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Israeli Defence Forces have intensified efforts to apprehend a terrorist who stabbed a Rabbi to death in the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Monday afternoon. The Palestinian assailant stabbed to death Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal in a shocking attack that has outraged Jews around the world. The father of four was waiting at a hitchhiking post near Jerusalem Boulevard on his way to a Brit Milah circumcision ceremony for his nephew when the sickening incident occurred. An off-duty IDF officer who witnessed the assault pursued the terrorist, striking him with his vehicle twice. But the killer fled towards the Palestinian village of Kifl Haris, the IDF said. Security forces immediately

Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, with his wife and four children

launched a manhunt for the Arab citizen from Jaffa. MDA and IDF paramedics

attempted to resuscitate Rabbi BenGal who was evacuated in critical condition to Beilinson Hospital

in Petah Tikvah but he was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds to his upper body. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his intentions clear in offering condolences to the victim’s family. “IDF and Shin Bet forces are in pursuit of the terrorist or terrorists and we will bring them to justice,” he said. “These are difficult moments, but are people come together during such times.” Netanyahu added: “I fully trust security forces, which are doing an outstanding job of protecting us.” Ariel Mayor Eli Shaviro appealed to Netanyahu, government ministers and Knesset parliamentarians to respond by annexing settlements in the area. “You have the responsibility to prevent the next terror attack,” he CONTINUED ON PAGE 2





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said. “Apply sovereignty.” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted: “The heart breaks, it’s only a matter of time before security forces will close accounts with the murderer.” Israeli president Reuven Rivlin was “deeply saddened” by the terror attack. “We all send comfort and strength to his widow, his four young children, his family and his students, who will never forget him,” he tweeted. ZAKA Commander in the Shai region, Gil Bismut, confirmed details of the stabbing. “I and my fellow ZAKA volunteers remained at the site to clear the area of human remains to ensure a full Jewish burial,” he said. Originally from Rehovot, Rabbi Ben-Gal lived in the community of Har Bracha where some 2500 residents live on the outskirts of Shechem, also known as Nablus. He was a teacher at the B’nei Akiva yeshiva in the Tel Aviv suburb of Givat Shmuel. Friends and family said he devoted his life to education, his students and his family. Close friend, Yogev Cohen, said of Ben-Gal that he was a “model father,” an “amazing husband” and “idealist” who helped build the settlement Har Bracha, where he also learnt in Kollel and Yeshiva. “He was a special mix of derech

eretz and Torah, a man with a heart of gold,” Cohen told Hebrew-language media, using a term for decency and morality. “Just last week he told me how much he loved his students and loved to teach them a mix of Torah, science and values.” Rabbi Ben-Gal was buried in Har Bracha on Tuesday morning and is the second Israeli to be killed in an attack in the West Bank in under a month. Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, was fatally shot by Palestinians terrorists Rabbi in a drive-by shooting near Nablus in the northern West Bank on January 9. On Monday, Shevach’s widow Yael indicated that the families knew each other and shared a picture on social media of her late husband with Itamar Ben-Gal with the words “I never thought I would feel like I had a sister,” she wrote. “We’ll get through this together.” West Bank Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said the two murders were unacceptable. “I cannot look more into the eyes of bereaved families,” Dagan commented. “It is not enough to chase terrorists. The terror infrastructure must be dealt with.” The killer, named Abed al-Karim Adel Assi, 19, has an Israeli mother and Palestinian father. However, investigations found Adel Assi was abandoned by his parents and went from one youth shelter to another

becoming addicted to drugs and spent the last few years living on the street and in different homeless shelters for youth. When he was 17, Adel Assi spent three months at a shelter for homeless youth aged 14-21 in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighbourhood operated by the Shanti House, a non-profit organization helping at-risk youth. He left after staff at the shelter urged him not to visit his father in Nablus, because they were concerned he would be taken advantage of by hostile elements. “He didn’t last here because at some point we forbad him from going to Nablus,” Halit Levy, the Shanti House’s coordinator, told Ynet. “He would go to his family in Nablus once a week, and we felt that an at-risk teenager regularly moving between Tel Aviv and Nablus, despite his blue (Israeli) ID, was dangerous.” “We told him we were no longer willing to allow him to regularly go to Nablus, only once every few months, and with us knowing who he’s going to see, how long he’s going for, and how he was coming back,” she said, adding this eventually led Abed to leave the Shanti House. “I don’t know what circumstances, after he left the Shanti House, eventually led him to become a terrorist and carry out this awful act,” Levy said. “It’s very sad to us. I’m sad such a teenager kills a father of four. We’re trying to help everyone,

but we don’t always succeed. Unfortunately, we were not able to help Abed. He chose violence, which contradicts all of the Shanti House’s values. But this won’t discourage us from helping the next child.” The terrorist’s Facebook page indicated that he became depressed, conflicted and radicalised over the last few months. The Shanti House takes in over 1,500 children a year regardless of religion, race or gender. There are Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, gay and lesbian children here. Some 50,000 children have stayed at the Shanti House. The killing brought condemnation in the United Kingdom. Board of Deputies senior Vice

President Richard Verber described the attack as a “brutal and cold blooded murder,” “We call on the Palestinian Authority to condemn this appalling attack and to end its daily incitement of terrorism against Israeli civilians, he said. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tweeted: “Whilst the murder of Itamar Ben-Gal earlier today, will likely receive little attention in the international press, we will continue to grieve following each and every one of these wicked acts of terrorism. May his memory be for a blessing.”

Maccabi GB in his 13th International Games in a management capacity but first time Pan Am Games. Green described the post as an “absolute privilege, which I am relishing” and is looking to take a strong delegation to Mexico. Daniel Jacobs and Rob Glass head up the Masters 35+ Football squad whilst Brian Donne and Ian Leader manage the Masters 55+. Darryl Lee, Adam Solomons and Adam Fegan had already accepted the 45+ Football squad post. Fresh from last summer’s Games, Jacobs has a wealth of experience ranging from community football with Arsenal and London Lions since its inception to representing Maccabi GB at European, Maccabiah and Pan American Games. “It’ll be a tough challenge, more so with the competition for the first time, taking place in the summer months,” he said. “But it’s one to

relish, the chance to take on the powerhouses of Masters football in their back yard was one too good to turn down.” Jacobs added: “My mantra has always been that these trips must be more than just football and the 10 days. For those lucky enough to be selected, we will again deliver a year to savour on and off the pitch culminating with a challenge for a medal out in Mexico.” Player-assistant manager Glass is a UEFA B licenced coach and puts his skills to the test when coaching

MLS feeder club in Michigan for two seasons before returning home. Rob has represented GB at two Maccabiah Games. “It’s an honour to be a part of this set up and to represent my country again. With the calibre of players available, we have a real chance.” Both Leader and Donne have a full set of Maccabi medals, winning Bronze with the over 45’s at the 2008 Pan Am’s in Argentina, silver in 1983 at the European Games, narrowly losing to Israel in the final and gold at the 2009 Maccabiah.

Leader, EHRS manager for 18 years, said, “We thought our international days were over so to have another opportunity is absolutely fantastic.” Donne commented: “We will take the competition seriously, set our sights high and go for gold but remember how lucky we are to be able to still play at our age. It is imperative we maintain perspective, have a great time and enjoy the experience one more time.”

Rabbi Ben-Gal with his wife

Green GB Head for Mexico Games BY ADAM MOSES

Maccabi GB have appointed Brian Green as Head of Delegation for the Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico next year. Green, a flag bearer at the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony last summer, will oversee Team

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Terror cell head killed in joint Israeli operation BY JAMES MARLOW AND ISAAC SHERMAN The head of a terrorist cell responsible for the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach last month was killed in an Israeli security forces operation in the early hours of Tuesday. Ahmed Nasser Jarrer was behind the ‘drive-by’ shooting on Route 60, close to the Israeli’s home in the community of Havat Gilad. Jarrer was shot as he ran towards security forces armed with an M-16 and a bag full of explosives. Shin Bet received intelligence that Jarrar was hiding in a complex of buildings in the village of Yamun, five miles west of Jenin, in the West Bank and moved in before 3am. Israeli troops also arrested accomplices who helped Jarrar hide and as they pulled out hundreds of Palestinian residents gathered at the scene. The governor of the Palestinian city of Jenin said Israeli authorities informed them that Jarrar was dead and he condemned Israeli forces for killing him. Clashes flared up between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the

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aftermath of the raid. IDF, Shin Bet and a Special Police Unit participated in the joint mission. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed there Israeli casualties. “As a result of the operation the terrorist was shot and killed,” Rosenfeld said. Following Shevach’s murder on January 9th, a manhunt for Jarrar and his accomplices had taken place around Shechem and local villages. Commandos killed Ahmed Ismail Muhammed Jarrer, who participated in Shevach’s murder, eight days after the attack. They have also captured a third terrorist. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman and President Reuven Rivlin all welcomed the operation. Netanyahu praised security forces for a “determined and complex operation”. “Several days ago, I told Rabbi Raziel Shevach’s widow that we would catch the murderers and last night the mission was completed,” he stated. Rabbi Shevach was a friend of

Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, who was fatally stabbed near Ariel on Monday. A manhunt continues for the assailant. Netanyahu commented: “Security forces will catch whoever tries to attack Israeli citizens and we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law. So it will be with the murderers of Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal.” “The account is closed,” commented Lieberman. “It was clear that it was only a matter of time, until we hit the head of the cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach. I hope and believe that in the near future we will also extend our hand to the murderer of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal.” Lieberman accused the Palestinian leadership of supporting terrorism. “The terrorists are embraced by the entire Palestinian leadership.” he noted. “I’m not talking about Hamas, I’m specifically talking about Fatah. Coming to offer condolences over the death of the terrorist’s cousin were all of the senior Fatah officials. Lieberman also charged that the


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Rabbi Raziel Shevach, with his family PHOTO CREDIT: YWN

perpetrators of the terror acts are seen as heroes. “There’s an enormous monetary incentive,” he added. “You have to understand that these terrorists’ families will immediately receive NIS 10,000 -12,000 to their accounts, which is five or six times the average wages in the PA.” Rivlin added: “We appreciate and salute all the security forces, who in a complex security operation and with proper daring, fought for our



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NAJOS calls on Jewish parents to lobby the DFe on relationship education BY LEAH WAXLER

The National Organisation for Orthodox Jewish Schools (NAJOS) is calling on parents to respond to the Department of Education’s ‘call for evidence’ relating to the Children’s and Social Work Bill making relationships education compulsory in Primary and Secondary schools. The deadline for submitting evidence to the DoE is Monday, February 12 (11.59am). NAJOS has created clear guidelines for parents on its website ( Parents, who will have access to NAJOS guidelines, can submit relevant documents or email questions to NAJOS or the DFe. “For us to be able to promote the religious and moral values that we espouse parents need to fill in the consultation document,” explained Judith Nemeth, NAJOS executive

anti-bullying, social skills and emotional health and well-being,” she said. “NAJOS is against lobbyists trying to commandeer relationship education to promote the LGBT community. That will make our lives very difficult.” Mrs Nemeth has worked closely with David Burrows, former MP of Southgate, who is executive chair of the strengthening families manifesto. “They are a strong group of MPs promoting ‘traditional’ families,” she explained. Under that umbrella, Mrs Nemeth spoke at the Houses of Parliament last week to make the case for religious ethos and practice in relationship education last week. “Jewish schools and organisations are so pleased that we are doing something to protect them,” she said.

director. “The more submissions we get will help our advocacy.” It is two years since NAJOS started to act on a ‘Green Paper’ published as part of the Children’s and Social Work Bill. The Bill became law in April 2017 with a view to it being compulsory in schools from September 2019. Certain aspects were unacceptable to NAJOS whose lobbying campaign resulted in amendments to including the words “within the tenets of the faith” being included in the Bill and a ‘opt out’ clause for secondary schools. Mrs Nemeth wanted the amendments to ensure schools “for religious reasons or parental request” may scale down the detail of what it taught to pupils in this area. “Relationship education is fine so long as its about tolerance,

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NAJOS has attended round-table discussions at the DFe and Parliament. Ian Bauckham, who is leading the consultation, is visiting a Jewish school this week where he will meet Rabbonim to discuss how relationship education must remain

within the Jewish ethos. NAJOS hopes to create an RSE Faith hub, setting out the parameters for Faith School’s teaching the subject. Thereafter they will guide schools in writing curricula and in training teachers.

Norwood’s brand new Sara’s Kitchen “perfect tribute” to late charity campaigner Sara Morein Sara’s Kitchen, a training kitchen for adults with learning disabilities as well as a working café, at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, is the “perfect tribute” to charity campaigner Sara Morein, after who it is named, according to her husband David. Norwood Chief Executive Elaine Kerr officially opened the cafe on Tuesday, 30 January. The brand new facilities were made possible by the extraordinary fundraising efforts of Food For You, a North-West London based charity set up by a group of female Jewish friends and family in 2004 ,who are wellknown in the community for their philanthropic acts. Committee member Sara Morein sadly died in 2015 and the remaining members decided to release Simply Food For You, their fifth cookbook, in her honour, with the proceeds going towards the exceptional new facilities for Norwood. Food For You committee member Susie Kahn said: “The book was incredibly well received, which we’re all very excited about. We’ve sold around 1,500 copies


already and some of the recipes have now become home staples for people, which is great. “The refurbishment of Sara’s Kitchen has been remarkably efficient, with it all happening very quickly. So today is very exciting, and also emotional obviously. Sara was so loved by us all and we really feel she would have been proud of what we’ve done,” continued Susie. Sara’s husband David Morein was at the event and said: “For her this would have been the perfect tribute to her memory, it’s fantastic. It encapsulates two of Sara’s main passions: a love of preparing delicious food and a genuine care and interest in helping others. My only sadness is that Sara had to die for all this to happen.” Norwood Chief Executive Elaine Kerr said that working with the Food For You committee “felt like a coming together of minds”. “Norwood and Food For You share so many of the same values, as well as both bringing something unique to the table: the love of food, the love of doing something

for those less fortunate being just two examples,” she continued. “I really hope that the kitchen serves the memory of Sara, who meant so much to so many people, and that that the people who go through the training here experience the joy in food preparation and learning that has been inspired by Sara and her own life.” Norwood catering training manager Mariette Mensah is also enjoying the new lease of life afforded to the café through Food For You’s incredible efforts, as are her trainees. “It’s been an amazing process, very rewarding and exciting,” she said. “At the moment we now have facilities to make hot food, which has made a huge impact to everything that we do. We can teach people to make dishes like soups and quiches, and also we’re busier as a café because we can serve hot meals. The people taking the training are very excited. At first they were a bit nervous because change can make people nervous, but now they’re really enjoying it.”


