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Jewish leaders have been left frustrated following a much-publicised meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-Semitism in the Labour Party on Tuesday. Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies, and Jonathan Goldstein, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council met with the under-fire leader for more than two hours only to sum up the discussions as “disappointing” and a “missed opportunity.” Whilst welcoming Corbyn’s involvement and recent comments recognising and apologising for anti-Semitism in his Party he did not agree to any of six areas of “concrete actions” requested. Speaking on the BBC, Mr Arkush described the tone as “friendly” and that Corbyn had been engaging and interested but there were no

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new words in his interview. “Yet again there were no actions to go with the words and that was why we felt the meeting had been a real missed opportunity and a great disappointment,” he said. Asked if he would vote Labour, Mr Arkush said he would not and felt his view was shared by almost all members of the Jewish community, many of whom were long standing members. Mr Goldstein, interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said Corbyn “engages in a conversation until you ask him to do something”. “When it comes to calling out people that he knows and has known for a long time, he finds it impossible to take that leadership action,” he noted. “Leadership starts from the top and we are asking Mr Corbyn to take behavioural change and leadership seriously.”



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Jewish leaders have been left frustrated following a much-publicised meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-Semitism in the Labour Party on Tuesday. Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies, and Jonathan Goldstein, Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council met with the under-fire leader for more than two hours only to sum up the discussions as “disappointing” and a “missed opportunity.” Whilst welcoming Corbyn’s involvement and recent comments recognising and apologising for anti-Semitism in his Party he did not agree to any of six areas of “concrete actions” requested. Speaking on the BBC, Mr Arkush described the tone as “friendly” and that Corbyn had been engaging and interested but there were no

new words in his interview. “Yet again there were no actions to go with the words and that was why we felt the meeting had been a real missed opportunity and a great disappointment,” he said. Asked if he would vote Labour, Mr Arkush said he would not and felt his view was shared by almost all members of the Jewish community, many of whom were long standing members. Mr Goldstein, interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said Corbyn “engages in a conversation until you ask him to do something”. “When it comes to calling out people that he knows and has known for a long time, he finds it impossible to take that leadership action,” he noted. “Leadership starts from the top and we are asking Mr Corbyn to take behavioural change and leadership seriously.”



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Orthodox man fights for life after NY stabbing BY LEAH WAXLER An Orthodox Jewish man is fighting for his life after being seriously wounded in Manhattan on Monday afternoon. Jack Gindi was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive the stabbing attack. The incident occurred on 33rd Street and 5th Avenue after Mr Gindi accidentally bumped into a FedEx employee Yeshiva World News reported. The 28-year-old was allegedly stabbed four times. Tyquan Bailey of Orange, New Jersey was taken into custody. The 22-year-old suspect was charged with attempted murder,

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a felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said Gindi worked in the area. The circumstances of the stabbing have yet to be confirmed but police stated that it was an “ongoing” dispute. A FedEx spokesperson said: “We were shocked to learn about the incident in Manhattan today and our thoughts go out to the individual who was injured. “We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time.” The Jewish community have called for prayers to be said for Yaakov Ben Yocheved.

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represent the interests of British Jews with clarity and resolve. “We also commit to do our utmost to work with all those within Labour who want to help make it a safe and equal place for all of its members.” Corbyn described the meeting as “positive and constructive” and the party would settle most outstanding cases of anti-Semitism allegations within the party by the end of July. “I am absolutely committed to rooting out anti-Semitism from our party and our society,” he said. “When members of Jewish communities express genuine anxieties, we must recognise them as we would those of any other community. “I have charged our new general secretary Jennie Formby with improving our disciplinary procedures as her top priority to ensure all complaints are dealt with swiftly and fairly.” The meeting followed unprecedented criticism of the Labour leader over numerous issues including criticism of his comments on an allegedly anti-Semitic mural in 2012. Corbyn had also been taken to task for not taking the issue of ant-Semitism seriously. Gideon Falter, Chairman of Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, commented: “We did not expect Jeremy Corbyn to change his ways after three years, and having set the bar so dismally low he lived up to expectations. “The Labour Party must now hold Mr Corbyn to account and that is why we have filed a disciplinary complaint against him. We will take legal action if necessary. “The Jewish community should not dignify the Labour Party with further meetings until Mr Corbyn himself faces fair and transparent party discipline.”

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Mazel Tov to the Royal Baby


Mazal Tov was the watchword to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following the birth of their third child on Monday. Israel President Reuven Rivlin sent best wishes from the State of Israel whilst Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led tributes to the happy couple from the Jewish community around the UK. The new prince was born at 11.01am, weighing 8lb 7oz, Kensington Palace announced in a formal notice posted on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The baby, fifth in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William and siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s sixth great-grandchild. “Mazal Tov! Congratulations to they Royal Highnesses the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son,” said the Israeli premier. “Together with Nechama, and all

the Israeli people, I send warmest wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family. Looking forward to welcoming the Duke to Israel soon.” Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and to the entire Royal Family on the birth of a

beautiful baby boy! We wish their Royal Highnesses many years of joy from their new son. May he be a source of blessing for our country all the days of his life. Mazal Tov! Former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, commented: “Elaine and I wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte

and the entire Royal Family a huge Mazal Tov on the birth of a baby boy! We hope you get much nachas from him and may he bring you much joy.” Israel Ambassador Mark Regev offered “a very hearty Mazal Tov” following the news. And the Board of Deputies noted:

“A hearty Mazal Tov to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of a baby boy!” Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council commented. “It is wonderful and joyous news and the whole community celebrates with Their Royal Highnesses.” A Kensington Palace statement said Catherine and the new Royal, who is yet to be named, were “both doing well.”

Tony Appleton, a notable town crier, declared in full regalia the newborn prince’s birth outside the hospital. And “It’s a boy” flashed around the top of London’s BT Tower. Further celebrations included a gun salute at Hyde Park, and ath the Tower of London. Television crews, journalists and royal fans from around the world had been outside the hospital on ‘royal baby watch’ in anticipation of the birth since early April.

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“Anti-Semitism must be stamped out”, says Labour front bench MP

James Marlow calls on Labour voters to ditch their candidates

BY ADAM MOSES Fabian Hamilton MP has released the speech he was unable to make as a Labour front bench spokesperson for the Middle East at the debate on anti-Semitism last week. And the Leeds North East politician since 1997 was forthright in his would-be address on the topic that has afflicted his party. “Anti-Semitism must be stamped out wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head. We can never accept a society where such abuse is tolerated,” he noted. Detailing his own family’s history, Mr Hamilton recently discovered that his great-grandmother, Raina Sevilla, who was born in Bulgaria and married in Istanbul, had been murdered in Birkenau in July 1942. Her journey to the notorious death camp came about eight years after she moved from Geneva to Paris with family members. After Paris fell to the Nazis, like hundreds of thousands of French Jews, she wore a yellow star on her coat. Then in the summer of 1942, registered Jews were systematically arrested and taken to the Vel D’hiv, the Paris velodrome from where they were moved to Drancy, near the railhead at Bobigny. Cattle trucks left daily for

extermination camps. Raina was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. “Like almost every other Jewish family alive in Britain today, I have a direct connection to the Holocaust and through that a direct connection to the nation that was created in 1948 to give safety and security to the Jewish people after the catastrophe of that appalling genocide on such an industrial scale,” he noted. Three of Mr Hamilton’s other grandparents were born abroad, as was his father, who couldn’t speak English. Yet eight years after arriving in England he began national service with the British Army. Turning his attention to the modern-day issues afflicting the Labour Party, he noted: “One of the most disturbing aspects of the current wave of anti-Semitism, is that humanity has clearly not learned from the lessons of history. “If we are ever to create a truly harmonious and peaceful society, we have to stamp out the ignorance and fear that leads to hatred, whether of the Jewish people, or of any other cultural or religious group within society. “It is more important than ever before, at this moment in the history of the Labour Party, that we confront the evil of anti-Semitism immediately and without

Fabian Hamilton MP

prevarication. “Pretending that it doesn’t exist will not deal with the problem, and our Party has to ensure that whatever mistakes it has made up until now are put right, confronted and removed before further damage is done.” He added: “We want our Jewish supporters back because in my experience, the North Leeds Jewish community, has not only contributed so much to the Labour Party over more than a hundred years but also has a strong social conscience and sense of social justice. “It cares deeply not only about its own community but also about the health and welfare of the whole city of Leeds and has made such an enormous contribution to it. “Disillusioned Jewish former members and supporters must feel comfortable once again in the Labour Party.”

