but everyone was united in the same goal – raising as much money as possible to help provide a life of independence, dignity and choice for any adult in the community who is physically disabled or vision impaired.”

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Nine-year-old Rio Woolf was part of the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) Junior Squad, which attended the second European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF) Junior Training Camp last week in Poland. Organised with support from UEFA and the Polish FA (PZPN), Rio – pictured with his coach Bamgbopa Abayomi Alabai, who’s been dubbed ‘baby bladerunner’ after he was born with tibial aplasia, a one-in-a-million bone deficiency which resulted in his right leg being amputated through the knee, joined 60 other 5-16-year-olds from nine different countries, for the three-day camp.

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Twenty seven bar and batmitzvah kids scaled new heights last week to raise £20,000 for charity with a sponsored hike and mountain climb in the Lake District. Accompanied by their parents, the 57-strong group from north-west London completed a 10-mile hike around Lake Derwent, before embarking on a seven-hour climb up Helvellyn mountain – England’s third highest peak at 3,117ft.

Grandma takes on UK’s scariest freefall ABSEIL Grandmother Gitta Zarum marked her 82nd birthday by leaping off the UK’s highest freefall abseil – the ArcelorMittal Orbit. One of nine people who took on the challenge to raise funds for Emunah, the abseil which has raised £2,000 to date, is one of four activities that have raised over £20,000 towards a new dormitory at the Afula children s home and a summer programme of activities and therapies. Gitta said: “Wow – what an experience, the view was beautiful going down and you could see for miles. It was a perfect day with a blue sky and hardly a cloud.”

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GB’s U18 futsal side celebrate scoring against hosts Israel

GB among the medals at Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem MACCABIAH GAMES

By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Team GB’s Maccabiah Games campaign has got off to a promising start, with the squad winning 16 medals after the first seven days of action. Jonah Alfert claimed their first medal, winning bronze in the junior judo U55kg event (pictured), which was followed by an historic first medal win for a GB lacrosse team at the Games, as they won silver. Top performer to date is fencer Nick Lakeland, who won gold in the team foil event and silver in both the open team and team epee, while junior gymnast Zoe Harris has won silver in both the floor event and uneven bars competition. Douglas Greenston and Terry Lichkin helped themselves to bronze in the lawn bowls

pairs event, Samuel Deutch claimed bronze in the rowing men’s quads, while Sara Black won bronze in the half marathon which took place in Jerusalem. The table tennis squad has provided three medals so far, with the junior girls and masters men teams winning silver and the junior boys winning bronze. The first medal in the swimming pool arrived last night when Ewan Taylor won bronze in the 50m freestyle, while there was also a first win on the track as Ellie Edwards claimed silver in the open women’s 100m. On the football pitch, team GB’s open football team are through to the semi-finals, and will face Mexico later on today. Captained by Mitch Hahn, who was on target in their 2-1 quarterfinal win over Brazil yesterday, he said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to captain this team, everyone has played unbe-

lievably well, we’re not just a team, but a family.” Saying how scoring his first ever goal – an 87th minute equlaiser – was “the best moment of my life”, looking ahead to their last-four clash later today, he said: “We’re confident we can win the tournament and know we have nothing to lose – and absolutely nothing to fear.” Elsewhere, the masters 35 & 45 sides are out of medal contention, the former failing to progress after falling one goal short of reaching the knockout stages. The U18 football team have won two of their four group games, their latest being a 1-0 win over Venezuela, while the U16’s have won three of their five games, their most recent being a 4-2 win over Brazil, which came thanks to goals from Jamie Greene, Jonathan Novak, Joseph Santhouse and Ethan Kessel. GB’s open netball team have also qualified for tomorrow’s semi-final after they beat Israel 42-33. Speaking of the squad’s efforts to date, team manager Joel Nathan said: “We’ve had some great results so far, but also disappointing ones, but every single athlete has given their all and I could not be more proud of them.”  Follow Team GB’s progress at the Maccabiah on our daily live blog at jewishnews.co.uk

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Zoe Harris took silver in the gymnastics

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