Poland cancels Bennett’s visit over Holocaust complicity remarks BY JAMES MARLOW

Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s diplomatic trip to Poland was cancelled hours after he announced his intention to assert Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust during his visit. In response to the cancellation, Bennett said, “I am honoured” after the Bayit Yehudi leader accused the Polish people of assisting in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. “The Polish parliament voted to outlaw any such link between the Nazi final solution policy and Pole involvement, making it a crime to link the two,” he added. Bennett was scheduled to visit Poland next Wednesday to address Polish students and meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin. But earlier this week, Bennett announced he would make it clear that the past cannot be rewritten and that while thousands of Poles helped Jews during the war, many others participated in their persecution. “I am going to speak truth, where the truth took place,” he said. The

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Polish government reacted by cancelling the visit.” After Bennett said he was “honoured” by the cancellation, he added, “The next generation has an important lesson to learn about the Holocaust of our people, and I will make sure they learn it. This decision by the Polish government will be a major part of the lessons of the Holocaust, even if they intended to achieve something else.” Bennett went on to admit that “indeed, the death camps in Poland were built and operated by

Education Minister Naftali Bennett

the Germans, and we cannot allow them to evade responsibility for these actions,” but reiterated his assertion that “many Polish people, all over the country, chased, informed or actively took part in the murder of over 200,000 Jews during, and after, the Holocaust.” He added that “Only a few thousand people, Righteous Among the Nations, risked themselves to save Jews. That is the truth. I agreed to a dialogue based on truth. The Polish government chose to evade this truth. No legislation will change the past,” Bennett said. The bill proposed by Poland’s ruling Conservative Law and Justice Party calls for fines and prison sentences of up to three years for purposely trying to attribute the crimes Nazi Germany carried out during the nearly six-year occupation to the Polish nation as a whole. Poland’s government is fighting against the use of phrases like “Polish death camps” to refer to the camps Nazi Germany operated on Polish soil. Poland has also sought to highlight its own suffering at the hands of the Nazis.

Polish Holocaust Bill decision slammed by Jewish organisations BY LEAH WAXLER

The European Jewish Association is to begin legal proceedings in Poland’s Constitutional Court against Polish President Duda’s decision to sign a Holocaust Bill that will impose jail sentences for suggesting the country was complicit in the Shoah. EJA chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin noted on Facebook that the President of Poland, had ignored European Jewry and international community concerns in signing a “delusional” bill into law. Rabbi Margolin requested that President Duda should hold back on ratifying the legislation until a meeting with Jewish leaders could be organised. “It seems inconceivable that an EU member state can be permitted to whitewash history by imposing draconian legislation that can imprison people for holding an alternative view on what happened during Europe’s darkest days,” he explained. Jewish organisations and Israeli politicians around world had lambasted the proposed bill. This decision is certain to inflame those feelings in the coming days. Duda did note that the bill would

be referred for judicial review by Poland’s constitutional court offering a possibility that it might be amended. Fines and prison sentences up to three years are in the bill. The Board of Deputies was swift to condemn the new Polish law making it illegal to attribute Holocaust crimes to Poland, rather than Nazi Germany. “Although it is historically inaccurate to use the term Polish death camps - they were clearly established by the Nazis - we are concerned that this new law may be trying to play down the fact that many Poles were also perpetrators during the Holocaust,” said Vice President Richard Verber. “We of course acknowledge that Poles were victims too and indeed there are many Polish righteous gentiles - more than any other nation. However the facts are clear that Poles were involved directly and indirectly in the murder of many, many Jews. “It also appears to be a law that is almost entirely unenforceable, suggesting that it is more for political capital than historical truth.”

Artificial Intelligence will change all our lives BY JAMES MARLOW With so many investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups gathered in Jerusalem last week for the fourth annual Global Equity OurCrowd summit, journalists from around the world were overwhelmed with the amount of new technology expected to revolutionise our lives in the coming years. From driverless taxis, talking robots and sophisticated drones to the doctor behind the computer screen examining you, police cameras identifying missing children on patrol and the blind being told who is in the room with them, there was a great deal of news to write about. Over the coming weeks, The Jewish Weekly will focus on just some of the latest tech on show being presented at the Jerusalem Conference Centre last Thursday which attracted more than 10,200 people from 96 different countries, some of whom have little or no relations with Israel, officially. The Our Crowd company who was responsible for putting together this most spectacular and successful

event has now raised $650 million for 145 start-ups since it was founded in 2013 and is expected to top $1 billion later this year. Electricity revolutionised the world just over a hundred years ago. The internet changed the way we operate twenty years ago and now there is no question that Cognitive Artificial Intelligence (CAI) is going to change our society as we know it. No part of industry or society is going to be spared from this phenomenon which actually began four decades ago. Artificial Intelligence is the science of making computer and micro-chips do things that humans already do. AI development is primarily concerned with enabling computers to solve complex problems. But it’s not just about building machines or algorithms, AI is about thinking like you and I do and challenges the computer or robot to ‘mimic’ human responses. You’ll find task-orientated AI at work today in a variety of places, from language processing to face recognition, computer vision

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systems in driverless cars and even the spam filters in your email. Imagine that both an AI and a cognitive system had to analyse a huge database of medical records and journal articles to determine treatment for a patient. In an artificial intelligence system, it would have told the doctor which course of action to take based on its analysis. In cognitive computing, the system provides information to help the doctor decide. Cognitive systems are designed


to solve problems the way humans solve problems, by thinking, reasoning and remembering. This approach gives cognitive computing systems an advantage allowing them to learn and adapt as new data arrives and to explore and uncover things you would never know to ask about. Ultimately, AI and cognitive computing systems are based on the ability of machines to sense, reason, act and adapt based on learned experience. They will] relieve us of

a wide range of tasks, such as driving, firefighting, mining and much more. We will also see unprecedented developments in medicine, scientific discovery, education and how work gets done. For a greater insight into the future of AI, The Jewish Weekly will focus on some of of these new innovative ways of doing things from next week.


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This year the national day marking the Holocaust was Shabbat 27 January. National Holocaust Day or “Holocaust Memorial Day” as it is now called, was instigated largely as a result of the efforts of the Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks.

Adam Moses’ outline (Issue of 1st Feb.16th Shevat) of the new CST report alongside the WJC warning about the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Europe is sobering. The antidote does not lie with the criminal justice system nor with the political parties as his report cites.

It is with considerable disappointment and concern that we noted that many synagogues failed to mark the occasion by reciting any memorial prayers, or even referring to the occasion in any way. This is particularly ironic as most synagogues, on a Shabbat, recite memorial prayers marking the occasion of the passing of relatives of members or attendees. It is unlikely that 27 January (HMD) will fall on a Shabbat for some time, but we urge all synagogues to ensure that the occasion is not allowed to pass without even a mention. Yours sincerely CLIVE BOXER Vice-Chairman – AJEX

The antidote lies with ourselves as we see from the pattern of events described in the book of Judges, Shofetim. There the decline of the Israelites attachment to a Torah lifestyle and their leanings towards idolatry lead to a worsening of their lot. Their resulting desperation followed by repentance allowed G-d to improve their situation in a pattern that repeated itself over and over again. The current widespread decline, among large sections of the community, in the practice of a Torah lifestyle and the corrosion of Jewish values under the influence of the wider society is the direct cause of growing anti-Semitism. The increasing hatred is a wake-up call. If we heed the call with increased Torah and Mitzvot then the hatred will serve no purpose and will melt away. We must heed the call. History has shown us that this is the only way. Chaim Kaye

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Aish Young Professionals reach Jewish learning at Southend out to London’s homeless This week participants of the new young professionals programme ‘Aish Unfiltered’ got together to enjoy a bagel brunch at the home of Rabbi Moshe and Liat Mayerfeld in West Hampstead, before preparing ‘survival packs’ to be distributed among London’s homeless population. The packs included: hats, socks, first aid kits, sleeping bags, pillow, mattress and raincoats and were funded by a separate online crowdfunding campaign called ‘Change a Life’ that successfully raised over £700 in just a week. Participants split into teams of 2 and 3 and gave out over 30 packs

as well as some hot soup in the Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square areas, sharing stories, laughter and tears with some inspiring people who have experienced much hardship in life. Two of the volunteers, Jade Fox and Chen Pomeranz commented: “It was so moving to see how a simple act of kindness can help enrich someone’s life. It is so important to make a conscious effort to proactively help people in need. Giving practical things like sleeping bags shows that someone is truly thinking about them and gives them one less thing to worry about.” Rabbi Eli Birnbaum added: “It is

One of the grateful homeless men

Rabbi Binyamin Bar organized the 4th annual Jewish Learning in Southend for the extended Southend community. Close to 100 people attended for an evening of inspiration and learning. The program began with a meal in recognition of Tu Beshvat prepared by Suzanne Elman. Lord Monroe Palmer, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords entertained

the audience with his humour and knowledge through “A view from The Lords”. Participants then had options to hear from Philip Hyman who covered “Leonard Bernstein as a Jewish Musician” or Charles Landau who presented “Anschluss, Munich, Evian, Kristallnacht. Expulsion on the Road to Destruction. Did the Jews realize there was no future and their fate was sealed?”

Receiving some of the gifts

difficult to find the right words to describe how profoundly moving and eye-opening this experience was. One of the most basic and fundamental tenets of the Torah’s teachings is that of reaching out to the helpless and needy. As Psalm 89 states: ‘The world is built through kindness’. This Sunday saw a group of young professionals sacrifice their time in order to make a real difference to the lives of people who genuinely need our support. Beyond this, the Kiddush Hashem created at a time when interfaith dialogue and relations are at all-time lows was a tremendously valuable achievement. We look forward to running many more similar events in the very near future!”

Lord Monroe Palmer introduced by Rabbi Bar.

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Johnny and Damian kick cancer with 5K Run raising £4,750 for Chai On Sunday 4th February Johnny Maurer together with Damian Schogger and friends and family, completed a 5K run in aid of Chai Cancer Care. They have raised an incredible £4,750 so far, with the help of the amazing generosity of over 85 sponsors exceeding their initial target of £3,000. Johnny said: “I wanted to raise money for this amazing charity

with all of its wonderful volunteers who help cancer patients like myself and more importantly our families and the wider community who need them no questions asked just support and more support, thank you! I was diagnosed with cancer in September after having just completed my 6th chemo session (and hopefully the last before my

operation), I am feeling strong enough to do a 5K run with my friend and running guru, Damian, who has agreed to do a couple of training sessions with me, as I normally only run to my car and shul, of course! I hope with this run to give something back and help Chai with the incredible work they do.”

Last Motzei Shabbat, over 130 people enjoyed a delicious salmon supper fun quiz in Barnet Shul run by Richard Carlowe and David Kurash, raising funds for the Shul. PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL LANG

Science Week at Lubavitch

Great fun was had by all when “Emily’s Adventures in Wonderland” organised a science week at Lubavitch Boys School in Stamford Hill. The boys made rockets , elephant toothpaste and volcanoes.

A group photo with the happy participants


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2 Second-Partner: Submit your name at the tefillas rabim 15 Second-Partner: Submit your name to Maran Reb Chaim Kanievsky

‫“זו מצווה גדולה מאוד ובע”ה‬ ‫אלו שיהיו שותפים למצווה‬ ‫יהיה להם זכות להצליח‬ ”‫בכל הדברים‬ Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlita

30 Second-Partner: Receive a bottle of ‫ יין של ברכה‬from a siyum of Maran Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlita for your Purim Seuda

Adopt-a-Second at the Har Nof Purim Kollel

This Purim, 1,500 Avreichim will once again, disconnect from the chaos, and will be dedicating two hours to an amazing Shavuos-Style learning session of Shushan Purim night. It’s tremendously challenging and enormously difficult but immensely rewarding. The atmosphere is electrifying, the ruach is indescribable!

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So many of us are suffering and so many of us need yeshuos. So we dare not forget the power of Torah learning, specifically on the holy day of Purim. The zechus can break through the gates of Shomayim, allowing our tefillos to reach the Kisei Hakavod. After two uninterrupted hours of limud ha’Torah on leil Shushan Purim, five minutes is then dedicated to the Tefillas Rabim. It’s hard to imagine the koach of this tefilla, taking place immediately after such an uplifting seder. In the zechus of sanctifying this special day with so much extra Torah and tefilla, we should merit to see yeshuos, each one of us, where we need it most. May this Purim be a time of true rejoicing for all Yidden everywhere!

It is told about the father of the Avnei Nezer zatza”l, that once, when he studied Torah on Purim, there was no one else in the entire world who was studying Torah at that time and with his study he was mekayem the entire world. It was then revealed to him from Heaven in a dream that in that zechus, he would merit a son that would light up the entire world with his Torah. It was that year, that the Avnei Nezer was born.