German head advises against wearing yamulke’s


Jews in Germany have been advised not to wear a yarmulke (kippa) following a number of anti-Semitic incidents. Dr Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, speaking on Berlin public radio told residents to “exercise

Dr Josef Schuster

caution” in big cities. His controversial comments came ahead of a ‘Berlin Wears Kippah’ solidarity march yesterday. Schuster, speaking on Israel’s Channel 10 TV, accepted that “showing your colours” was the way to tackle anti-Semitism, but still advised individuals against “openly wearing a kippah” in big German cities.” He also stated that if Germans refused to stand up to anti-Semitism, democracy would be at risk. His comments are in stark contrast to those from the Berlin-based Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism and a spokesman had changed his view on advising Jewish people not to wear a yarmulke to demonstrate their identity. “We must take up this fight and be visible again in public,” he said. Jewish organisations have voiced

concern over a recent incident including threats to schools. Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned an anti-Semitic attack by three Arab speakers on two men who wore a yamulke in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood of Berlin last week. The alleged attack was captured on a mobile phone video which can be viewed on YouTube. A suspect has since been arrested. The ‘Berlin Wears Kippa” campaign is a response to the recent attack. Gideon Joffe, chairman of the community, said the objective was to mobilise a social alliance to oppose hatred. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller and Dr Schuster are both scheduled to speak at the march. Germany’s Jewish population now numbers 200,000.

BY ISAAC SHERMAN Local elections take place next week. All 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district and borough councils and 17 unitary authorities are up for grabs across England. There will also be direct elections for the Mayoralties of Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford and a parliamentary by-election in West Tyrone. In the capital, Labour is expected to dominate elections with the Borough of Barnet its top target. Labour has never held sway in the borough since 1963 where 15 percent of residents are Jewish, the biggest of all borough’s in the United Kingdom. Conservative have held power since 2002. Currently, there are 31 Tory councillors, one ahead of Labour. A sole Liberal and Independent councillor make up the numbers. In other wards candidates standing include Danny Rich (Labour, West Finchley), Jack Cohen (Liberal Democrat) Peter Zinkin (Conservative) and Shimon Ryde (Conservative, Childs Hill), Adam Langleben (Labour, West Hendon) and Anna Lawton (Labour, Fortis Green). Back in Barnet journalist James Marlow is among Jewish candidates standing for the Tories. With just under one week to go before local elections, Mr Marlow has received hate mail for writing in the Barnet Times praising Labour MP’s who turned out for the Westminster rally against anti-Semitism earlier this month. He has also called upon the Labour leadership to act with “real action and not weak words.”

James Marlow


Several letters were published in the Barnet Times by readers claiming they had many Jewish friends that are Labour party members but said they had never witnessed any anti-Semitism whatsoever. Another writer said the campaign was aimed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s “efforts” to challenge anti-Semitism. And another, signed by over 20 Labour members from Finchley and Golders Green, many with Jewish names, accused Marlow of “attempting to deflect criticism of Israel and Zionism.” They added he was targeting Corbyn “because he opposes his record of lifelong support for the rights of the Palestinians and his commitment to socialism.” Conservative candidate Marlow responded to critics in a letter published in the Barnet Times last week. He noted: “When you allow Labour candidates to stand as councillors who have written messages on social media that the Holocaust did not happen or that Jews control the banks and media, Corbyn continues to refuse to take the decisive steps and therefore lacks leadership values or credibility.” Marlow, who is standing in the Woodhouse Ward, which includes parts of North Finchley and Woodside Park has called on voters to boycott Labour candidates. He added, “Locally and nationally, Labour members are distancing themselves from Corbyn, but a vote for their candidates will simply bolster the hard-left control of the Labour party and Corbyn will claim victory if Barnet was to fall.”

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Macron proposes “new” Iran deal French President Emanuel Macron said earlier this week he wanted to develop a “new deal” to stop Iranian nuclear activity as he sought to persuade US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The two leaders met as part of Macron’s state visit to the US. The French President said after the meeting that he was “very happy about the discussion we had together,” and said that they had discussed “new” solutions to stop Iranian nuclear activity both now and beyond 2025 when the current deal expires. Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump, a long-term critic of the JCPOA, said the deal should have included tighter restrictions on Iran’s missile testing capabilities. He described the current deal as “ridiculous,” saying “it should never have been made”. Macron made the case that the US and France’s objective should be to “contain the Iranian presence” in the Middle East and that



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the deal must be considered “as part of the broader picture, which is security in the overall region”. Trump said: “Wherever there’s trouble, Yemen, Syria, no matter where you have it, Iran is behind it. And now, unfortunately, Russia is getting more and more involved. But Iran seems behind everything where there’s a problem. And we just have to take a look.” He also expressed his frustration that Iran is “testing missiles,” adding “what kind of a deal is it when you don’t talk about Yemen and you don’t talk about all the other problems that we have with respect to Iran?” When asked about the prospect that Iran may restart its nuclear program if the deal collapsed, Trump said: “It won’t be so easy

for them to restart it. They’re not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they’re going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before.” Responding to the comments Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “It is either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more important to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith.” Iranian President Hassan Rohani said: “I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will react firmly. If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences.”



Israel axes plan to deport African migrants

The Israeli Government informed the High Court of Justice earlier this week that it had scrapped its plan to deport thousands of African migrants, stating that “there is no possibility of implementing involuntary deportations to a third country.” The decision followed the failure of Israeli officials to agree deals with Uganda or Rwanda to grant them entry and eventual residency rights. The Israel Government also announced that individuals from African countries with expired visas would be able to renew their visas every 60 days. But Israeli immigration officials said: “We will take action on the issue of the infiltrators, including by encouraging their voluntary departure or involuntary removal, according to what is legally possible.” Last night, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had reached an agreement with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to reopen the immigration detention facilities in Holot to enable immigration

officers to detain illegal immigrants pending their deportation or voluntary removal. Yesterday’s move comes after Netanyahu cancelled a previous agreement on 2 April with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate over 16,000 African asylum seekers from Israel to Western countries, with a similar number to be given temporary residence in Israel. The Government’s original plan was to give migrants $3,500 and deport them to Rwanda or Uganda, but this policy came under severe criticism and the Supreme Court froze the deportations in midMarch in response to a petition. According to a 2017 report by the Population and Immigration Authority 34,187 individuals from Sudan and Eritrea are currently resident in Israel. Although more than a 1000 have been granted asylum the rest are a combination of failed asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and asylum applicants whose cases have yet to be determined.


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An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Members of the Labour Party, MPs, Councillors and Candidates. Dear Mr. Corbyn,

Although I am currently a Conservative candidate for Hale ward in the Borough of Barnet, I was extremely pleased when you agreed to a meeting with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. It was reassuring that you, as a leader, would be facing the problem of anti-Semitism head on and I felt that democracy was, once more, being exemplified as a model for tolerance regardless of my personal political leanings. How disappointed I then was when this fantastic opportunity for reconciliation was left as a further declaration that you do not care about your voters. This week served as a reminder that you are indeed representing a party that is ‘For the Many Not the Few’ and you are more than willing to ignore the issues facing minority communities not just in the United Kingdom, but across the world. I understand that you are reluctant to own up to the fact that your party has not met the mark in dealing with anti-Semitism, but you must understand that it does not show political weakness to admit when you are wrong; weakness is dismissing an issue that crosses political boundaries in the fear that to admit error would be to tarnish your reputation as a politician. Whether or not it was your intention, you have promoted a culture of anti-Semitism in this country. Through your blatant disregard of the social issues, your misguided attempts at pacifying the community, and the treatment of anti-Semitism by your party as nothing more than a ‘smear campaign’, you have created an unavoidable disaster for the Jewish people. If Labour is to win forthcoming elections, then a universal message is sent that the government and leaders of the United Kingdom do not care about anti-Semitism or by extension, do not care about the mistreatment of minorities in any sense of the word. If Labour does not win in the upcoming elections, then because of the current rhetoric around this issue, a loss by Labour will be seen by some as confirmation of a wider Jewish conspiracy, that the so-called ‘smear campaign’ was successful. There is no solution to the problem we, as a community, are about to face and whether the forthcoming elections mean a win or a loss for Labour, Jews around the country will once more be the targets of abuse. At this stage, Mr. Corbyn, an apology is not sufficient. So instead I extend my plea to current Labour MPs, Councillors and Candidates. To tell you all to resign would be short-sighted and detrimental to the idea of democratic representation – I know that as fellow politicians, you only have your constituents’ best interests at heart. However, there has come a time that to be associated with Labour, is to be associated with xenophobia, racism, prejudice, discrimination and hostility. A message must be sent. I would implore you to distance yourself from a party which is a shell of what it once was. Run as Independent candidates: keep your views and opinions, keep your constituents’ needs at the forefront of your policies, keep the good work you are doing for your communities, keep your philanthropy as representatives, but do not associate with a party for which these positive motivations of politicians and democratic leaders have taken a back-seat. For the ideals of democracy and equality, I remain, sincerely, Elliot Simberg Conservative Candidate for Hale ward Please note: The views of the letters do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper. Letters may be edited and publication is at the discretion of the editor.


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Runners raise a cool £190k in hottest ever London marathon BY DAVID SAFFER Jewish charities are united in praise for participants who braved the hottest conditions in the event’s history to complete the iconic 26.2 mile Virgin Money London marathon course last Sunday. Over 40,000 racers ran, jogged and walked the capital’s streets cheered on by family, friends and staff members. Ten runners pledged an astonishing £60,000 so far in aid of Chai Cancer Care which provides comprehensive services to members of the Jewish community affected by a cancer diagnosis. Ben Radstone, who has raised an inspiring £10,900, took part in memory of his father, Mark and father in-law, Jack Reef. Ben said: “I wanted to support their ‘Home support’ programme as it makes the lives of those families and patients affected by cancer that little bit easier.” Richard Silver has raised over £9,770 whilst Ricki Stone has been pledged over £7,600. “Chai does so much for the community and I wanted to take on a challenge to support them and their amazing work,” she said. “Running has taught me I am capable of much more than I ever imagined. Michael Jaeger, who ran in memory of his father who lived in Israel, and James Steele have both raised over £6,500. Neil Sapler has raised over £3,200 in memory of his stepfather

Michael Jaeger & Darrel Yawitch

Harold Kirk. Darrel Yawitch completed the challenge in his fastest ever time of 3 hours 16 minutes raising over £3,400. Elliott Stern and his wife, Tash, have so far raised £12,500 to be split between Chai, Grief Encounter and Luton and Dunstable Hospital. “We are in awe and salute all our runners for their commitment and dedication over many months,” commented Chai chairman Louise Hager. “Through their efforts Chai can continue to be there for all those who turn to us.” Camp Simcha’s nine participants collectively raised over £42,000 after completing the iconic route, including two family members of children the charity has supported and a former volunteer. Abraham Amselem, Isaac Bentata, Marc Cohen, Yiddy Gertner, Katherine Hinchcliffe, Evan Morris, Jonny Phillips, Mel Ross and Michael Seitler completed the course in times ranging from 3 hours 24 minutes to 6 hours 40 minutes. Veteran racer Jonny Phillips ran his seventh marathon for the charity in his quickest ever time followed closely by Evan Morris seven minutes later. Evan, was running as part of a year of challenges to mark the milestone in September of his son Jared’s fifth year in remission following a diagnosis of Burkett’s Lymphoma. “I want to raise awareness for the

great work Camp Simcha does for the help and support they provide to sick children and their families,” he said. “I ran to say thanks for everything they did for Jared, for making him smile when he was at his worst and for providing a respite from the chemo, the drugs, the tests and the months in hospital. “This is my second London marathon, it was a great day and although the heat was very debilitating and made it very tough, the atmosphere was magical.” Marc Cohen, whose four-yearold nephew Jake has been supported by the charity since he started receiving treatment for neuroblastoma last July, ran the Manchester marathon earlier in the month. “Camp Simcha they have been incredible to my family,” he said. “Up until about mile 14 it was good fun and an amazing atmosphere but the last 12 were a bit of a battle but had loads of family at the end so that got me through.” Jewish Care runners raised over £26,500 with participants racing on behalf of grandparents cared for by the organisation. James Fox, Sarah Myers, Mich Preston, Josh Domb, Lauren Waterman and Chris Ezekiel completed the distance. James’ grandma, Renee Hassell, was a resident at Clore Manor in Hendon. “The heat was unbearable and I’m so relieved I finished,” he said. “I’m really proud my fundraising went so well and I’d like to thank everyone for supporting me. “I’ve seen first-hand the fantastic work Jewish Care does to support so many people and families in our community.” Sarah’s mum, Wendy Stollerman works in Jewish Care’s Family Carers service, which is part of the Community Support and Social Work team. Sarah’s grandma attends Jewish Care’s Connect @ Centre in Southgate and her grandpa went to Jewish Care’s Sam Beckman Centre for people living with dementia before he passed away. “Everyone was just brilliant and the support all along the way was amazing, it was so good to see my family and have a nice warm welcome at the end,” she said. Mich added, “I loved it, the crowds cheering along the way from the charity was incredible.” “We both have three kids and


Laura Marks with her family at the finish

work so squeezing in training has been the biggest struggle. Seeing our families with their home-made banners spurred us on and we’re so grateful for all the support.” Josh’s grandma, Diane, who has dementia, moved to Otto Schiff home in Golders Green two years ago. She has inspired him to run three marathons in the past two years. “Those were undoubtedly the hardest conditions I have ever run in,” he said. “The first 18 miles were okay but after that the heat truly took its toll. The atmosphere was incredible though. “Jewish Care have been absolutely brilliant. I have always taken huge comfort from the standard of care provided to my grandma on so many levels. It makes the world of difference.” Lauren ran in memory of her grandmother Barbara Waterman, a Jewish Care volunteer for over 47 years at Stepney Jewish Community Centre. Her efforts will primarily be go towards ‘Barbara’s Kitchen’ in her memory at the centre. “Every mile I was getting closer to my target and I’m really pleased I exceeded my fundraising target.” Second time runner Chris ran in memory of his grandparents, Lily and Raymond Ezekiel, who were cared for at John Reuben’s House in Ilford. “I’m sure like all the runners, it was the great causes that we run for that got us through the hottest marathon ever,” he said. “Running the marathon to help others in our community who rely on Jewish Care’s services is a way to show my appreciation.” Daniel Carmel-Brown, Jewish Care’s Chief Executive Designate said, “Each runner has their own inspiring story about what

motivated them to take on this huge challenge.” Six Kisharon runners have raised £32,000 and counting in aid of work supporting children and adults with special needs. Rabbi Sam Fromson and his father, Bernard, both posted a finish time of 5 hours 16 minutes. The Fromson duo have taken part in various Kisharon challenges previously. Kosher Kingdom manager Shlomi Rokach posted a finish time of just under four hours. Ron Korczak, hasn’t previously participated in challenges for Kisharon but has already raised in excess of £10,000, twice his initial target. Shimon Lev, who ran the London Marathon for a fifth time in aid of Kisharon, posted his fastest ever finish time of 3 hours 43 minutes. Bronte Snow exceeded her £3,000 target. Sam Indyk, having suffered a personal illness, wanted to give something back to Nightingale Hammerson who aided his recovery. And John Doyle, who has run between 30-40 marathons, but none since 2010, ran in aid of Nightingale for the first time. Greek-born Denae Vazoura, a nurse on Nightingale House’s Ronson Unit, also raised funds for the charity. An 11-strong team donned World Jewish Relief vests and have raised over £30,000 for the charity. First timer racer Josh Edelman said: “It’s been great to have so much support from the Jewish community and everyone who came out to cheer. It’s good to do something difficult for a great cause.” Michele Robinson commented: “It was really tough in hot conditions but worth it and really amazing.” Danielle Ellis added: “I’ve

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Shlomi Rokach with his family

of money I’ve raised.” Marcus Mendleson said: “I am very proud to have raised a significant amount of money for an amazing charity.” Paul Anticoni, WJR chief executive, said “The dedication people show to this event is quite astounding. Through our charity’s outreach work so many people will benefit from what is effectively an incredible and often life changing experience for our runners.” Emunah first-time runners and marathon veterans came through to raise vital funds. First-time entrants Sarah Tarzi and Dan Brazil were excited and relieved to finish. Together with the efforts of experienced racers Claire Gothelf and Flora Frank, Emunah homes and services caring for at-risk children in Israel will benefit from almost £10,000. “The marathon was awesome, an experience I’ll never forget,” said Dan. “The atmosphere was brilliant with the music and all the people shouting out your name. “Having trained in a very cold winter I wasn’t used to running in the heat and the sun was relentless. My legs went at 20 miles, I started to fight my own internal battle but kept going.”