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* The number of Avreichim is based on last year’s Purim Kollel. The exact number of this year’s kollel is final on Purim.


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Har Nof Kollel launches new initiative Purim ‘giving’ opportunites through GIFT “Adopt-a-Second” This Purim at least one thousand five hundred Avreichim are expected to once again take part in the Shavuos-Style Purim Kollel on Shushan Purim night. Purim is such a hectic time so it’s tremendously challenging and enormously difficult to disconnect and learn for two whole hours. But for those who have previously experienced it, its immensely rewarding. The atmosphere in the Beis Medrash is electrifying and the ruach is indescribable. Purim Kollel is a division of The Har Nof Kollel, under the guidance of Maran Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita and was established to encourage such learning sessions, particularly at times that often tend not to be properly utilized. The Kollel provides its Avreichim with stipends, meat and wine before Yamim Tovim and other special occasions. It is told about the father of the Avnei Neizer zatza”l, that once, when he studied Torah on Purim, there was no one else in the entire world who was studying Torah at that time and with his study he was mekayem the entire world. It was then revealed to him from Heaven in a dream that in that zechus he would merit a son that would light

Vue of the Kollel

Last years event

up the entire world with his Torah. That year, the Avnei Neizer was born. So many of us are suffering and need yeshuos that we dare not forget the power of Torah learning, specifically on the holy day of Purim. The zechus can break through the gates of Shomayim, allowing our tefillos to reach all the to the Kisei Hakavod. The Kollel “Adopt-a-Second” campaign encourages generous partners to adopt a few seconds each and distribute tzedaka funds on Purim day to the Avreichim. The generous stipend, distributed on Purim night, makes it that bit easier for the Avreichim to celebrate Purim and helps pay towards the Purim Seuda and other mitzvos hayom. The partners also share the zechus

of the Torah learning with a Yissachar Zevulan partnership. Two hours of learning and then five minutes is dedicated to the inspiring and emotional Tefillos Rabim. It’s hard to imagine the koach of this tefilla which takes place immediately after such an uplifting seder. Two second partners can submit a name for the tefillas rabbim, fifteen second partners can also submit a name to Maran Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlita. Thirty second partners will receive a bottle of wine from a siyum of Maran Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlita for the Purim seuda. Reb Chaim Kanievsky shlita said on Tuesday to donors that This is an especially big mitzvah and Bezras Hashem those who will be partners in this mitzvah will be matzliach with everything The zechus of sanctifying this special day with so much extra Torah and tefilla will surely allow the partners to see yeshuos, each one, where it’s needed. May this Purim be a time of true rejoicing for all Yidden everywhere! To Partner 03300-432-613 www.


Purim baskets

making decorations for care homes and hospitals, decorating humentaschen and learning about the importance of donating to those in need through Matonos Le’evyonim. In London and Manchester, a Bar Mitzvah boy (Yossi Hurst) and Bat Mitzvah girl (Evie Deacon) are raising money as part of their Bnei Mitzvah projects, to purchase Mishloach Manot for GIFT families. Please support them! - https:// yossisbm GIFT has a donation text code set up for Matonos Le’evyonim which will enable the community to fulfil the Mitzvah with ease anytime from now until the day of Purim and will enable the charity to distribute money directly to families on the day of Purim – please text LOTS18 £10 to 70070 or contact the GIFT office on 0208 457 4429,

New committee for Laniado UK

Laniado UK is delighted to announce the formation of an advisory committee to assist its many friends in supporting Laniado Hospital, Netanya. Following a kick-off meeting at its offices in Hendon, the Steering Committee for Legacies, Donations and Covenants will offer advice on a wide range of areas including will writing, taxation and financial advice. The team consists of Mr Stephen Pack, former President of the United Synagogue and senior partner at Price Waterhouse (PwC), Chartered Financial Planners Filip Slipaczek, Richard Kafton of Cedar House Financial Services and Devorah Ormonde of Wiseman Lee Year 6 House Captains at the Holocaust Memorial Day Service of Remembrance solicitors. - Samuel Anto-Agyei, Aaron Cap- readings from children in schools Announcing the launch, Laniado lin, Ethan Clerck and Talia Woolf, across Redbridge delivered a UK’s David Rose said ‘we are both were honoured to attend the annual powerful message and the service honoured and delighted to have Redbridge Holocaust Memorial ended with all attendees reciting such a high-profile and expert team Day Service of Remembrance. the Statement of Commitment in place, assisting our many friends in the UK interested in being part of The theme of the service this year together. the future of Laniado.’ was “The Power of Words” and

Holocaust Memorial Day at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School Three Year 6 pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School Ethan Clerck, Samantha Falk and Ava Rose - joined three other Redbridge primary schools to share speeches of hope in remembrance of the Holocaust. Speeches on the theme of ‘hope’ were given by 12 primary school children. The event was non-competitive with constructive feedback given by a judging panel consisting of Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, Gearies Primary School headteacher Bob Drew and Highlands Primary School headteacher Dr Kulvarn Atwal. Our Year 6 House Captains

This Purim, GIFT charity in London and Manchester have a range of new exciting ‘giving’ initiatives! In London, GIFT is inviting the community to sponsor a Purim parcel for a family struggling financially, which will be distributed the week of Purim. The Purim baskets – selling for £7.50 and £15 will be stocked in shops and restaurants around North West London eg. White Fish, White House, Mendy’s, Hadar, Shefa Mehadrin, Sharon’s Bakery, the GIFT office & the GIFT Website – www. GIFT will also be selling Purim cards in shops across NW London; proceeds of which will be going to help those in need in our community. In Manchester, GIFT is selling beautiful Mishloach Manot packages to the community and the proceeds will go towards purchasing food for Pesach. GIFT London’s annual Post Purim Mishloach Manot collection will be taking place on Sunday 4th March in Hendon, Edgware, Borehamwood, Golders Green & Stamford Hill. The community is invited to donate much needed substantial nutritious food and wine in addition to their surplus Mishloach Manot. In Manchester and London, GIFT’s education team are running Purim themed activities in schools for almost 1000 students in JFS, Hasmonean, Broughton Jewish, King David Primary School and Bury and Whitefield schools,

Built by the Klausenberger Rebbe in 1975, Laniado stands as a life-affirming response to the devastation of the Holocaust, where he lost his wife, eleven children and most of his disciples. Run on a vision of compassion to humanity, its 450 bed campus treats every patient, regardless of race or religion. To contact the committee or to find out more about Laniado, please visit or email

One of the committee members, former President of the United Synagogue, Mr Stephen Pack

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Historic Fathers and Sons Event Ladies’ Tu B’Shvat Seder A highly impressive event was held last Motzoei Shabbos, 3rd February, bringing together the Avot uBanim centres of all Charedi shuls in North West London. Attended by 2300 participants the siyum celebrated the learning of the entire 6 volumes of the Mishna under one roof, followed by a celebratory Melave Malka meal. The evening held at the Allianz Centre in Hendon saw fathers and sons first studying the usual Avot uBanim session before the festive Siyum. The chairman for the evening Rabbi Nechemiah Jaffe of Edgware called on the noted Dayan, Rabbi Dovid Dunner to lead the Tehilim. The Hadran was recited by Yossi Lerner to whose great grandparents Mr and Mrs Zalman Noe the evening was dedicated by their daughter & son in law, Mr & Mrs Sholom Lerner. Kaddish was then said by Mr Sammy Rosenthal in memory of his mother, Mrs Brucha Rosenthal. In his inimitable style the huge crowd was inspired by the guest speaker, Rabbi Pinchos Schneelbag of Witznitz Yeshiva in Stamford Hill. Younger children who have not yet

held at Belmont Shul

Yossi Lerner speaking in memory of his great grandparents, Mr & Mrs Z Noe

started learning mishna were kept occupied by a special activity workbook. The older boys were given a specially printed booklet of their alloted Mishnayos and all enjoyed a meal of hot dogs and kugel followed by ice cream. Before benching a short video of the Gateshead Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avrohom Gurwicz giving a pre-recorded message was shown. The evening which was hailed as a great success by all attendees is sure to remain in the memory for years to come.

Belmont synagogue WOW initiative welcomed over 70 women to their Tu B’shvat Seder on Monday night. The hall was packed with a diverse cross-section of the community and beyond, and the room was buzzing. The tables were laid beautifully with delicious fruits and salads, and under Rebbetzin Lisa Leven’s ever enthusiastic leadership, another exceptional WOW (women of worth) event was deemed a huge success. Preceding each of the four cups of wine, a speaker from the Belmont community, each one a WOW themselves, engaged the audience with an interesting and inspiring take on what Tu B’shevat means to them. Sarah Rose cleverly compared her growth and journey through life with the Tree of Life quoting a moving piece by Yoni Netanyahu. The other speakers and of course Lisa herself, were thought provoking and filled with positivity leaving everyone feeling uplifted and in great spirits. Rebbetzin Binstock from Raleigh Close interspersed the set events with music. She played her guitar and everyone sang their hearts out. It was delightful! The evening was a true demonstration of how, when women set their minds to it, they can create dynamic and exciting events that

TAL (Torah Action Life) together with Anshei Shalom hosted a wonderful communal Tu Bishvat Seder followed by a cocktail evening for Jewish Young Professionals. TAL is London’s leading one stop platform for Jewish youth to mix socialise and be inspired. Via its growing network of daily lectures and exciting events TAL has engaged thousands of Jewish youth. TAL Founder and Director Rabbi Jonathan Tawil said “This was our sixth year together

Having fun at the cocktail bar

with Anshei Shalom and it was a pleasure to see how the community is growing under the leadership of Rabbi Fhima. TAL flourishes on inspiring Jewish youth creating a social hub and platform for them to thrive and be inspired. Tu Bishvat is all about the fruit - today we tasted not just the fruit of the tree but also the fruit of our efforts. Thanks to DJ Daniel Fadlun for the amazing tunes. The feedback has been amazing.”

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The large crowd listening to the chairman’s speech

TAL’ s Tu B’Shvat Cocktail Party

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Global initiative launched to encourage greater appreciation for Israeli Military in advance of 70th Anniversary In advance of Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations, high schools around the globe are signing up to take part in an educational and social initiative to focus on a more complex side of the country’s existence and the personal price that wars have had on Israeli society and way of life. The initiative is being promoted in tandem with the groundbreaking new film entitled When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope by Imagination Productions. The film was recently featured at the Jewish Film Festival in Miami which highlighted Israeli

films in advance of the 70th anniversary celebrations. The film follows three soldiers, each seriously injured during a recent battle or war in Israel and the daily struggles they have emotionally and physically. Telling their story in their own words and through animation, the viewer goes on an emotional journey through anticipation of their life’s destiny as a soldier; fear during battle, the trauma of injury, survival and hope. “When you read in the paper about a soldier that got injured, you say ‘phew, at least he is not dead’. You don’t even think about what it

Still from the film, when the smoke Clears


Looking forward to spring at Jewish Care School children celebrated the festival of Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees at the end of January, with residents of Jewish Care homes and community centre members. Customs for this annual festival include eating a wide variety of fruit, planting and nature based activities. In Golders Green, children from Menorah Primary School visited residents and day centre members at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus where they sang, chatted and enjoyed new fruits together. Members of Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre planted spring bulbs on Friday. Neil Taylor, Director of Community Services at Jewish Care, said, “It’s so important to our residents and members to celebrate

the Jewish festivals and these intergenerational visits provide a great focus for stimulating and creative activities. “The school children bring energy and joy to Jewish Care resources and we know that the children enjoy talking with older people, who often share memories of what life was like in their school days”.

Joyce Rodgers plants hyancinths for Tu B’Shvat at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre

Kingsbury Mikvah update

In order to facilitate matters, the committee of the Kingsbury Mikveh are happy to inform the community that they will shortly be going on to an appointment system for Ladies. Mrs Flora Frank said “ we warmly welcome everyone to our special mikveh”. If you would like to make an appointment please call 020 8204 6390.

means,” says one of the film’s subjects, Ofer, who was wounded in the Second Lebanon War. “I don’t think going to war is heroic. I think what is heroic is when I see people who chose to live after what they’ve gone through.” The programME, already signed on to by more than forty schools, includes an Instagram campaign that will serve as a shared social space for students around the world to interact and connect over this learning experience. The film will be screened globally on Israel’s Military Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron, April 18th. The film’s producers, Rebecca Shore and Raphael Shore say they were motivated to expose a side of the Israeli narrative that often goes unheard while doing so in a way that would relate to audiences of all ages. “We know that death and loss have always been accepted as part of what our nation has experienced since independence,” says Rebecca Shore. “But the sad reality is that we know much less about the traumas of those who were injured and how those experiences impact on the rest of their lives and those around them.” This focus on the individual

Still from the film, When the Smoke Clears

soldiers and their families are designed to encourage deeper discussion and powerful questions in the classroom about service, struggle, brotherhood and resilience. Imagination Productions has developed a specially-designed cut of the film for student audiences as well as an accompanying curriculum and discussion guide and instructor training. “Students around the world connect to Israel in many ways,” says Shore. “But it is imperative they appreciate the sacrifices of her soldiers not just in terms of memorial but also how these traumas impact on everyday life in Israel for so many people, “she says. “This is a big part of the story of the nation’s heroism and victory. We welcome

the chance to share this perspective while also employing social media to promote engagement in ways we know best conforms to the interests of younger students.” Schools are invited to find out about this global movement by visiting yom-hazikaron-2018/

‘Amazing’ Norwood supporters raise more than £155,000 at elite property awards dinner Some of the biggest names in the UK property sector were recognised at the YN Property Awards Dinner at the Hilton Park Lane hotel on Thursday, 1 February. The event, which saw 450 guests from across the industry, raised £155,000 for Jewish charity Norwood, which supports vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism. Introducing the evening, YN Property Committee Co-Chair David Jacobsen said the YN Property Awards Dinner was “without a doubt, THE event for young professionals in the property industry today”. “It is a night where we come together to recognise some of the best and brightest young talent in our industry,” he continued. “There is a striking parallel to be drawn between the property industry and Norwood. Just as building personal relationships and integration into a community are important to be a success in our chosen


Wayne Chodosh

industry, they also sit at the core of all that Norwood does. Having grown up with family members that struggle daily with severe learning disabilities, I have seen first-hand the enhancements that an organisation such as Norwood can bring to their lives through personal relationships and community.” Guests themselves saw some of the outstanding work Norwood does in the community in Norwood’s appeal film. Following the film, Wayne Chodosh, whose son has autism and lives in Norwood’s Highview residence, spoke about his experiences with the charity. “I realised that I wouldn’t be

around forever, so I got in touch with Norwood to make plans for when I and my wife were no longer here,” he said. “And that was the start of what I call the ‘magic carpet ride’,” he said. “Norwood are amazing, when they came on board they dealt with social services – nobody trains you to deal with social services and we were drowning.” He continued: “Now Jake is a success story. He’s living in a wonderful house in Edgware and he has a great life. Jake, who can’t talk, goes to work in an estate agent for three hours a week. That’s all because of Norwood and the support of all of you here tonight.”