Sarah refused to pull out despite feeling ill. “I thought, I can’t let Emunah down and it was the most amazing experience,” she said. “I think it must have been stress and worrying about the hot weather. People poured cups of water over me at every opportunity and it was really fun, there is nothing like it. “Because Emunah gave me a shirt with my name on it people were calling out to me, it was very motivating.” Great grandmother and Jewish educator Flora entered the race in memory of her husband Herbert, who passed away six months ago. This was her 37th marathon and hardest to date. “It took longer than usual because the heat got to me, so I went very slowly,” she said. “People were so kind and came out of their homes with water on the route to keep me going.” Claire travelled to the capital from Leeds for her third London Marathon for Emunah and finished thanks to help from another runner and medics. “I felt dizzy and paramedics came over to check me out, they were amazing,” she said. Claire’s fundraising inspiration comes from her 81-year-old mother,

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Lloyd Rakusen, Philip Rakusen, Michelle Kristall-Monnickendam, Richard Sherman, Suzanne Shenderey and Katy Higgins raised £10,000 for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board who will use the funds for various services in the city. “We had six amazing runners who trained in the worst wintry conditions and ended up running on the hottest day this year who showed true grit and courage,” said Meirav Sasson, Income Generation Manager. “Huge congratulations to them all; everyone at LJWB is incredibly proud of them.”


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United Synagogue success at Supreme Court Last Tuesday evening the United Synagogue had the honour of hosting an evening with two judicial heavyweights at the Supreme Court in Westminster. The event was sponsored by Assersons Law Office. Following a wine reception, guests entered the main courtroom to hear from The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, President of The Supreme Court, and Miriam Naor, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court. The evening was chaired by Trevor Asserson who introduced the evening’s topic of the role of the judiciary in protecting democracy and human rights. Lady Hale spoke about the interplay of the relationships between the government, parliament and the people and at what point should the judiciary intervene to say that human rights are being infringed. Justice Naor spoke about this relationship through the prism of the current crisis between the Israeli Government and the Supreme Court on what the process should be with regards to illegal immigrants in Israel. Following the presentations there was a question and answer session that covered how judges are selected in both countries, whether the changes to the role of the Lord Chancellor

The Supreme court in Westminster

in the UK is a step forward and if there is added pressure for Israeli judges from the religious parties. The final question was how does one balance human rights and national security especially with terror threats and conflict, to which the reply was that this was the great challenge facing all democracies. Addressing this point, the closing remark from Trevor Asserson was to quote another former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aaron Barak, who said that in the midst of war the law must not be silent

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PaL Partner of the Year Award St John’s Wood Synagogue’s Yom Recently, Phone and Learn - PaL, the UK’s leading Jewish telephone learning organisation, awarded one of its longstanding partners with the ‘Partner of the Year’ award. PaL partner Michelle Belnikoff, a mother of three from Borehamwood, was nominated by her PaL tutor, Mrs Ruchi Cohen. Shortly after Pesach, Eva Chapper, Community Rebbetzen in Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, presented Michelle with the award. Michelle’s tutor Ruchi Cohen from Stamford Hill said; “I feel privileged to be part of PaL and feel I gain so much from our weekly learning sessions. Michelle is so inspiring: she is a wonderful combination of finesse and ambition and is constantly striving for more.” Of course, without Ruchi’s dedication and commitment, none of this would be possible. Ruchi has two weekly PaL learning partnerships and is an inspiration to all who meet her. “When I started learning with Ruchi, it was hard to get out to any shiurim with a young baby. PaL was ideal, allowing me to learn regularly without leaving the house,” Michelle said. “Ruchi has always been flexible and over the last nine years we have covered many topics including Shabbat cooking, the book of Ruth Megilas Rus, Parsha, Festivals yomim tovim, Parenting and Mussar. Ruchi

is an inspirational lady. She has an incredibly busy schedule yet always makes the time to learn with me, encourage me and help me grow.” Michelle recently moved from Chigwell to Borehamwood. Rebbetzen Chapper who also used to live in Ilford remarked, “Michelle’s dedication and devotion to learning for the past 9 years is appropriately recognised at a time when we are counting up to Matan Torah. It was an honour to present Michelle with the award. May she go M’chayil el chayil in her learning.” PaL’s Programme Coordinator, Rivka Graham commented, “Michelle and Ruchi’s partnership is an example of many of the inspiring learning partnerships at PaL. It is so wonderful to see how their commitment and dedication can have such a positive impact on their lives.”

Ha’atzmaut Celebrations

Over 180 people celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut together at St John’s Wood Synagogue, enjoying Israel’s 70th Birthday in the Sunshine. The weather was absolutely perfect for an al-fresco

evening with live music and entertainment for kids and adults. The community organised face painting and a Children’s entertainer who put on a great show.

Looking at the tasty treats

(l – r)Rebbetzen Eva Chapper, PaL partner Michelle Belnikoff, PaL tutor Ruchi Cohen, Rivka Graham’

Some fun dancing

Yom Ha’atzmaut at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School Pupils, parents and teachers at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School came together to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with a sun-drenched fete and dance party, which followed a day of fun activities and an Israeli-style lunch. Comments from parents included “What

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an awesome event - so much fun!” and “It really captured the spirit of Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel!”. A teacher described it as “the most fantastic Yom Ha’atzmaut that I have ever experienced in a school.”


Charity Corner Youth Aliyah Child Rescue

Chief Executive Officer, Daliah Mehdi

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue is a UK-based charity that helps to fund residential villages in Israel for at risk children. Originally set up in 1933 to provide a home and education to children escaping Nazi Europe on the Kindertransport, it now helps children from all over the world, including Israel itself who may have endured extreme poverty, abuse, neglect or other unimaginable hardships within their home life. These residential villages offer a chance for


£13,600 supper quiz boost for Resource £13,600 was raised for Resource at a sell-out supper quiz fundraiser held at Mill Hill Synagogue on Monday. Resource Chief Executive Victoria Sterman told the 260 guests that the income represented a significant contribution towards the non-profit organisation’s work in providing free professional guidance and training for members of the Jewish community looking to get into the workplace. Resource helps around 400 people seeking work or to set up in business annually, with over 60 per cent going on to find employment within six months.

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children to grow and develop in a safe, supported and nurturing environment. The Jewish Weekly catches up with Chief Executive Officer, Daliah Mehdi, to find out more about her working day. 09:30 am - I start my day with a quick informal chat with my team so we all know what everyone is working on, and can plan for the week ahead. Right now we are preparing for our 85th Anniversary Dinner which takes place in May, as well as processing donations from our recent Pesach appeal, so there is a lot to keep us busy. Despite being a small team of five, we manage to achieve a lot mainly because we work really well together, and everyone is happy to help and support each other. Each of us has our own reasons for feeling strongly about this charity. For me, Youth Aliyah Child Rescue has always been in my life, and I feel I grew up with it. As a teen, my father was the Executive Director and I spent my summers visiting the youth villages with him. We would often have students from these villages at our Shabbat or Seder table, so when I joined the charity myself in 2016, I already had a deep understanding of the charity and its importance and wanted to help raise this awareness to more people in the UK. 10:30am - It’s 12:30pm in Israel

so the perfect time to contact the youth villages for updates. We support 5 villages and 2 pre-army leadership programmes in total, located in different parts of Israel, which cater for children of all ages. These calls are really important for me to understand the current needs of each village, and to find out what is going on with the students and staff and projects we are working together on. One village may have news on a building project they are planning; another will tell me about a performance by a music student or a military award for one of our graduates. Hearing about how much these children are able to achieve just shows that the programmes in these villages do really work. The statistics are incredible, and the children and staff are truly inspiring. I feel that the greatest testament to the success of our work is in our graduates, who go on do great things - mayors, Knesset members, doctors, engineers, teachers, artists and musicians. These updates help me to match the perfect project with the right individual donor who may be looking to fund something meaningful to them. I am always so touched by the generosity of our donors and their willingness to give to children whose own parents are not able to care for them shows an incredible amount of compassion and kindness.

we work with many organisations within the Jewish community and I really enjoy the chance to collaborate with them 12:00pm - Our dinner committee is meeting over lunch to continue planning our upcoming event in May. There are so many details to discuss as we want to make sure the evening goes smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons. 1:30pm - This afternoon I am meeting with our Grants Review Committee, which is one of my favourite parts of my job, but also one of the hardest. It is great to hear about the dreams that the villages have and that we can help make them come true through the money that we raise. 2:30pm – Together with my Fundraising Manager, Nicola, we often meet with supporters who want to help the charity in some way. Today, we are meeting with someone who is planning an event to celebrate her birthday and would like Youth Aliyah Child Rescue to be the beneficiary, so we are helping her to organise the event, and we will be there on her big day to represent the charity.