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Council boosts freedom of faith schools BY BRIAN GORDON The London Borough of Barnet , which has the largest Jewish population in the UK, has issued a forthright call to the Government to preserve the historic status quo regardng the teaching of sensitive issues at faith schools. The matter was debated at a full meeting of the Council last Tuesday, following a national consultation recently launched by the Department of Education. The consultation relates to the teaching of issues of personal relationships and “protected characteristics”, both at high school and primary school levels. A motion, passed unanimously by the 63-strong Council - 32 Conservative, 30 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat - stated inter alia: “The Council very much recognises and values the diversity of faith schools within this Borough , notes the excellent achievements of many of them and would not wish to see these schools undermined. Council calls on the Government to allow faith schools to deal with the teaching of the said subjects in a manner consistent with their religious ethos, including the promotion of tolerance



and to ensure the safeguarding of children. Council requests the Government to ensure the Department of Education allows for this in its pending guidelines and to call on OFSTED inspectors to be sensitive and understanding of this when carrying out their inspections” Proposing the motion, Cllr Brian Gordon (Conservative) said the issue was vitally important to numerous residents of the Borough. Acknowledging the dangers of social media to children he explained that in the orthodox Jewish community its availability was strictly controlled and that indecent, explicit material was forbidden. He emphasised that Judaism, as with some other faiths, had its own inbuilt biblically prescribed forms of safeguarding which had withstood the test of time for thousands of years. Inasmuch as the current drive to teach about relationships and varied lifestyles was geared to tolerance, diversity and combatting extremism , Cllr Gordon emphasised that Jewish schools were entirely on board on these concepts. He said “Respect for other people’s cultures and beliefs , opposing prejudice and racism, and appreciating British values

of law observance, democracy and peaceful community relations are all an integral part of Jewish teaching. But when it comes to matters of intimate personal relationships and certain other lifestyles that conflict with biblical doctrines, respect for traditional beliefs has to be shown. It cannot be right for the schools of Jews,Catholics Muslims or any other religion to be expected to teach concepts that are in conflict with their own faith. Trying to compel them to do so is itself an act of intolerance and discrimination . It’s an unacceptable infringement of religious freedom”. The motion received support from Cllr Paul Edwards on behalf of the Labour Group. Referring to his own Catholic upbringing he said that the religious family values imparted to him, his adherence to certain fundamental values of right and wrong and his belief in G-d had helped shaped his view of fairness within society. He said that the children of today’s generation should not be denied those religious teachings if that is the will of their parents. But it should always be done “in a spirit of tolerance and respect for the beliefs and lifestyles

of others”. Council Leader Richard Cornelius (Conservative) said that the motion deserved the support of all sections of the hamber, especially in such a large and prominent borough with so many faith schools and diverse cultures. He said “Parents are the right people to choose the type of education best suited to their children. Faith schools are an important part of that choice. They were set up by religious organisations rather than by the state, with their own faiths and ethos as the foundation. They are usually among the best schools in the Borough. Government at all levels should not intervene unless something is

seriously wrong”. Cllr Gordon said afterwards “Barnet, under its current Conservative controlled administration, has once again taken the lead on an issue affecting our community, as it did in being the first to endorse the wider definition of antisemitism and calling for a total ban on Hezbollah. I hope other Councils will follow on this vital matter of faith schools, which are an integral part of this country’s educational freedom and success. We must fight to preserve and protect their purity and moral independence with all the power and democratic apparatus at our disposal”

70th anniversary celebrated

Boys Town Jerusalem 70th Anniversary Dinner PHOTO CREDIT: JON RIFKIN

£1.2m raised for World Jewish Relief to support world’s poorest Jews The situation for Ukraine’s Jews was brought sharply into focus this week. Guests at World Jewish Relief’s Annual Dinner heard about some of the challenges facing the Jewish community there and the difference the charity has made in the past year. The dinner was hosted by art historian, writer and broadcaster Jacky Klein who told guests how she wouldn’t be alive today were it not for the British Jewish community supporting her grandfather when he fled the Nazis and arrived in the UK in 1939. Keynote speaker Philippe Sands QC told 500 diners how the charity had also helped his family when they fled the Nazis to begin a new life in

Britain. “It is an honour to be here tonight to support this extraordinary organisation,” he said. He spoke about his book East West Street and revealed that he had discovered the history of Lviv-born Raphael Lemkin, the Jewish lawyer who coined the term ‘genocide’, while researching a talk he had been asked to give at the University of Lviv in Western Ukraine. “I ended up teaching them that one of the most prominent figures in human rights history was not only from Lviv but had studied at the very university where I was now lecturing,” he said. World Jewish Relief’s Chair, Dan Rosenfield, told supporters that he was sounding the alarm bell for Ukraine’s Jewish community.

Dan Rosenfield, chair, World Jewish Relief, Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Henry Grunwald QC, President, World Jewish Relief

“Let it ring in our ears. The vulnerability, poverty and despair I have seen with my own eyes in places like Kiev and Kharkov cannot go on. We have two choices: we can stand back, we can say our Jewish family should abandon their homes, the homes of their mothers and fathers, and move to Israel. For some that might be the answer, but for others it’s not. Or we can take responsibility and act. World Jewish Relief is about action. We are about the here and now, changing Jewish lives across Eastern Europe.” Chief Rabbi Mirvis, appearing in the fundraising video, said: “Giving [tzedakah] is central to our Jewish identity. Each and every one of us has it within our power to give in a remarkable way: to enrich lives, to help lives and to save lives.” Guests were told how in the past year World Jewish Relief has supported 42,899 people across 19 countries, repairing 327 Jewish homes, providing homecare for 2,397 older Jews and helping a further 7,086 people gain employment. Longstanding World Jewish Relief volunteer Harry Heber was presented with the inaugural Harry Heber Outstanding Volunteer Award to mark 20 years of volunteering for World Jewish Relief. Harry was only seven years old when he was


forced to flee the Nazis, arriving alone in Britain 80 years ago on one of the first Kindertransports and grew up to become an optician. In 1997, Harry read an article about how World Jewish Relief had rescued the Kindertransport children. Determined to give back to the organisation that saved his life, Harry became a World Jewish Relief volunteer and set up the World Jewish Relief Optical Programme when he discovered that thousands of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe didn’t have the gift of sight because they couldn’t afford glasses. Using his extensive experience, within a year Harry had dispatched 1,000 new pairs of prescription glasses to people who desperately needed them. The number has since grown to nearly 60,000 prescriptions in 15 countries. The award was presented to Harry by Hannah Layton, Chair of Young World Jewish Relief. The event raised more than £1.2m to benefit the world’s poorest Jews. Donations will support 18,000 older Jews with homecare and welfare programmes and put another 3,000 people through World Jewish Relief’s livelihood programmes to find a job and break the cycle of poverty forever. World Jewish Relief’s Chief Executive, Paul Anticoni, said: “I

Philippe Sands

never fail to be bowled over by the kindness of World Jewish Relief’s supporters. On Monday evening they heard the challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable Jewish communities and they responded so generously. We could not do any of the life-saving and life-changing work without their support and I want to thank each and every one of them on behalf of the Jewish communities we support in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.” PHOTO CREDIT: ANDY TYLER

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Bill Williams - ‘Mr Manchester Music Extravaganza 2018 at Jewish Museum’ dies at 84 BWJPS a huge success Without Bill Williams there would be no Manchester Jewish Museum. He and others had the foresight to convert the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester as the perfect location. The Manchester Jewish Museum was founded in 1984, the Museum reflects the heritage of the Jewish people of Manchester. Mr Williams passed away on Sunday after a short illness, he was Life President and Historical Adviser, to the Manchester Jewish Bill Williams Museum.

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Danny Fairclough 9 a BJCFP School pupil in the yr 5 Violin class

Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein at High View Yeshiva

Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein had breakfast with the Yeshiva Bochurim at High View Yeshiva on Sunday morning.

Uncle Moishy entertains BJCFP school year 2 Chumash party at the Hilton Suit

Yr2 boys celebrate

Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein at the Hilton

Rabbi Zecharriah Wallerstein, spoke pm Motzei Shabbat Hilton Suite, Prestwich

Rabbi Berel Cohen handing out the Chumash’s to BJCFP School Yr 2 pupils

Stuart Foster dies suddenly at 53 The community has been left in shock after Stuart Foster has suddenly passed away at 53. As a mark of respect the local MJSL matches were all cancelled, as he had lots of friends who play in the league. He left behing his wife Debra with two children and was a member of the Shrubberies, the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation.

Uncle Moishy at the Hilton Suite Monday evening

D’Var Torah by 7 year old Benny Gordon

Stuart Foster

The finale of the leadership course at the Whitefield Jewish Youth Centre

The participants in the background, and (L-R) Clair Simon, Mychiel Balshine and Fiona Maynard sitting down


Benny Gordon 7 giving a D’Var Torah with Rabbi Yehuda Pearlman,Friday morning PHOTO CREDIT: LAWRENCE PURCELL

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Over £2000 raised for Chai Cancer Care by pupils at BJCFP school A Cheque for £2,090.15p to Chai Cancer Care raised by a sponsored Keep Fit by the pupils. Pictured are pupils, Moshe Hassan, Saadya Ellituv, Meital Hastleton, teacher Mr M.Cull Jilly Berens Community Fundraiser, Chai Cancer Care.

The cheque being presented

Eric Cohen leads the Nicky Alliance Centre discussion group

Nicky Alliance Centre discussion group lead by 84 year old Eric Cohen

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22 Leeds Brownies enjoyed an “Around the World in Three days” ‘indoor’ camping weekend BY DAVID SAFFER Twenty-two Leeds Brownies enjoyed an “Around the World in Three days” ‘indoor’ camping weekend. Participants were split into European groups during the day - France, Germany, Italy and for activities. The girls were taught different ways of greeting people, made African masks, Chinese lanterns

and their own pizza for dinner. They also enjoyed an improvised Shabbat Service and Chazan Alby Chait led a Havdalah service. Leah Serr was named ‘Best Brownie’ at the end of proceedings. Deborah Selwyn, Linda Lee and Tracy Gould led activities with help from volunteers Amanda Evans, Amy Kessler, Sadie Wilson, Claudia Fingret, Craig Simons and Sara Grantham.