4pm – We have a call with our fundraising committee to review the plan for the year. Once the 11:00am - After catching up with dinner is over in May, we will then my emails, I make calls to other start planning our sports dinner in organisations we are currently November. partnering with. Whether arranging for an Israel tour to visit one 4:30pm – I am visiting a family of our youth villages, or working whose son is celebrating his bar with schools such as JCoSS to host mitzvah next year. We are develvisiting musicians from Israel, oping a personalised bar mitzvah

project for him that fits with his hobbies and interests, but will also benefit the village. Last year, two sports-loving boys raised money to buy an air hockey table for a dormitory in one of our villages and they were able to go and visit the village to see how their donation helped the children. We are always happy to talk to anyone who might be interested and I think it is a really great way to add something to a bar or bat mitzvah experience, and a special thing to do for other children who may not be as fortunate. 6pm - No meetings tonight - which means that I get to spend some time reading Harry Potter with my son. Working for Youth Aliyah Child Rescue makes me really appreciate that not all children have the same start in life, but through the work that we do, we are able to help them heal from their past experiences and move forward. These at risk children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, and it is thanks to our amazing supporters and donors that we can continue to make a difference. My goal is to make sure that more people learn about what we do and how they can be a part of investing in Israel’s future in this way. If you’d like to learn more about our bar/bat mitzvah programme, hosting an event, visiting a village, special projects, or just to learn more about what we do, we’d love to hear from you. Call us on 020 8371 1580 or visit

Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market visits London Traders and products from the iconic Jerusalem shuk arrived in support of the Ezer Mizion International Bone Marrow Registry Thousands of people turned up at Lee Valley for the event which was sponsored by the Jerusalem office of Minister Ze’ev Elkin and was designed to encourage the expansion of the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Base and facilitating more life saving transplants. The attendees gathered in the market area to experience the smells of the colourful market, to hear the voices of the traders and to buy the goods brought directly from Israel. Ezer Mizion has been operating for decades for the welfare

of sick families, established a bone marrow donation registry under the direction of Dr. Bracha Zisser in 1998, and over the last 20 years more than 2,600 people have received new life thanks to bone marrow transplants through the registry. Ezer Mizion, which has worked for the last week with the production team of Inspire and Machane Yehuda market traders, expressed their thanks to the UK Jewish Community for their support in the success of the Machane Yehuda in London and look forward to their 20th year Gala Dinner in June and many more market events in the future.

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Redbridge comes together to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut Over 300 people of all ages from the Redbridge community got together on Thursday 18 April to enjoy a fantastic evening of celebration for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 70th birthday, at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Huggett, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Kissin, local MP’s Mike Gapes and Ian Duncan Smith joined the community to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary. Children took part in Israeli Wohl IJPS cheering and celebrating themed arts and crafts from the MIKE volunteers before entertaining the community with performances including Israeli dancing and choir performances from children at Clore Tikva Primary School, Wohl IJPS and readings from KS pupils. Those of all ages closed the evening by joining in dancing to music played by the Yossi Yoffe Band. Centre manager Graham Freedman, welcomed everyone to the event “We were delighted and honoured to be joined by such a significant number of guests at what has become a really special annual communal event, celebrating IsraWIJPS school children from el’s independence whilst bringing the community enjoy the Yom people of all ages from the local Ha’atzmaut party at Jewish Care’s community together”. Redbridge Community Centre Speaking at the event, Mike

“Shalom. Today is a celebration of and spoke of the impact that this light over darkness, hope over fear work has had on him; and freedom over oppression so we “I wouldn’t be here today if it can all live in harmony and peace wasn’t for this community, its youth together. I am therefore delighted leadership programme and the work to be here to celebrate this special of the community Shaliach’s who occasion”. encouraged me from a young age to Jewish Care’s Chief Executive remain connected to my community Designate, and former manager of and Israel. I want to take this opporthe RJCC, Daniel Carmel-Brown, tunity to pay tribute to this unique addressed the audience, the first community, my community, a comtime he has spoken publicly since munity that through this centre conhis appointment was announced. He nects people to each other and to the Gapes MP, said, “I am delighted to paid tribute to the community and State of Israel”. be here today to celebrate the 70th their ongoing connection to Israel anniversary of the state of Israel and once again be here at Sinclair House a place that does so much for the local community from the very young to the very old”. His colleague from the House, Ian Duncan Smith, MP commented, “I was enormously pleased to be invited to be here today and celebrate with the community. This is a dual celebration; a celebration of the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people, which was and still is a remarkable achievement and a celebration of Jewishness which is something that those of us who feel strongly in condemning anti-Semi- Oded Gvaram, RJCC’s Israeli Shaliach with tism are proud to celebrate” Daniel Carmel Brown, Jewish Care’s Chief Mayor, Cllr Huggett said, Executive designate addresses the community

Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut

There was an incredible atmosphere at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School as pupils, staff and parents celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut together. The school community enjoyed a day of almost non-stop Israeli dancing together with a picnic lunch. All pupils learned about 70 fascinating Israeli facts and presented them to their peers in a special whole school presentation. Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without a birthday cake and as a going home ‘goodie’ pack, each pupil had an ice-pop, an IsOldest Year 6 pupil Aaron Caplin (11) and raeli flashing light ‘snap’ bracelet and a blue and youngest Reception pupil Jaime Graph (4) white iced cupcake. We are extremely grateful to Mrs Blima Wollenberg, the Rebbetsen of Wood- performed at the Redbridge Jewish Community ford Forest United Synagogue, for kindly baking Centre’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Gala Show. and decorating 300 cupcakes! Thank you to to the UJIA and the JLC Israel 70 In the evening, our WIJPS Israeli Dance Group Community Fund.

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Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue get counting for B Buttons’s project Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue was silent last Sunday morning as over 100 members of the community came together for the fantastic B Button’s Project. All that could be heard through the class rooms were the handful of buttons as they were taken from large bowls and placed on the tables as fingers and minds got to work counting. As each bag was filled with 1000 buttons, it was called out and held aloft to be collected by the organisers of the event. There was even a score board keeping track as the bags were gathered so we knew how many thousands of buttons had been amassed. But these weren’t just mere buttons. Each represented a child who perished in the Holocaust, so as we counted the little buttons, the large buttons, the square and the round

versions, the long and the short ones, each actually took on a personality, whose life was taken far too early, and therefore made the whole experience far more poignant. In three short hours, 200,000 buttons had been counted at Stanmore Shul and these were then ready to be stored as part of the wider B Button’s community project. This amazing initiative was the idea of a year 10 Student at the Lakes school in Windermere, which is built on the Calgarth estate and was the original home of the 300 children known as “the boys” who were liberated from the concentration camps at the end of the second world war and brought to the UK in 1945 to restart their lives. This student wanted to create a living and representational monument to the children that perished in the Holocaust and so

B’s Button’s project came to life as a way to show and demonstrate what 1.5 million children really represented. As organisers Melvin Jacobs and Jenny Schwarzmann explain: “Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue first heard about this project at the Mitzvah Day awards ceremony where Abigail Mann introduced the project and asked for the Jewish Community to help collect more buttons. We decided to include the button collection as part of Stanmore’s Yad B’Yad programme and we immediately set about asking the community to bring in their buttons – putting up posters around the synagogue, posting on Facebook and using our friends and family to spread the word. Slowly but surely the mound of buttons increased into

a small mountain and with it came the stories of where the buttons came from and the memories they evoked.” To make the countathon even more meaningful, the organising committee invited one of “the boys” to talk to the counters. Harry Olmer shared his experiences of arriving at Lake Windermere and what it felt like adjusting to life in the UK and how he then travelled to Scotland for further rehabilitation. He spoke so

movingly and made the count even more emotive to those assembled, which included the Magic Moments delegation from Israel, who came to the count with their host families from the Stanmore community. Local MP, Bob Blackman, was also present for Harry’s account and even counted a few buttons himself before speaking to those involved.

It was not only the weather that was hot on Yom Ha’atzmaut. The atmosphere at Barnet Synagogue was electric as almost 200 members celebrated the joint birthday of the land of Israel and the Barnet Community. After a solemn service for Yom Hazikaron and an address by Barnet Rabbi Barry Lerer remembering the ultimate sacrifice given by so many to ensure we have a State of Israel,

the mood lightened with a Yom Ha’atzmaut service led by Chazan Alex Jaffe. Then it was party time with a Pimms drinks reception and a chance to view an exhibition of the past 70 years of the Barnet Community which was put together by Barnet members Natalie & David Shaw and Donna Cohen. Following the drinks reception back upstairs in the Shul that had been transformed

into a chic party venue bathed in blue light there was a hot meaty buffet from Reich and simcha dancing with music by Neshama. A raffle and auction raised over £850.00 for Hatzola and Laniado Hospital. The evening was rounded off with a celebratory cake being cut by those members celebrating their 70th birthdays this year.

Bnei Akiva once again took over Kinloss United Synagogue for the largest Yom Ha’Atzmaut service in the UK. Over 2000 people were in attendance. The community heard speeches from Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Ambassador Mark Regev, the RT Hon Gavin Williamson and BAUK’s Mazkir Joe Boxer. They were also led by Chazan Jonny Turgel for a stirring service with an

atmospheric rendition of Hallel. Following the service, 600 people attended a dinner catered by Itzik and danced the night away with music from Eli Tamir. This was a hugely successful event that was greatly enjoyed by all who participated. For highlights and recordings of the speeches please visit

Participants of the B Button’s Project

Yom Ha’atzmaut at Barnet Synagogue Bnei Akiva Yom Ha’atzmaut

Rabbi Barry Lerer adressing the atendees

Friends celebrating together


Chic party venue

Lighting the candles

The crowded synagogue


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Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel at 70 afternoon Tea at the Nicky Alliance Centre


The launch of the Mincha-Maariv services at the Meade Hill Shul One of Manchester’s oldest Shul’s the Meade Hill Shul in Prestwich has seen a miracle, with it’s membership increased in the past few months of well over fifty. The Shul, with it’s elderly members has seen, ‘Green Shoots’ said Mr Carl Goldberg, the Shul’s Vice President, “With young families coming from London and moving into the Windsor Road area of Prestwich, around the corner from the Shul.

With property prices far cheaper than London and,with young men layning and taking part in the Shul and its service said a happy, the Shul has seen a revival”, commented Carl Goldberg the Shul’s Vice President. The Shul’s Rabbi is Rabbi Yanky Prijs, with Rebbetzen Esti Prijs and his young family. Rabbi Prijs is pictured addressing the first Mincha Maariv service held in the Shul for many years.

Flag waving at the Nicky Alliance Centre celebrating Israel’s 70th Birthday with a special afternoon tea

King David High school Yom Ha’atzmaut open air lunch

Meade Hill Shul, Rabbi Yanky Prijs at the first Mincha-Maariv service in several years PHOTO CREDIT: LAWRENCE PURCELL

Enjoying the celebrations

Four pizzas and four smiles!

Sunshine, sunglasses and celebration! PHOTO CREDIT: LAWRENCE PURCELL


Praying hard at the new minyan


ASK THE RABBI Looking for answers? Send your question to A Politically Correct Coward? Dear Rabbi, I like the fact that your responses to questions are straight to the point. You don’t mince your words at all. Your response about Israel last week was positively brilliant. Too many Rabbis today are apologetic or politically correct. I don’t think that does Judaism any favours. I just wanted to say “kol hakovod!” Rachel

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Dear Rachel, Political correctness knows no limits in today’s society. For example: the European Parliament introduced proposals to outlaw titles stating marital status such as ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ so as not to cause offence. It also meant that ‘Madame’ and ‘Mademoiselle’, ‘Frau’ and ‘Fraulein’ and ‘Senora’ and ‘Senorita’ would be banned. Across the pond, several US councils and organisations ruled any terms using the word ‘man’ as a prefix or suffix as not being polit-


Psalm 49

This week’s Psalm is the sobering one that we say at a shiva house. We are shown the importance of using our time in this world properly, to enhance our spiritual development and prepare ourselves adequately for the next world. The Psalmist begins by calling to all the people in the world. ‘Hear this all you peoples, give ear all you dwellers of decaying earth. Sons of Adam and sons of man, together rich and poor.’ Both the rich and poor are obsessed by money, the former to make more and keep it, sometimes to simply rot in a bank, and the latter want it even more as they think it will solve all their problems. But once a person is dead, money does not count, unless it

was used for good things such as spending on Jewish items, a Jewish lifestyle and of course giving charity. Otherwise, the money he has collected will be similar to the parable of the person who is stuck in the middle of Africa with just pounds in his pockets. He may have millions of pounds in British currency on him, but he can’t even buy a small bottle of water as he don’t have the right currency for that country. People must think not only about savings and cash ISA’s etc, but also about our grand spiritual bank account that could be waiting for us one day if we spend our time here wisely. If we sit and think clearly and realize where our life will eventually end up, perhaps

ically correct. A ‘manhole’ is now referred to as a ‘utility’ or ‘maintenance’ hole. Alas, too many people in the firing line fall prey to the madness; Rabbis included, and will be very selective or even apologetic in whatever they say - to be sure, not always by any fault of their own. The feeling among people is that they can no longer, comfortably, say what they think about things that are important to them. Still, I’m glad I got your vote even as not everyone will agree. Someone else, who doesn’t like

This Tehillim is dedicated for a refuah shelema for Shalom ben Gracia we will enable a much better experience for ourselves on the other side, Amen.

my style, dropped a “hate letter” through the offices of this paper the other day. It was even suggested that my Jewishness be checked, which might make for a great headline after 27 years in the Rabbinate. But as is typical of such cowards, there was no name signed on the letter. So whoever the letter writer is, I have no doubt you’re reading this, cringing with rage. You could always stop reading my column and lower your blood pressure, but we both know you can’t help yourself. So next time, man up – or lady up – or whatever the politically correct term is - and put your name to your malice. Then we can talk about it, man to ma… ‘er human to human. When Should I Stop Praying? Dear Rabbi, Is there ever a time we should stop praying for the healing of someone seriously ill, and pray for mercy instead? Doesn’t prayer just prolong the agony sometimes? Chaya Dear Chaya,

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There is a concept in Halacha and more so in Kabbalah about what constitutes a “point of no return.” Once the brain has stopped functioning, medical science will declare the person dead. Even as some Halachists will argue that so long as the heart beats the individual is considered to be “alive” regarding switching off life support, nonetheless the likelihood of the brain starting to function again is, short of an outright miracle, nil. The soul is clearly in the process of departing the body and as such, continuing to pray for the individual that can sometimes have the desired effect of keeping the body “going” is unfair to the soul and “nature” should at that point be allowed to take its course. Against that backdrop one should however always bear in mind that in numerous other instances, even as doctors declare that the person is not going to make it, or has three months etc. there is a famous Talmudic dictum: “Even as the sword is pressed up against your neck do not give up on Divine mercy.” Just ask the young man whose wife was told by the doctor to go home and prepare the kids for the worst. I was there. That father plays happily with his

kids today, thank G-d. Or the elderly gentleman whose daughter called me in distress because he was given three weeks to live and that would have clashed with a family chupah. I told her that the Torah gives license to a doctor to heal, not condemn. That wedding happened several years ago. The grandfather still lives on. I think that speaks for itself. Airbrushing Women Dear Rabbi, Why is it that Ultra-Orthodox newspapers and magazines refuse to put in pictures of women, or even give them the slightest bit of credit? They will even airbrush them out of other pictures. I think that’s absurd extremism. Avital Dear Avital, You know and I know there are levels and there are extremes. Precisely because it is an Orthodox paper it caters for its choice audience who prefer, for the sake of modesty at their level, not to have pictures of women in the paper. I can never quite grasp why people on opposite ends of whatever spectrum choose to criticise those on the other side. Whatever happened to live and let live? Just because you think something is OK which someone else believes, for whatever the reason that it’s not – doesn’t give you the right to criticise them. It is wrong to say that they all make no reference to women or don’t give them credit. Many do. But even those that don’t – again, it’s their standard and it is not for you and me to judge other people by our standards.

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In loving memory of Yaacov ben Shmuel “The he-goat will bear upon itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land, and he should send the he-goat to the desert” (Vayikra 16:22).

Love your fellow as yourself… this is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary by Rabbi Yoni Golker, Assistant Rabbi, St.John’s Wood United Synagogue In the second sidrah read this week, Kedoshim, we find the maxim: “Love your fellow as yourself” (Vayikra 18:18), which the great Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva labelled “a prime principle of Torah”, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary”.

The Midrash relates a parable: several people were sailing on a ship. One took out a drill and began drilling into the floor. “What are you doing?” the others asked. “Why should you care?” was the reply, “Aren’t I drilling only under my place?” This parable illustrates for us how dependent we are on each other. Our inter-connections are crucial. When going our own way and doing our own thing, like the man in the ship, we are not just affecting ourselves, we affect those around metzora us too. would also bring three animal offerings and three meal offerings.