Leeds Brownies enjoying the weekend retreat

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ASK THE RABBI Looking for answers? Send your question to Biblical Questions Dear Rabbi, I came across your column online here in the States and have some Biblical questions which I wonder if you can answer: (1) Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians? (2) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? (3) I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

(4) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10 - it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination? (5) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of G-d if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20 or is there some wiggle-room here? (6) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? (7) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? (8) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyes-

Tehillim Psalm 39 In this weeks Psalm, we are taught that man is meant to pray for the ability to live a life devoted to Hashem, with as little distraction as possible. This does not mean that we must not work, but as much time as we can should be devoted to G-d. The Psalm introduces us to Jeduthun, who was the leader of the Temple choristers. However, according to a midrash, the word Jeduthun is not referring to the Temple choirmaster, rather it refers to the word “datot - decrees.” This makes reference to the decrees that have unfortunately befallen our people. Suffering makes one aware of human frailty and transience and often people come close to Hashem during times of distress or great peril. King David made a resolve not to voice any complaints, or to question the ways of

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ter blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:1016. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair? David Dear David, Tempted as I am to offer you a rational response to your questions, I’m guessing that’s not what you want to hear, so here goes: 1) The prohibition is to the residents of your land not any neighbours. The residents of your country obviously are ignorant (as seen from your readings), lazy (as seen from your e-mail for being too lazy to study the subjects), thus the Torah prohibits you from wasting precious money on good-for-nothings. 2) If your neighbours can stand the smell of you, no doubt they will not mind the barbecue which

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Hashem, even whilst pain and tremendous suffering were being inflicted upon him. We can all learn from our righteous King how to react when we are punished.

is much more pleasing anytime. 3) Certainly not you, when you are no better than your neighbour - and are guilty of yet more serious offences, not least ignorant boorishness which is a menace not only to your neighbours but to society at large? 4) Obviously, as noted there are differences between yourself and your neighbours and yet other people. Annoying people whose ignorance is most irritating and causes computer-road-rage etc., stealing and murder are all crimes (abominations), yet the moral offence and penalties differ drastically. 5) Your reading-glasses do not cover your defect, as obviously you can’t read properly - especially between the lines of all the Biblical verses that you cite. 6) If they’re your friends then they’re probably like you. Treat them tit for tat, by trimming their nonsense-filled heads and then hope they and you can find a brain-transplant. 7) Don’t worry about this one: rational and moral humans should not contract ritual impurity, but pigs or other walking corpses are not prohibited from touching their peers. 8) Again irrelevant to you, the product of two different species and therefore confused and confounded for not knowing whether you are cattle, wild beast, reptile or creepy crawler, having the characteristics of all. In such cases, every one would not want to be too close at any time, and everyone will be only too happy to see the family take care of that ecological problem to save the earth from further contamination. Jewish after-life

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Dear Rabbi, Do Jews believe in an after-life and, if so, could you kindly explain the nature of it. Martin Dear Martin, Rabbis Moshe & Chaim passionately debated this very question and indeed whether they also play tennis in heaven. They agreed that in the event that one would pass away they would return and report to the other in a dream. Months later Chaim passed away and after the shiva came to Moshe

in a dream. “I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you were right all along, they do play tennis in heaven.” Moshe smiled smugly. “So what’s the bad news then?” “You’re playing centre court next week Friday!” To answer to your question in a word, “yes!” But to elaborate a little: Imagine that moment when, as you are sitting in your front row seat in synagogue the Chazan suddenly gets up to really belt it out – or the Rabbi suddenly mounts the pulpit to say a few words. You cannot walk out. There’s no escape – you have to sit there and endure. That would be the Jewish concept of ‘hell.’ Imagine if, as either begins they suddenly lose their voice and have to skedadle back to their seats. That would be the Jewish concept of heaven. To take that one step further; if you could imagine the most embarrassing moment in your life and then picture that being put on display for everyone to watch with you having to sit through it all – so too as your life is put into replay upon your passing from this world for one and all to behold – that overwhelming sense of shame is sheer hell. This applies not just to acts of commission but equally to omission: Imagine you bought a lottery ticket each week with the same numbers and then one week gave it a miss, just as the numbers come up – that compelling missed opportunity and overwhelming sense of disappointment multiplied by infinity is hell as we know it. Conversely, the sense of pride you can imagine in all of your good deeds and positive actions – that is sheer bliss and heaven. So seize the moment now – and see you ‘later,’ if you know what I mean.

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Parshat Mishpatim In loving memory of Malka bat Peretz

In loving memory of Malka bat Peretz

“Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce. And in the seventh, you shall leave it untended and unharvested, and the destitute of your people shall eat, and the wildlife of the field shall eat what is left; so shall you do to your vineyard and olive grove” (Shemot 23:10-11).

The Borrowers

by Rabbi Baruch Levin, Brondesbury Park United Synagogue Parashat Mishpatim contains a vast part of the Torah’s legal code, spanning both criminal and civil law and covering a wide range of torts, resulting in the payment of damages. As part of this legal corpus, the Torah introduces the laws of shomrim, ‘custodians’ who are entrusted to safeguard someone else’s property. The verses as elucidated by the –Mishnah Metziah 7:8) 1st Aliya (Kohen) Vayikra (Bava 12:1-23 refer to four types of custodians, each with a After childbirth, a lady would wait several weeks varying degree of financial culpability: before bringing an elevation offering (olah) and a sin (chatat). This completed post-birth 1. offering An unpaid custodian – you ask her someone to watch your possessions but without payment, purification process. they are doing a favour. the eventwho of Godi.e. told Moshe and you Aharon that In someone mishap, the custodian is not liable, provided hadathe appearance of a particular type of skin he was not negligent. disease (tzara’at) would have to show the white blemish to a Kohen. would evaluate 2. A borrower – youThe loanKohen your possessions to expecting payment in andanother decide without if the affliction wasany clearly tzara’at, i.e. you doingimpure them a (tameh). favour. InIfthe thusreturn, rendering theare person the a mishap, borrower is fully liable caseevent wasofunclear, thethe Kohen would quarantine even if in the circumstances the the person a house for seven surrounding days, after which damage of the object are outside of their the Kohen would re-inspect the afflicted area and control. declare whether the person was tameh or tahor 3. A paid custodian – you pay someone to (pure). watch your possessions. In the event of a Question: were the three types of blemish mishap,what the custodian is held responsible if called? on bottom of page there(13:2) was Answer negligence, theft or loss 6. but is 2ndexempt Aliya (Levi) 13:24-39 where– the circumstances surrounding thealso damage of the object to were outside of a It was possible for tzara’at develop from his/her control. burn. Tzara’at could erupt on the scalp or on the beard area,–causing lossyou of hair. 4. A hirer a personapays for the use of your hirer has the same legal 3rd possessions. Aliya (Shlishi)The – 13:40-54 status as the paid custodian. A slightly different form of tzara’at is detailed, which caused a more substantial loss of hair. A metzora who has contaminated Let us (one examine the been reasoning behind with the tzara’at) sent outside of the camp had to varying was degrees of culpability, as and presented tear his/her garments (see p4 article). Tzara’at by the Rambam (Maimonides d.1204). could also infect clothing. A suspected garment The quarantined unpaid custodian not Kohen being made paid for was beforeis the a watching the item, and is not permitted to decision about whether it was tameh. If itderive was any personal benefit from it. Therefore, although declared tameh, the garment was burnt. the custodian would be liable if the item were to 4th Aliya (Revi’i) – 13:55-14:20 The Torah details the process through which a In memory of Avraham ben Yehoshua metzora purified himself/herself after the period of isolation and the healing of the affliction. This involved a Kohen taking two birds, cedar wood, a crimson thread and hyssop. The Kohen would slaughter one of the birds and – using the wood, thread and hyssop together in a bundle – sprinkle In of Avraham Yehoshua its memory blood seven times ben on the metzora. The

be damaged through negligence, he/she would not be liable if, through no personal fault, the item was lost or stolen. A paid custodian is also prevented from deriving personal benefit from the item. However, since this custodian is paid to watch it, the owner has in effect contracted with him/her to safeguard the property and provide for a higher degree of vigilance than is expected from an unpaid custodian. This is why the paid custodian is liable inmetzora the eventwould of theft or loss. also bring three animal offerings

Sidrah Summary: Tazria-Metzorah

Sidrah SidrahSummary: Summary:Mishpatim Mishpatim “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce. And in the seventh, you shall leave it untended bribes. For six years the land is worked; in the 1stunharvested, Aliya (Kohen) – Shemot 21:1-19 and and the destitute of your people shall eat, and the wildlife of the field shall eat what is seventh year (shemittah) it is prohibited to work The sidrah contains many mitzvot, of which a left; so shall you do to your vineyard and olive grove” (Shemot 23:10-11). the land. The three pilgrim festivals – Pesach, selection has been included here. It starts with Shavuot and Succot – are listed. There is a the laws of a Jewish servant. He is to work for six years, after which he can go free. Alternatively, he mitzvah to bring one’s first fruits (bikurim) to the Temple. It is prohibited to cook meat and milk can decide to stay on as a servant forever. together. 2nd Aliya (Levi) – 21:20-22:3 The penalties for physically injuring others are 6th Aliya (Shishi) – 23:20-25 listed. An ox that gores a person to death is G-d says that He will send an angel to guide the nation in their conquest of the Land, helping them stoned. One may not dig pits in the public to destroy the host nations. They are warned not domain. Stealing an animal and then selling or to emulate the idolatrous ways of those nations. slaughtering it incurs an extra penalty. Question: What happens if a master knocks out the eye or tooth of his servant? (21:26-27) Answer on bottom of next page. Point to Consider: Why is there no death penalty for a person who kills a thief in self-defence? (see Rashi to 22:1) 3rd Aliya (Shlishi) – 22:4-26 The laws governing guardians and borrowers of objects are listed – the level of responsibility for losing or damaging the object varies according to the nature of the contract (see p.3 article). Special emphasis is placed on not mistreating a widow or an orphan. It is forbidden to take interest when lending to the poor. 4th Aliya (Revi’i) – 22:26-23:5 The mitzvah of pidyon haben (redemption of the first born) is repeated. It is forbidden to eat an animal which died without shechita (kosher slaughter). One must not favour the destitute in court. A stray ox or donkey should be returned to its owner. 5th Aliya (Chamishi) – 23:6-19 A judge has to avoid showing favour or taking

7th Aliya (Shevi’i) – 23:26-24:18 The narrative now switches back to three days before the giving of the Torah (Rashi). Moshe builds 12 altars at the foot of Mount Sinai, one for each tribe, on which offerings are brought. Moshe sprinkles the blood of the offerings on the people, who famously proclaim “we will do and we will listen” (na’aseh ve’nishma). Moshe, Aharon, Nadav, Avihu and 70 elders see a very pure ‘vision’ of G-d. Moshe remains on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. Maftir (Shemot 30:11-16) The special reading for Shekalim is from the beginning of parashat Ki Tisa, instructing the Israelites to bring a compulsory annual halfshekel contribution for the offerings brought in the Mishkan. This also acted as the means of conducting the national census in the desert.


Haftarah King Yehoash ascended the throne aged only seven. Guided by the Kohen Gadol Yehoyada, he successfully organised a national fundraising initiative to repair and maintain the Temple.

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and three meal offerings. Notwithstanding the above, the paid custodian Pointstill to not Consider: what is the significance of the would be held responsible if the item were cedar wood, crimson and hyssop? damaged through a totallythread unforeseeable hazard,(see Rashi of to his 14:4) outside control. 5th Aliya (Chamishi) – 14:21-32 The hirer is permitted to derive personal benefit A metzora who could not afford three animal from the item, but must pay for this right. As such, offerings could instead bring one animal offering, the degree of responsibility arising from a one mealtransaction offering andmirrors two birds. monetary that of the paid

6th Aliyaand (Shishi) 14:33-15:15for negligence, custodian he is–responsible Tzara’at The of house owner theft or lossalso but affected not for thehouses. occurrence an event outside his control. would of report the suspicious signs to a Kohen. The house would be evacuated before the Kohen’s Like the If hirer, the borrower has the right usered arrival. the Kohen saw a deep green or to deep the item, but does not pay for that right. ‘affliction’, he would order the house to be Therefore, this type of custodian has the greatest quarantined for a week. He would then re-inspect amount of benefit, since his benefit is not offset the house. If the affliction had spread, the infected by any monetary payment to the owner. As the stoneshas would be removed andthe replaced. benefit increased, so has degree Ifofthe affliction nevertheless returned, the responsibility. Therefore, not only is hehouse liable would for be demolished. replacing the held stones negligence, theft However, or loss ifbut is even solved thefor problem, thewhich Kohen wouldoutside declare responsible an event occurs ofthe housecontrol. tahor (pure). his/her The Torah lists specific discharges that would cause a man to be considered tameh, and details the purification procedure. 7th Aliya (Shevi’i) – 15:16-33 A similar set of laws is listed for a lady who has specific discharges, as well as the laws of niddah (menstruation), which form the basis of the laws of family purity. Haftarah From the Book of Melachim (Kings II), the haftarah takes places upon the background of the long siege and ensuing famine of the Shomron area 3 (Samria) by the King of Aram. Four metzora’im were put outside the city gates because of their affliction. They discovered and reported that the Arameans had actually left their camp, which allowed the Jews to plunder the camp and thus end their famine.

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It was Khalil Musa (after extracting him from the cave) (Av Beit Din) and the Prince (Nasi) were Beit Yosef was written as a commentary to written with reverence and acknowledgement of ran home to show their families what they had Yehoshua Ben Prachia and Natai ha’Arbeli. Their the Arba’ah Turim (see last week’s article). It the greatness of Rabbi Yosef Caro. found. Initially they hung the scrolls on a pole teachings are recorded in Pirkei Avot (the Ethics examines the original Talmudic sources for each in the camp, in order to show them to visitors. of the Fathers 1:6-7, see green siddur p.524-6). The Shulchan Aruch and the glosses of the law, clarifies the various opinions cited in the Eventually the family found an antiques dealer in 4 With the historical context in mind and the In memory of Harav Binyamin ben Harav Shalom Rema were first published together in 1571. Arba’ah Turim, and includes further opinions and a local market and sold their find for £7 (£276.20 challenges faced by the Pharisees, their words A truly universal code emerged; one that was 4 In memory Harav Binyamin topics on theofsubject matter. Atben the Harav end ofShalom each in today’s money); this was not a great return for are truly telling of the times they were living in: accepted across the spectrum of Jewry. It was section, Rabbi Caro states his own definitive the Dead Seas Scrolls by any financial evaluation! probably the most universally accepted work of conclusions about the halacha being discussed. Torah scholarship since the completion of the Yehoshua ben Prachia said: ‘Appoint for yourself a These Bedouin boys could not have known that Rabbi; acquire a friend; and when judging a Once this was completed, Rabbi Yosef Caro Babylonian Talmud (c. 500 CE). they had come across the oldest remaining Bible person give him the benefit of the doubt.’ decided to write a concise digest of all of his It embodies a fusion of the great processes text ever found. Nor could they have known that rulings in the Beit Yosef, a digest which would of Torah transmission, drawing its authority the coins they found in the cave and the make halachic practice accessible to every Jew. from the many years of scholarship throughout subsequent scrolls and tents were dated to the Nitai ha’Arbeli said; ‘Keep your distance from a This was a brave innovation and it became bad neighbour; do not associate with an evil doer; the medieval period and earlier. It is seen as rule of John Hyrcanus (known in Rabbinic known as the Shulchan Aruch, the ‘laid table’. and do not lose faith in ultimate justice.’ so significant that historically it marked a literature as Yochanan Kohen Gadol). These pivotal point of time, closing an era of Medieval In order to come to his final halachic ruling, scrolls quite possibly belonged to the third and Rabbi Yosef Caro writes that he selected the Torah leaders known as the Rishonim (early final of the religious sects we will be discussing, opinions of the three ‘pillars of Jewish law’, the commentators) and launching a new era of as we approach the destruction of the Second Rif, the Rambam and the Rosh (who we have later luminaries known as the Acharonim Temple. covered in previous articles), and usually ruled (later commentators). based on the majority view amongst them on One of these sects was the Essenes. Like the We would like to thank Rabbi Shindler for this each given topic. Sadducees, they opposed the Oral Law, but were informative and engaging series. not as open about their opposition. This group At that time, Rabbi Yosef Caro was head of the was noted for its strict adherence to a collective Jewish Courts (batei din) in Safed, which was communal life. There was no individual ownership acknowledged as the authoritative halachic over anything and many practiced celibacy. They centre of the Jewish world. were forbidden from swearing oaths and This attempt to provide a definitive code was sacrificing animals. They emphasised controlling met with some opposition, particularly from one’s temper and they only carried weapons for scholars in Germany and Eastern Europe who protection against robbers. They adhered strictly felt that not enough weight had been given to to the laws of Shabbat as listed in the Written Qumran cave 4, where 90 per cent of the scrolls the Ashkenazi views and customs that had been Law, but not the Oral Law. were found. elucidated by Rashi, the Tosafists and later Franco-German authorities.

To remedy this, Rabbi Moshe Isserles of Cracow (known as the Rema, 1530 – 1572), one of the

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Similarly Sheet is sponsored Lirfuat Moshe Ben Rav YitschakOur HakohenParasha Betoch Shaar Cholei Yisrael. teaches that a thief who Thus one who steels (made Suddenly, that Parsha defenceless creature the big city calls to the country youth. as a punishment (Mida Kneged Mida – This week’s Parsha Sheet is sponsored Lirfuat Moshe Hakohen Betoch Shaar Cholei Yisrael. with underdeveloped wings isBen Rav inYitschak is caught must pay double the amount Our Parasha teaches that a thief whoone stepThus who Mamon (made Suddenly, that upone of letters and like for like) he is implying obliged to pay never double. With too many the double little fellowsteels RABBI JONATHAN TAWILdefenceless creature The Kohelet Rabah (1:13) states Ein This is also hinted via the word is out there. Once down on the ground MAZAL TO amount constant risk of being with underdeveloped wingsswallowed is in he hasmust stolen. 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BY DARREN STROM Darren Strom is a marketing advisor and the CEO of VMAL Ltd a Web and Branding company based in NW London He can be reached at or on 0208 133 3527

You might walk along the high street and notice the same familiar names popping up again and again and thinking how any small store can survive alongside the big brands. The high streets all over the UK are being swallowed up by large malls. Gone are the independent butchers, bakers, watchmakers and

all you see on every high street are the obligatory coffee shops of the main 3 or 4 brands all nestled next to each other and a Tesco local. The answer might surprise you; you can open a shop with a brand name UPS or 7- Eleven, because some of the well known high street brands are actually franchises. The benefits of opening a franchise goes beyond just brand recognition, it is also a support system According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 18 months and the primary reason is a lack of understanding of the client. Contrast that with another statistic which is that less than 7 percent of franchise owners fail within the first 3 years. A new business has that crucial year to a year and half to pump resources into building up its loyal client base who will then hopefully spread the word further. The fact that a franchise comes with an almost ready clientele to tap into, can avoid that issue. The Brand has built up years of connection in the marketplace.

Another benefit is that even as small business owner you can compete with big business. Many new business owner are finding the benefit of getting a mentor to help them avoid business pitfalls. With franchises they provide the training to overcome the learning curve that would otherwise take years of “learning from mistakes” Another primary reason why businesses fail is because of cash flow reasons. Many cash flow issues result from issues that arise that you have not planned for. This again will be minimised with a Franchise. You might get the feeling that you could have achieved similar success had you started out on your own but the best way to look at it is that the franchise fee can be less that the cost of the unforeseen pitfalls that will eat into your cash flow. With the franchise you know how much the outlay and how much products will cost you. You also know what the outgoings will be and all you have to concentrate


on is the marketing. Sometimes the Franchise owner will supply you will marketing material or even help you secure accounts but the level to which that will happen can vary from one Franchise to another. Usually the franchisee sells products that are supplied by the franchisor often on good terms and for a good price. I know some very successful franchise owners and one who have managed to launch a sushi chain franchise with a lot of help from the Franchise owner and this really helped them hit the ground running. Another franchise owner who was previously a teacher commented how she was approached by a seller at a franchise show who told her “Franchising is a rocky road full of broken hearts.” That was from someone who was supposed to be selling a franchise and this led her to do proper research and look for a profitable franchise that had a good track record. This lady eventually signed up to an office supply franchise that had a call centre who not only took the calls but did the accounting and invoicing. That left her with dealing with customer service, deliveries and sales. Her actual running costs were relatively low. The split of profits were a third to the franchise owner and two thirds to her. The marketing and web marketing were all paid by the head office out of their third

and she was able to recoup her investment in a year. Each franchise has to be examined before signing on the dotted line. because not all franchises are equal one should do research by talking to other Franchisees of the brand. The success of the franchise will still depend on you the franchisee and your ability to run a business but make sure you have the support of the brand behind you. Look through all the small print and go through the terms with a legal professional to make sure that you are purchasing a means to success not a means to run into a legal dispute. Some franchises will employ slick sales tactics and treat you like royalty to interest you in the franchise but in order to cover themselves, they might bury clauses in their terms that absolve themselves from certain duties. Lastly bear in mind that “A great new franchise” is an oxymoron. A franchise should have years of trading behind it and not just the product of someone who dreamt up a catchy logo and tag line.

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Oakwood edge ahead in Premier title race after shock Hendon defeat BY DAVID SAFFER The Premier Division took a new twist after 10-man North London Raiders A enjoyed a stunning 3-0 win against league leaders Hendon United Sport. Josh Goldstein (2) and Josh Bharier scored the Raiders goals. Manager Daniel Shafron described the performance as the most complete this season following the 20th minute sending off as his team controlled the game. Hendon player-manager Greg Corin bemoaned “uncharacteristic” errors for the goals. “We’re very disappointed,” he said. “Hendon aren’t used to losing and the manner in which we lost to 10 men has been hard to take.” Corin acknowledged Raiders display but rued the dismissal as it changed the pattern of the game. “Raiders retreated and were successful late in the game on the break,” he said. “But fair play to them, they were organised and we couldn’t break them down.” Oakwood A moved a point clear of Hendon, who have a game in hand, after a hard fought 2-2 draw against Maccabi London Lions White. Sam Hammerton and Max Misrahi scored for Lions after Oakwood’s Josh Cuby opened the scoring. Simon Davies equalised late on. “This was a big point given the circumstances,” said Oakwood boss Daniel Kristall. “We battled well, our keeper was superb and we came back from a goal down. “With news from Raiders versus Hendon it goes to prove how good this league is. It’s wide open which can only be a good thing and is a great advert for Jewish football.” The game though was marred by a serious knee injury to Oakwood’s Tom Cantor and a concussion to Kyle Bentwood. “We wish Tom a speedy recovery, he’s a true warrior and has been brilliant this season,” said Kristall. Maccabi London Lions Blue

defeated Brady Maccabi 4-1 with Joshua Bloom and Jono Gaon both scoring twice. “Today was a must win game,” said Lions manager Sam Marchant. “The boys worked hard for each other and got the points. It was a solid performance.” Division One leaders Faithfold A dropped home points for the first time this season in a 2-2 draw with Redbridge Jewish Care C. Ben Oldstein opened the scoring for Redbridge, Faithfold struck back with a Josh Wagner brace before Jason Patmore equalised. “We have themselves to blame for not collecting the points,” said player-manager Avi Markiewicz. “Bad decisions, complacency and wasteful shooting kept it at 2-2.” “Today was two points dropped, but we are unbeaten and showed character to come back, though it felt like a loss.” North London Raiders B are a point off top spot after a 4-1 win against Oakwood B. Jake Gilbert scored either side of a Sam Modlin goal for the visitors. David Esterkin flicked in a free kick before Gilbert completed the win with his hat-trick goal. Raiders manager Doron Salomon said: “Oakwood were excellent for 45 minutes but allowed us to go into half time just a goal behind. “We regrouped and showed why we’ve won games playing with confidence and style. “We’ve put ourselves in a strong position in the league and want to make it as uncomfortable for

Faithfold as possible. “We destroyed Raiders in the first half and missed half a dozen really good chances,” lamented Oakwood manager Jason Stein. “They were brilliant second half and we fell to pieces. Raiders were worth their win. The shame for me is the game should be over at half-time.” Scrabble is now in a relegation scrap after losing 5-2 at home to Los Blancos. Oli Sade (2), Avi Kestenbaum, Jake Doffman and Joel Barnett scored for the visitors. Josh Pugh and Ben Portnoi struck for Scrabble. “It was an entertaining encounter decided by a 15-minute second half spell when we conceded three goals,” said Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams. “We are very disappointed to lose in the manner we did. Having got into the game at 2-1 we lost discipline in a mad spell. “Blancos took advantage when we left too many gaps and got punished. “ He added: “The boys showed fighting spirit and got a second just before the final whistle. I’m proud of the boys who turned out with knocks aware we didn’t have a substitute on the bench. “Unfortunately long term injuries have really had an impact. We hope to get some boys back to provide more options in the last three league games. We need to start picking up points. “After looking like promotion candidates we now have a relegation fight on

Faithfold defend a corner against Redbridge


Redbridge clear a Faithfold set piece.

our hands.” Redbridge Jewish Care B enjoyed a 2-1 win at bottom club Temple Fortune A with goals from Carl Dobrin and Daniel Gordon. Bayern Mincha came from behind in a top-two battle to extend their Division Two lead to four points following a 2-1 win at Mill Hill Dons. Zach Cohen opened the scoring for Mincha, only for Nicky Cooper to pounce after Jake Dayan’s shot was saved on 70 minutes. Shortly after, Adam Ellis slotted home Bayern’s winner. Bayern ended the match with 10 players after Adam Biton received a red card on 80 minutes. “It was a tough game,” said Bayern boss Alon Pinhas, who described the sending off as harsh. “We conceded on the counter attack and Dons piled on the pressure but we weren’t playing anywhere near our best so the half time break gave us an opportunity to change things. “We went out in the second half and got the goals then Dons had us under pressure in the last 10 minutes but our defence and midfield did a great job to see out the game. The title challenge is now on.” “Our inability to finish our chances in the first half came back to bite,” said Dons manager Brandon Hamme. “The goals we conceded were unfortunate but Bayern were class today and deserved the win. They will be pushing us until the end for promotion. We are in for a fight.”

Catford & Bromley drew 2-2 with Temple Fortune B. Gab Saul and Jonny Pressman put Catford in control before Catford equalised late on. Having gone a goal down to a fluke cross, we showed tremendous character to level before edging ahead but lost concentration and Catford scored a scrappy equaliser against the run of play,” said Fortune boss Darren Zitren. “The feelings within the squad are mixed. Whilst we are gutted to only take home a point, I am delighted with the improvement in this team. It just wasn’t to be today.” Real Hendon and FC Team shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. “The game was played in tough conditions,” said Hendon boss Rafi Addlestone. “Both goals came from the ball being blown directly into the goal by the wind. “Chaim Gothold scored our goal whilst our centre back pairing of Smulovitch and Shooter and were excellent especially in dealing with FC’s long throw tactic.” Hertswood Vale came from behind just after the hour to 3-1 win at Straw Hat Pirates with goals from Josh Wood, Elio Elia and top scorer Josh Cohen. Aron Gale scored Pirates’ goal.


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Dan’s Premier League Column BY DAN SILVER Incredible. Absolutely incredible. This is why I absolutely love this beautiful game. Never before have I seen such a jam packed 10 minutes of football. I’m talking about a game filled with VAR nonsense, goals from out of this world and pure quality bursting out onto our screens. Whether it was Mo Salah’s audacious quick footed goal or Wanyama’s absolute peach of a strike, you won’t have seen a game like this for a long time. Spurs were the better side on the ball in the first half but never looked like breaking Liverpool down, and I never thought for a second that they were going to score because of the way Liverpool denied Spurs space when they came forward, and looked to hit them on the counter-attack. With the pace of Mane, the quality of Bobby Firmino and the pure genius of Salah, when Liverpool went 1-0 up inside the first 3 minutes, I thought it was game over from then on. But knowing Liverpool’s shaky defence in the form of the unreliable Lovren and new boy Van Dijk, the game was always too close to call. It stayed 1-0 till half time but

things were very different in the second half. Tottenham began to take charge of the game after the break and the main reason for that was down to Liverpool running out of energy. They had put so much into the first half that it was inevitable it would catch up with them, so it was all about patience for Spurs. With Wanyama’s sensational goal and Mo Salah’s unbelievable strike, the game was thought to be over until up stepped Harry Kane with his 100th goal in the Premier League to make it all evens at 2-2. Whether you love him or loath him, I have not seen many better goal poachers than Kane and this game was clear evidence of that. Now I’m not one to praise Arsenal football club for their performances on or off the pitch for everything the club stands for is business first football second, but for them to sign a certain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will only do them wonders. The Gabonese striker, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of watching when he played in one of the most exciting matches of all time(!), a 0-0 draw against South Korea in the London Olympics, is one of the

deadliest players the footballing world has to offer. With his lightning pace and flamboyant flair, the 26 year old eats goals for breakfast and his debut against Everton showed that as he scored a lovely chip when they smashed the Blues 5-1 in an outstanding performance. The link up play between Auba, Mkhitaryan and Ozil is something all Premier League clubs should fear as although I’ve always rated Ozil, I was never too sure whether Miki would grasp the English game, but his performance proved me wrong. Three assists already and I can start to see why Arsenal fans are starting to gain a little bit of hope. Other results include Burnley clinching a late draw against leaders and soon to be Champions Manchester City after boss Pep Guardiola refused to blame Raheem Sterling for his side’s failure to beat Burnley after the England forward missed a glorious late chance to secure victory. Alexis Sanchez scoring his first goal for Manchester United as they comfortably beat Huddersfield to send the visitors into the Premier League’s relegation zone. And Watford scoring three late goals to win Javi Gracia’s first home game in

charge in an “unforgettable night” for their manager and increase the pressure on Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte. But in the 6 weeks which I haven’t written my article in (and I don’t know how you’ve managed without it), I’ve had the pleasure of watching my team, Newcastle United, playing Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. One thing I may say is that there are no fans like the Magpies contingent, but however fantastic they may be, we were just awful. Honestly, my brain cannot get to terms with how that “striker”

Joselu is still playing football when the man could barely score even if the goal was wide open. It infuriated me and the whole of the Toon Army when Joselu stood up to take the penalty against Burnley as the whole crowd and I all proclaimed a harmonious whine, and guess what - he missed it. Although Joselu might still be playing for the Toon, new boy Kennedy has lit up St. James’s Park brings a tear to my eye to think that out of all my years watching Newcastle, I’ve never seen a player with so much skill.