Sidrah Summary: Tazria-Metzorah

Particularly at this time of year, during Sefirat Ha’Omer, we strive to reflect on our interpersonal 1st Aliya (Kohen) Vayikra 12:1-23 relationships. This–period, which could have been one childbirth, of excitement and anticipation of Shavuot After a lady would wait several weeks and the giving of Torah, was transformed into before bringing anthe elevation offering (olah) and a one of mourning thecompleted deaths of the of sin offering (chatat).forThis herstudents post-birth Rabbi Akiva, who did not display the appropriate purification process. leveltold of respect oneAharon another. God Moshe to and that someone who

The Scapegoat by William Holman Hunt, 1854

Sidrah Summary: Acharei Mot Kedoshim "The he-goat will bear upon itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land, and he should send the he-goat Sidrah Summary: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim to the desert" (Vayikra 16:22).

1st Aliya (Kohen) – Shemot 16:1-24 G-d speaks to Moshe after the death of two of Aharon’s sons (detailed in parashat Shemini). Moshe is told to warn Aharon, the Kohen Gadol, not to enter the Holy of Holies (Kodesh Hakodashim) area of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), except on Yom Kippur. The sidrah details the Yom Kippur service in the Mishkan: Aharon will have to bring a bull as a chatat (sin) offering and a ram as an olah (elevation) offering. The people will provide two male goats. Aharon must place lots on the two goats, designating one to be a chatat and the other to be thrown off a cliff in the wilderness (see p.4 article). Inside the Kodesh Hakodashim, Aharon will bring an incense offering (ketoret). He will also sprinkle blood from the various offerings in specific areas of the Mishkan. 2nd Aliya (Levi) – 16:25-17:7 The nation is commanded to fast on Yom Kippur. When Yom Kippur arrives, Aharon does exactly as commanded by G-d. This special service is to be repeated every year by future incumbents of his office. It is forbidden to bring an animal offering to anywhere other than the Mishkan. 3rd Aliya (Shlishi) – 17:8-18:21 It is forbidden to consume the blood of any animal (Rashi). After doing shechita (slaughter) on kosher fowl or non-domesticated animals, there is a mitzvah to cover the blood. The laws of forbidden relationships are listed, such as with close relatives, or with another’s spouse. 4th Aliya (Revi’i) – 18:22-19:14 The nation’s well-being in the Land is dependent upon adhering to the laws about forbidden relationships. This week’s second sidrah, Kedoshim, contains many mitzvot, a selection of which has been included here. We are commanded to revere our parents and to observe Shabbat. Offerings need to be eaten within their designated time. When

harvesting one’s field or vineyard, certain produce needs to be left over for paupers to take free of charge. One may not place a stumbling block in front of a blind person. 5th Aliya (Chamishi) – 19:15-32 A judge is not allowed to favour any litigant. It is forbidden to harbour hatred or to seek revenge. You shall “love your fellow as yourself” (see p.3 article). Eating the fruit of a tree during the first three years of its growth is forbidden. In the tree’s fourth year, the fruit has to be eaten in Jerusalem. It is forbidden to cut one’s skin in mourning. There is a mitzvah to stand up in the presence of a Torah scholar and an elderly person. Question: What term is used to describe the fruit of the tree during its first three years? (19:23) Answer on bottom of page 6 6th Aliya (Shishi) – 19:33-20:7 One must have accurate scales, weights and measures. There was a severe prohibition against giving one’s children over to an ancient cult called ‘Molech’. Point to Consider: Why are accurate scales, weights and measures linked to the Exodus from Egypt? (see Rashi to 19:36) 7th Aliya (Shevi’i) – 20:8-27 Cursing one’s parents is forbidden. The punishments for the forbidden relationships detailed in the 3rd Aliya (Shlishi) are listed. Keeping the laws of kashrut will enable us to remain a distinct and distinguished nation.


had the appearance of a particular type of skin A story(tzara’at) is told of Rabbihave Aryeh Levin the (d. 1969), disease would to show white concerning specificThe interpersonal mitzvah from blemish to a aKohen. Kohen would evaluate thedecide second ifofthe thisaffliction week’s sidrot, the command to and was clearly tzara’at, respect eldersthe (“ve’hadarta pnei (tameh). zaken” –If see thus rendering person impure the Vayikra Rabbi entered book shop case was19:32). unclear, the Levin Kohen wouldaquarantine in Jerusalem which also sold etrogim, just before the person in a house for seven days, after which Succot. He asked the owner where his etrog was the Kohen would re-inspect the afflicted area and and was given a box. Rabbi Levin peeked inside declare whether the person was tameh or tahor for a second, closed it up and went on his way. (pure). A young boy ran after the Rabbi. When he Question: what were thethe three of him blemish reached the bus stop, boytypes asked why called? Answerthe on etrog bottom page 6. he had(13:2) not checked forof a longer time.

2nd Aliya (Levi) – 13:24-39 It Rabbi was also possible for tzara’at develop from a Levin answered, “Theretoare two mitzvot that Tzara’at require hidur (beautification): is or etrog burn. could erupt on the one scalp on and the the other showinga respect to elders. For these beard area,iscausing loss of hair. two mitzvot the Torah uses the word hadar, 3rd Aliya (Shlishi) – 13:40-54 meaning you must beautify, or go above and A slightly different form of tzara’at is detailed, beyond. I am now running to the nursing home to which caused a more substantial loss of hair. A bring dentures for an old man there whose teeth metzora (one whodeteriorated. has been contaminated witha have completely He needs to eat tzara’at) sent of the and had to proper was dinner; if I outside don’t make it incamp time he will once tear his/her garments (see p4 article). Tzara’at again be forced to eat bread dipped in milk. This could also infect clothing. A suspected garment is also hidur mitzvah!” was quarantined before the Kohen made a decision about whether it was tameh. If it was declared tameh, the garment was burnt.

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. Rabbi Aryeh Levin (d. 1969) Haftarah From the Book of Melachim (Kings II), the haftarah 4th Aliya (Revi’i) – 13:55-14:20 In memory of Harav Yitzchak Yoel ben Shlomo Halevi takes places upon the background of the long3 The Torah details the process through which a siege and ensuing famine of the Shomron area metzora purified himself/herself after the period (Samria) by the King of Aram. Four metzora’im of isolation and the healing of the affliction. This were put outside the city gates because of their involved a Kohen taking two birds, cedar wood, affliction. They discovered and reported that the a crimson thread and hyssop. The Kohen would Arameans had actually left their camp, which slaughter one of the birds and – using the wood, thread and hyssop together in a bundle – sprinkle allowed the Jews to plunder the camp and thus In memory of Harav Yitzchak Yoel ben Shlomo end Halevi their famine. its blood seven times on the metzora. The

Haftarah The prophet Amos rebukes Israel for being no better than the Pelishtim (Philistine) nation. Those who were particularly sinful will suffer the harshest punishment. But once they have died by the sword, the Davidic kingdom will return and the Land will be rebuilt.

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PointTorah to Consider: the significance of the The states what that isbefore we received cedar wood, crimson thread hyssop? (see the Torah on Mount Sinai: “theand nation camped Rashi to 14:4) to the foot of the mountain there” referring The commentaries make note (Shemot 5th Aliya19:2). (Chamishi) – 14:21-32 ofA the fact thatwho the word nationthree camped” is metzora could“and notthe afford animal written in animal the singular offeringsuncharacteristically could instead bring one offering, This and is because conjugation. one meal offering two birds.the Children of Israel had achieved a perfect unity at that time. It 6th Aliya (Shishi) 14:33-15:15 was because of –that that they merited to Tzara’at affected houses. The house owner receive thealso Torah. would report the suspicious signs to a Kohen. The house would be evacuated before the Kohen’s This is the meaning behind Rabbi Akiva’s arrival. If the Kohen saw a deep green or deep red statement “Love your fellow as yourself; this is a ‘affliction’, he in would order the to in be major principle the Torah”. As house displayed quarantined for a week. HeLevin, would then practice by Rabbi Aryeh it is re-inspect a major the house.because If the affliction the infected unityhadisspread, a prerequisite principle stones be removed replaced. If the to the would fulfilment of our and destiny as Jews, afflictionwhich nevertheless returned, house would we would not the have merited without bereceive demolished. However, if replacing the stones to the Torah. solved the problem, the Kohen would declare the house tahor (pure). The Torah lists specific discharges that would cause a man to be considered tameh, and details the purification procedure.