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Parshat Mishpatim Now that the Jews have received the Ten Commandments at Har Sinai and accepted the Torah, In this week’s parshah, we learn about 53 mitzvot in detail out of a total of 613 mitzvot in the Torah. So that’s quite a lot of mitzvot for one parshah out of 54! Some examples of the mitzvot mentioned in this week parshah are instructions about how one should treat their servant, the punishment for murder, kidnapping, and hitting or cursing one’s parents is a death penalty. If somebody hits somebody else and he gets hurt, he must pay damages. Someone who accidentally kills somebody else must go to a special city called an Ir Miklat( City of Refuge). Also mentioned is specific instructions on how to treat animals and the possessions that belong to other people, the commandment of being extra nice to strangers, widows, and orphans. The last mitzvah given in this parshah is that we must keep meat and milk separate. At the end of the parshah, Hashem promises the land of Israel to the Jews and Moshe goes up Har Sinai to get the Luchot (Tablets) from Hashem. He remains there for forty days and forty nights.

In This week parshah we learn about the mitzva of separating milk and meat. This week you can create your own place-mats using the pictures below (Milk, Meat and Parev!)

Arts and Crafts

1. Cut the images out below or alternatively you can choose your own photos. 2. Stick the images which are milky on a blue card, the images that are meaty on a red card and the images that you are parev on a green card. 3. Decorate as you like, using felt tips, stickers, glitter etc. 4.Use a laminating machine, to laminate your place-mats.


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healthy apple cinnamon muffins


• 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat • 1 tablespoon ground flax • 1/4 cup melted unsalted flour seeds butter • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats • 1 small apple - grated with • 1/2 small apple - chopped into • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar peel 1/2-cm pieces • 3 teaspoons baking powder • 2 eggs • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 3/4 cup whole milk


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease or line a 24-hole mini muffin tin. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and flax seeds. Fold in the grated apples.

3. 4. 5. 6.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the milk and butter Pour the egg mixture into the batter, and fold together, being careful not to over mix. Mix in the chopped apples and cinnamon. Using a cookie scoop, evenly distribute the batter into the mini muffin tin, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 full.

7. Bake for 12 minutes, or until cooked in the middle and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.

Did you know? Facts about healthy food Ginger can reduce exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.

Honey is the only edible food that never goes bad.

Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float.

Avocado has the highest protein content of all fruit.

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. Fresh eggs sink in water and rotten eggs will float.


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Parshat Mishpatim In a Nutshell Following the revelation at Har Sinai, G-d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of how to treat one’s servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft. We read of the importance of taking care of other peoples possessions. An unpaid guardian who does a favour to watch someone’s

possessions is not responsible if something happens to them. However, a paid guardian is responsible if it gets lost or stolen, but not if it’s stolen in an armed robbery. A borrower is responsible no matter what happens to it, except if the owner is with him when the object gets stolen or broken. The Laws for Courts and Judging are listed in detail We learn never to testify

falsely against somebody, and not to accept a false testimony from somebody else. Even if someone is very poor, you’re not allowed to rule in his favour just because you feel bad for him. Justice is justice no matter what our feelings are. We also learn never to accept bribery. We read about the laws of Shemitah; for six years we can work on the land but the

seventh year, we must give the land a break and not do any work on it. We read of the importance of keeping Shabbat, Pessach, Shavuot and Sukkot and finally the laws of seprating milk and meat. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot - 23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions. G-d promises to bring the

people of Israel to the Holy Land, and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants. The people of Israel proclaim, “We will do and we will hear all that G-d commands us.” Leaving Aaron and Chur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moshe ascends Har Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G-d.

Figure out how much each shape is worth to give the final answer below. What number fits into the last triangle?


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News Bites HUNTER KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BY BIRD THAT FELL FROM SKY AFTER BEING SHOT A hunter was knocked unconscious after being struck by a dead goose that had been shot and fell from the sky. Robert Meilhammer, 51, suffered a “severe head injury” after his hunting group fired at a flock of Canadian geese in Easton, Maryland. One goose fell about 90ft to the ground and hit Mr Meilhammer, knocking him out and causing head and facial injuries on

Friday, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources said. When he came round, he was able to say who he was but was “hazy about other details”, the department said in a statement. He is now in a stable condition. It added that Mr Meilhammer “suffered a severe head injury” and was taken by ambulance to Easton Airport, where he was airlifted to Baltimore for treatment.



MISSING DOG RETURNS HOME AFTER MORE THAN 10 YEARS A dog has returned 10 years after she wandered off from home, leaving her family none the wiser as to where she has been. Debra Suierveld mourned her dog Abby when she ran away from the family home in Apollo, Pennsylvania, a decade ago. Despite the dog being microchipped, they didn’t hear anything about the belov-

ed dog’s whereabouts. But last week, Abby turned up about 10 miles away on the front porch of George Spiering. The black labrador was in good condition when she was found and although her exact whereabouts all this time are not known, Ms Suierveld thinks she must have had a home and been looked after.


Three British backpackers have been rescued from rising flood-waters in Australia after waking up to find they had parked their campervan in a crocodile warning area. The group were found on the roof of the vehicle when emergency services arrived at the scene off a highway south of Cairns, Queensland, on Tuesday morning. The state’s waterways are home to salt-water crocodiles, the largest species of the fearsome reptiles that are known to

occasionally prey on humans. A spokesman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said the group had parked up at a camping ground on Monday evening. None of

Dear Agony Aunt Mia, I am in my last year of A-levels and have suddenly developed a severe feeling of anxiety for the past few months. I am unsure if this is a phase and will go away shortly or if it will continue and get worse. Sometimes, there is not even a reason as to why I am feeling anxious and I am unsure as to why I feel this way. Could you give me some guidance?

Disclaimer: All letters that are published may be edited. All letters are kept confidential and names can be changed for confidentiality upon request.

You could possibly subconsciously be stressed and worried with your upcoming exams and when you finish your a-levels you will no longer feels this way. The best thing to do now, would be to speak to your doctor who will guide you and give you medical advice. He or she may feel it is something that will go , or will give you an option to speak with a therapist if necessary. If the doctor feels it is serious, he of she may prescriber you some medication. If you happen to go down this route, make sure to get a second opinion from another doctor before taking the medication, as it could cause many unwanted side affect s. You should also try practicing some yoga, listening to music and try to always have a postive attitude.

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the group is thought to have suffered any injuries. Between the alarm being raised and the group all being rescued took around 45 minutes, the spokesman said.

Hi Leah, So sorry to hear you have been feeling this way. It is very common to experience anxiety at some point of your life. However, one has to determine if this is serious or just a short episode that will go.


Eating healthy balanced meals everyday is vital and eight hours of sleep a night is crucial to your well-being. I hope everything works out for you! Mia


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Q. What do call a row of bunnies moving backwards? A. A receding hare line!

Q: Why was the pediatrician always losing his temper? A: Because he had little patients!

Q: What’s the leading cause of dry skin?

(Answers at the bottom of page upside down)

A: Towels

1. If you are running in a race and pass the second place person, what place are you in?

Q: What did the 0 say to the 8?

2. I can be made and I can be played. I can be cracked and I can be told. What am I?

A: Nice Belt

3. Which letter of the alphabet contains the most water?

2. A joke. 1. Second place.

3. The letter C.

1. Bob’s your Uncle 2. Divide and conquer 3. No idea 4. Ice cube 5. Little by little 6. High school


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Up, up and away


BY CHAYA SANDLER Recap: Callie and Phoebe go on a school trip to a coin museum. Masked men come looking for the 1943 copper cent. For some reason, Phoebe grabs it and runs away, they are chased into a hot air balloon, Phoebe is hanging over the side and they are about to hit an electricity pylon.

The rope burned in my hand. If I wanted to avoid the electricity pylon then I would have to throw over the tarpaulin that was on the other side of the balloon. That might give us enough height to miss it. Problem is, I would have to let go of Phoebe…. No Way. So we were going to crash then. The pylon came closer and closer. There was no way we could miss it anyway, it was too high. I’d never seen such a massive electricity pylon before, but I had no time to think. So I didn’t. I jumped and we fell. The fall lasted eternity.

The fall passed in a heartbeat. It took about 5 minutes during which time I had time to think about how much I loved Phoebe and how much I really, really hated her right now. My last thought was, we are going to die by falling into a bakery. My next thought was, a bakery! The next thought was this is a rubbish last thought. I then decided that these weren’t my last thoughts technically. Then I realised I was wasting my last thoughts. Then I realised we were going to miss the bakery. Then we landed in the skydiving chamber. I say landed but it was more like ended up being suspended and bounced about in the air. -------------------------------------------------We stumbled out. Clinging to each other. Phoebe, for once, was silent. “Callie… Callie… I love you so much…. Callie we’re alive….” The bile rose in the back of my throat. Anger flared and burned. I flung Phoebe off me and she swayed, confused. “Callie, w, w, what-“ “WHAT?! I’ll tell you what,” I was screaming but I didn’t care. I was mad with rage, it consumed every fibre, all I could feel was the seething wrath. I couldn’t even speak anymore. I glared at Phoebe and hissed out, “this is your fault.” She paled. “I’m sorry, I, I didn’t-“ “ – You didn’t WHAT! Think? No, you didn’t think, you dragged us into this ridiculous mess for , for, I don’t know! Just, just stay away from me.” “Callie listen-“

“No. no.” I stepped back, shaking with rage. I turned around. Phoebe reached for my shoulder, called after me but I ran. Something registered in my head, something screamed for attention, something yelled sense. I wasn’t interested. Somewhere in the back of my head I knew that the streets were…wrong. Though it was only when my body eventually gave up and collapsed onto the pavement, heaving and shaking with released tension and fear, then it hit my consciousness. We weren’t in Kansas anymore. Or to put it this way. This looked a lot more like Paris than England. So... that electricity pylon, it wasn’t an electricity pylon. It was more like the Eiffel Tower. Oh boy. Ah ha. So, I’m lost in Paris, check. I don’t know where Phoebe is, check. I don’t speak French, check. It couldn’t get worse. Now, lesson for life. Never curse yourself with that greatest curse of them all. It can’t possibly be worse. Of course it could. I picked myself up and shook myself down/ All I have to do is find a policeman. Who will probably section me but, whatever, it’s my only chance. I could try finding another Jew but I have no idea where the Jewish community is around here or whether anyone would believe me. I peered into a car mirror. My hair was a mushroom cloud. Wisps of smoky tendrils curled around my head, spiky sticks shot up and the rest was an over tangled forest that would be OTT for any drama. My face was, er, not exactly at its most presentable and my jacket was ripped. Cool.


So I trekked off, meandering around alleyways, aiming for some sort of thoroughfare. It was then I noticed the creepy, suspicious looking men in black. These were clichés straight out of any poorly imagined thriller. They loomed. There was no other word to describe them. They hovered behind, giving the impression of being about to pounce on me. There was another one across the street. Three in total. Non-descript, wearing sunglasses for goodness sake! In hindsight I was very stupid. At the time I was tired, annoyed and hungry. Which is why I whirled around suddenly and grumped, “what?!” In hindsight, that was a very, very bad idea. TO BE CONTINUED

Ohr L’Neshama

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Ohr L’Neshama is a new Jewish support group for women and their families who have unfortunately experienced miscarriages, stillbirths and infant loss. Briana Simon, originally from the USA first came up with the idea of Ohr L’Neshama when sadly her pregnancy ended at 16 weeks. She turned to a close friend who guided her to Renee Schurder. Briana Simon commented “When I lost my baby last year I felt my world turn upside down. I felt broken. When I eventually fell in touch with Renee, she made the world of difference.” Renee Schurder, a popular woman in the Jewish community is known for her outstanding amount of kindness and is the founder of Yad La’em; a support group for young mothers. Renee Schurder said “Ohr L’Neshama is here to help mums going through these difficult challenges and to know they are not alone. When a mother is facing such a vulnerable challenge in her life, we want to aid with the basic necessities for her and her family to give them a chance to continue with their day to day errands. Whether it be the shopping, cooking or taking care of their children, we are here for them, giving them time to come

to term with their loss”. Briana Simon further explained how she felt she got the emotional and physical support required and she wanted to replicate this service to other women who regrettably have to deal with this but have no one to turn to. “This is why I came up with the idea of creating Ohr L’Neshama; we want to offer a helping hand to assist with the domestic needs of grieving families allowing them to focus on the path to recovery” said Briana. Sara Benbassat, an active member of Ohr L’Neshama, tragically lost her baby at full term after giving birth 15 year ago. She explained “When my baby passed away I felt completely alone and had no idea where to turn for support, if an organisation such as this existed 10 years ago, it would have lifted some of the pain” Sara, who works for Jami will be one of the women who will assist in peer support and the buddy system. This system pairs a woman up with a grieving woman who has also experienced a loss. This will enable a woman to talk to someone she can relate to and someone that can empathise with her. Ohr L’Neshama aims to offer emotional support, practical

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guidance, domestic requirements and access to counselling. They would like to work alongside other charity groups who deal with these issues but most importantly their role is not to only offer the emotional help but to offer the ➊ Why is lending money at interest called “biting”? physical help which no other char-

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G-d forbid happen. • Rabbinical g�idance and burial ar�angements Alongside, the women inAnswer the group, Rabbi Meir Rappaport will • Liſts to and from appoint�ents be the main rabbinical guidance on • Childcare ar�angements board, with other rabbonim, midwives, therapists, Misaskim and • Cleaning ar�angements the Chevra Kaddisha on call when needed. • Meal ar�angements Briana Simon further commented “I’m really thankful to G-d for giv• Peer suppor� ing me the support I needed to get through my personal tragedy and • Other suppor� that the strength to provide similar supyou or your family port to others in their time of need. “ may require If you or you know someone who If you or someone you love has been would benefit from their service or through any of the above please you would like to become a voluncall or text Renee: teer please contact Renee on 07886 07886 483 463 483 463.

➊ 22:24 - Interest is like a snake bite. Just as the poison is not noticed at first but soon overwhelms the person, so too interest is barely noticeable until it accumulates to an overwhelming sum. ➋ 22:30 - As “reward” for their silence during the plague of the first born. ➌ 23:1 - Targum Onkelos translates “Don’t bear a false report” as “Don’t receive a false report.” ➍ 23:2 - A simple majority is needed for an acquittal. A majority of two is needed for a ruling of guilty. ➎ 23:16 - Chag Hakatzir - Festival of Reaping.


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EXCEL NURSERIES For many working mothers, finding full time Jewish childcare for their young children can be tricky, and this was definitely the case for fulltime working mum of 4, Odette Wohlman. Previously, she had sent her daughters to a full day non-Jewish nursery based over in Golders Green that served Kosher supervised food, but she felt that having something closer to her home in Essex, with a Jewish ethos, would be better for both her and her husband, Alan, and her children. At two years old, her daughters attended a local Jewish nursery that operated from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (WIJPS) in Barkingside. Unfortunately at the end of 2015 this nursery closed and there wasn’t another alternative, so along with her husband, they began to do some research and carried out a survey in the local area. From this information, it became evident that there was a need for a full day Jewish nursey and so they set about starting one in the area. Although, neither Odette nor her husband, Alan, had a background in education, they were very passionate about making this work, and were keen to find someone else who shared their enthusiasm for the idea. That someone was Julia Maynard who with over 17 years’ experience in Early Years Education, and also the owner of her own Early Years recruitment agency, was the perfect partner. When the couple approached her about being involved and began to understand the need and reasoning behind the venture,



she soon realised the potential. Julia explains, “Qualifying at a degree level in Leadership in Practice in Early Years equipped me with the knowledge to support my experience and focus on developing the best nursery possible and providing the best care.” Julia along with her partner, Adeola, became directors with Odette and Alan and Excel Nurseries was formed. Planning started approximately two years ago and on the 2nd January this year, all of their hard work and planning paid off and Excel Nurseries opened its doors at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School, located on the Kantor Campus site in Barkingside, Ilford. Odette comments, “The response so far has been phenomenal, and everyone that is using the service has said how delighted they are to have a full day Jewish nursery; something that was very much needed in this area.” The nursery offers childcare from 7.30am until 6pm all year round, which means parents working in Central London are able to

drop their children off on the way to work for breakfast club, and can collect them on their way home without too much disruption to their normal working day. The Kantor Campus is well located as it is just 3 minutes walk to Fairlop Station. The nursery is open during the week, but naturally closes early on Fridays during the winter, and is not open on Yomim Tovim. It offers spaces for children from birth to 4 years old, with a variety of sessions aimed to meet the needs of the parents. The morning session runs until 1pm, and the afternoon session is until 4pm which coincides with the end of the school day meaning that parents can collect siblings at the same time. The longest session is until 6pm. The food provided at the nursery is Kosher, and the hot meals are prepared in the kitchen at Woodford Forest Synagogue by a fabulous catering team. Odette along with the rest of the catering team have been working on the menu based on feedback from the staff, parents and children, to ensure the meals are delicious and nutritional for the children. One of the key aims of the nursery is to enhance Early Years education, and they are working closely with WIJPS. As well as activities and crafts, there are also regular phonic classes to help children to develop a better understanding of the sounds of words and letters, which will help with reading and writing development. The hope is that every child will leave the nursery confident in recognising words and letters, setting them in good stead for when they begin school. Ben Saltman, Chair of Governors at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School said “WIJPS have welcomed Excel Nurseries on to our campus and acting as a feeder for our school. It was vital to the school to find a partner with a long term commitment to providing a

high quality level of education for local Jewish students in Redbridge with a matching ethos, and we believe we have found the ideal partner.” There is an emphasis on Jewish education with pupils learning brachot for snacks and meals as well as other basic prayers and songs. They are currently recruiting for a Jewish Studies lead to help develop this area of the nursery further. The belief is that by having the nursery on the Kantor Campus, both the Jewish primary school, and the Jewish secondary school will both see an increase in students and benefit from a Jewish nursery acting as a feeder for them. Parents like to be kept informed of their child’s progress throughout the day, and Excel Nurseries have invested in software that allows the parents to receive updates from the nursery team. At the end of each day, parents also receive a report on their child showing activities completed, food they have eaten, when they have slept and even how many nappy changes, along with photos and videos to show how happy their child is. Julia explains, “This is a great way for the parents to connect directly and not feel like they are missing out, and it is all accessible on an App on their phones which makes it really easy to use.” Odette and Alan are well-known for being a very community minded couple, and they are keen to give back to the community. They want to make a difference not only for their own children, but for other children and parents in the community and the area as a whole. Alan is so passionate about this that he has given up his role at Jewish Care to focus fulltime on Excel Nurseries. Working with Julia has been a great experience for Odette, and she is really pleased with the way things are working. “Julia is so passionate and enthusiastic about the nursery and is truly amazing

at what she does. As a director of the business, I am really proud of what we have all achieved so far.” She is also very grateful to those within the local community who have given their help and expertise in order to make this nursery a success. Excel Nurseries have a unique approach that allows them to operate from both existing and new settings within both schools and communities to grow and provide for their families. As well as being directors, both women, are parents first and foremost, and their children attend the nursery. Having this personal connection means that they are even more determined to make the nursery the best it can be, so that all the children that attend have the best start in life. Julia explains, “I am so proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time that benefits so many and I am determined to make Excel Nurseries a huge success.” They are aiming high in all areas of the nursery as Odette explains, “Our aim is to Be Brilliant and Be Outstanding in all that we and our children achieve” If you would like to know more about Excel Nurseries, to place a child or support in an existing or new setting, please contact the team on 0333 344 3090 or visit our website Do you know anyone who specialises in an area of female expertise and would like to be featured on this page? Let us know by emailing


Jewish Weekly aims to source the most genius, time saving and useful hacks for you every week, so watch this space! • Luscious lashes – If your mascara is getting a little clumpy or dry, don’t throw it away just yet. Place the bottom of the closed tube in a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes and it should be much easier to apply.

• Banish eye bags – Apply your concealer in a triangular shape to help make your eyes look less tired. You can also try putting a bit of red lipstick under your concealer to also help. • Get the curl you want – Don’t have a heated eyelash curler, try using a hair-

dryer to heat them up. Make sure you give them a moment to cool before using, so you don’t burn yourself! • Longlasting lipstick – Want your lipstick to stay on for longer? After applying your lipstick, blot it with a tissue and then brush some translucent powder over the tissue to make sure it holds.

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08 FEBRUARY 2018


Croatia a vacation like no other ! By MARCEL MANSON Tel: 020 8954 5074 A Division of West End Travel Email:

CONTINUING HIS FORTNIGHTLY COLUMN, MARCEL MANSON OF JEWISH HERITAGE TOURS AND WEST END TRAVEL, TAKES US ON A TOUR OF CROATIA. Touted as “the place to visit” since its re-emergence on the world tourism scene, it is now clear that Croatia is a unique destination that can hold its own and then some; this is a country with a glorious

1778km-long coast and a staggering 1185 islands. The Adriatic coast is a knockout. Its limpid sapphire waters draw visitors to remote islands, hidden coves and traditional fishing villages, all while touting the glitzy yacht scene. Eight national parks protect pristine forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls in a landscape of primeval beauty. Punctuate this with breath-taking Dubrovnik in the south and Zagreb in the North, and you will discover a country with a fascinating Jewish history. Zagreb holds an annual Jewish film festival in May and we aim to start our next tour to coincide with the festival and will include visits to Zagrebs two communities and

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Shabbat with Chabad. Ronnie Brandel is our recommended guide and will take us to Lekenik, an approximately 45 minute drive. This is the location where Fiddler on the Roof was filmed and the village has been in the news again following Topol’s visit with the film cast on the 50th anniversary of the film. As part of the film festival there is an annual viewing of the film in the village where people dress up to enjoy the experience with a live orchestra playing as a back drop to the film in an extraordinary outdoor setting The Jewish community in Croatia numbers around 2500 members and they live in 10 distinctive Jewish townships. The largest community is in the capital of Zagreb. Their headquarters are in Palmoticeva 16. At the same address you will find a synagogue, an art gallery, a Holocaust research and documentation centre and the largest Jewish library in the Balkans, named after Rabbi Lavoslav Sik. Another community, called Bet Israel, operates


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on Mazuranicev Trg 6. It also has its own synagogue and library. A large number of Jewish tombs can be found at beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery. As you travel down from the Capital be sure to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park. A maze of paths, woods and meadows revolves around 16 sparkling lakes and crashing waterfalls at Plitvice. It’s a World Heritage site and Croatia’s most popular national park – also much loved by its resident bears and wolves and over 120 species of birds. Then you must head for the wonderful Dalmatian Coast and the Croatia’s second city Split which dates back to the early 16th century, but archaeological findings proved Jews existed in the city more than 400 years before. The archaeological evidence can be found in what is known as Zidovski Prolaz (“Jewish Passage”), a small street in the north-western part of Diocletian’s Palace. Even today, the quarter where it’s located is known as the “ghetto” by residents. On the

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eastern slope of Mt. Marjan lies a large Jewish cemetery with calligraphy-inscribed tombstones. So with nearly a week visiting the main sites of Croatia you have now arrived on the coast earning yourself a 7 day rest by embarking on one of the many luxury boats that sail the Adriatic coast in the summer months. These boats comprise of up to 10 deluxe cabins and our private boat comes with a kosher chef on board that visits different Islands daily. We will aim to have kosher BBQ in places like Hvar Town which is home to posh yachties and a see-and-be-seen crowd. There are further stopovers at Zadar and Korcula until you get to the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik where the trip concludes with a visit to the old town Synagogue amongst the towns ramparts.

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ATTACK FLU SEASON WITH THESE 8 IMMUNITY BOOSTING RECIPES Eating immunity boosting foods helps keep your body in better shape to deal with ailments that may come its way. As we are in the midst of flu season, we compiled our favourite recipes highlighting immunity boosting ingredients from yogurt to sweet potatoes and barley.


1. CITRUS FRUIT There is a reason chicken soup is called Jewish Penicillin, the original bone broth. The broth provides calcium and minerals in an easily digestible form. A good chicken soup will live up to its reputation by helping support immunity and resistance to colds and flu. Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C which have been found to help our bodies fight infections. They work best to reduce the severity and duration of the common cold.



Yogurt with live, active cultures are an excellent source of probiotics. Probiotics are best known for improving gut health. By reducing inflammation in the gut, probiotics allow the body to focus on boosting immune function.


Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years as a natural medicine, but is most notably used as an anti-inflammatory which will boost your immunity.


Fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, sardines and tuna are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. It is an essential fat, because our bodies cannot make it on their own. Omega 3 fats have been shown to help achieve optimal immune health.

Green tea is full of polyphenols, plant antioxidants, that may help kill flu viruses. Iced or hot, with lemon and/or ginger, green tea can be a part of your daily routine.


Sweet potatoes have 377% daily value of Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene proven to help boost the immune system and lower the risk for various diseases.


Studies have shown that barley (and oats) contains immune boosting properties. They are loaded with fibre including a special compound that has powerful antioxidant properties.


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The successful candidate will help to enhance the informal Jewish education of the Youth and encourage participation in events. The role involves working closely with Tribe and staff in the Synagogue, in particular the Community Rabbi. Responsibilities will include organising youth services on Shabbat and festivals, building relationships planning and running innovative programmes for youth and young families.


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Applicants should have proven experience in youth positions and demonstrate the ability to plan events from conception through to execution. You must be able to work on your own initiative, have good organisational, administrative and communication skills as well as demonstrating a passion for Judaism and the desire to help nurture that enthusiasm in others. Closing date: – Friday, 9th February 2018 To view the job description and apply for this position, please log on to our website: United Synagogue Registered Charity No. 242552

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