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all have a chance to seize the day, to take the opportunity to make a difference. That is the real definition of ‘Jewish Time’, not starting a simcha 15 minutes late. Like2018 the ish 26 APRIL itti of Yom Kippur, when our moments of Jewish Time arrive, we must be ready to seize them without delay.



In memory of Yehuda ben Yaakov HaCohen

There is a deeper element to the relationship There is a deeper element to the relationship between Yom Kippur and time, as revealed in the between Yom Kippur and time, as revealed in the Bein Adam Lechaveiro Part 31: The Ramban’s Letter first of this week’s sidrot. There is a mysterious, first of this week’s sidrot. There is a mysterious, unnamed individual who was critical to the (Igeret HaRamban) V unnamed individual who was critical to the observance of the Yom Kippur Temple service by Rabbi Daniel Fine, Community Rabbi, Stanmore & Canons Park United observance of the Yom Kippur Temple service every year. Pre-designated before Yom Kippur Synagogue every year. Pre-designated before Yom Kippur and referred to as the “ish itti”, meaning ‘the and referred to as the “ish itti”, meaning ‘the timely man’, his task was to lead the goat that We have been studying “Once you have distanced yourself from anger, timely man’, his task was to lead the goat that would be sent away into the desert over a rocky the Letter of the Ramban the quality of humility will enter your heart. This would be sent away into the desert over a rocky cliff (Vayikra 16:21). (Igeret HaRamban), which radiant quality is the finest of all admirable traits, cliff (Vayikra 16:21). was sent by the Ramban because ‘Following on from humility comes the on the grounds of was G-d’ selected (Mishlei/Proverbs 22:4)”. of his skill at (Nachmanides d. 1270) to fearHe He was selected of his skill at time-keeping. When the moment arrived to fulfil his on sonthein grounds Catalonia in the hisdoes task,a lack he had to belead on to time and under no How of anger humility? time-keeping. When the moment to fulfil 13th century. Last arrived week we his task, he had to be onontime and under no circumstances could he delay, as the Kohen commented the Ramban’s First, anger can not be caused an over-inflated Gadol could proceedbywith the rest of the circumstances delay, the Kohen opposition to anger.could Let ushe clarify this as further. sense of self; therefore itshad negation will naturally service until the ish itti completed his task. Gadol could not proceed with the rest of the lead to humility. Yet, as Rabbi Michoel Gourarie Theservice Rambam (Maimonides d. 1204) speaks until the ish itti had completed his task. about four fundamental elements in a person’s (a contemporary scholar in Sydney, Australia) spiritual makeup, two of which are associated explains, there is another layer. We can with water and fire. Some people are naturally generally choose to control one of two things. In memory of Chaya Rachel bat Moshe Ben-tzion calm and tranquil. They have the ‘water’ trait. Either we can feel that we can control the situation, or we can let go of that control and In memory of Chaya Rachel bat Mosheviewing Ben-tzion Water represents relative stagnancy; water, such as a nice sea view, can also be instead decide to control our responses to the calming. For such a person not to get angry may situation. not be a great challenge – it is simply part of The first way can be a major cause of stress, their makeup. The Rambam recommends because one cannot really be in control of developing this trait to help avoid anger. Yet he outside factors. Stuck in traffic on the way to is not asking us to become apathetic. an important meeting, we could panic and The opposite trait to water is fire. Fire represents become irate if we think we are in control of the passion and movement. Unlike water, fire situation. Being able to let go, to relinquish outgrows its container. The ideal, according to control of the situation and instead simply the Rambam, is for a person to combine fire and take charge of that which we can control – our water; to be passionate and excited, yet to also response – can reduce stress, for it returns control to a manageable area. control and direct such passions.

For example, Rabbi Yisrael Salanter (d. 1883) said that it was important on occasion to display anger when disciplining children. For instance, if a child runs into the street towards oncoming traffic, a nice hug and a “would you mind not doing that again” might not be effective. However, Rabbi Salanter was very careful only to ‘show’ anger and not to be angry on the inside; he would mutter under his breath the words “anger of the face but not anger of the heart” whenever admonishing a child.

Removing anger acknowledges a reduced sense of control over all situations. If we can relinquish, let go, and focus on our response to situations then we will have both removed anger and developed humility, a sense that we are not expected to control everything.

The Chacham Tzvi

by Rabbi Z M Salasnik, Former Rabbi of Bushey and District United Synagogue Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ashkenazi, known as the Chacham Tzvi, died in 1718. The 300th anniversary of his death was last week. He was born between 1656 and 1660 in Moravia, into a Rabbinic family that had fled from Vilna during the Khmelnytzki massacres. The family subsequently moved to Alt-Ofen (Budapest). In the mid-1670s, he studied in yeshiva in Salonica. After staying in Belgrade and Constantinople, he returned to Alt-Ofen and married. In 1686, his wife and baby daughter were tragically killed in a bombardment by European Christian forces. Bereaved and unaware that his parents had survived and been taken captive, 4 the Chacham Tzvi moved to Sarajevo, Vienna, Prague and eventually to Berlin, whose community had ransomed his parents. He married Sarah Rivka, daughter of the Rabbi of the Triple community of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbeck. He headed the Klaus (Kollel) in Altona, Denmark. In 1707, he succeeded his late father-in-law, sharing the Rabbinate with Rabbi Moshe Rothenberg. They had a disagreement about whether a chicken found after shechita to be without a heart was kosher. The Chacham Tzvi ruled that the chicken could not have lived without a heart and therefore the heart must have been lost only after the shechita, thus rendering the animal kosher. The disagreement highlighted the difficulties of the shared arrangement and the Chacham Tzvi resigned. In 1710, he became Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of Amsterdam. He left in 1713, after a major difference with the Sephardi Rabbi Solomon Ayllon over whether Nechemya Chayyun could sell his books in Amsterdam. The Chacham Tzvi viewed Chayyun as a follower of the false Messiah Shabbetai Tzvi.

Having discussed the dangers of anger, the Ramban’s letter goes on to address humility:

northern Europe, he accepted the Rabbinate of Lvov, returning to the Poland his parents had fled 70 years before. He died a few months later. Among the many halachic questions he answered were a few about Britain: In 1693, he was asked if the British coastline was a wall high enough to be considered a natural eruv, enabling carrying on Shabbat. He ruled that it was not, arguing that everywhere in the world is ultimately enclosed by coastlines; if the coastline was an eruv, why was there ever a need for a manmade eruv? When asked later about a smaller area, The Hague, he ruled that the canal walls did create a natural eruv. A decade later, Chacham David Nieto, Rabbi of Sephardi community, gave a sermon that was (deliberately) misunderstood. To a crowd who believed in G-d, but understood phenomena as natural, Chacham Nieto explained that what is called Nature is G-d. Opponents accused him of following the heretic Spinoza and others who thought that G-d does not direct the world. The lay leadership asked the Chacham Tzvi his opinion. He replied that the sermon was correct and not heretical.


Although the Chacham Tzvi did not accept a position in London, he was a grandfather of British Chief Rabbis. Tzvi Hirsch Levin (Hart Lyon), Rabbi of the Great Synagogue (1758-1764) was a grandson. His son, Solomon Hirschell, was Chief Rabbi (1802-42). Meshulam Solomon, son of Rabbi Yaakov Emden, the Chacham Tzvi’s eldest son, was rival Chief Rabbi to Hart Lyon’s successor, David Tevele Schiff, until 1780. Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is from the Frumkin family, who have a written tradition of descent from the Chacham Tzvi.

The Chacham Tzvi then visited London briefly, but declined a position. After travelling through Answer: orlah

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Would YOU benefit from free access to Best Doctors? rather expensive oversight ! 2. Critical Illness cover – providing a lump sum on diagnosis of a specified illness.

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PART 1 OF 2 In the next 2 weeks, I will share with you some important information about two potentially life-saving benefits available to you when you take out protection (minimum c. £5/month). Part 1 – Best Doctors Family protection tends to be focussed on three key products. 1. Life cover – providing either a lump sum or an income on the death of the life assured. One of the cardinal sins I frequently come across when reviewing someone’s life cover is that the plan has not been put in trust. As a result, should there be a need to make a claim on the plan, the insurer will pay the sum assured into someone’s estate, potentially add to their beneficiary’s inheritance tax liability. A

3. Income protection – providing regular and potentially long term income in the event an individual is unable to work through illness or disability. With respect to selecting an appropriate protection plan, price is always going to be a key factor in any recommendation process. However, it is far from the only consideration these days. A competent adviser would discuss the added value benefits that now come with each provider and their respective plans. Such added value benefits include counselling services, hospitalisation benefit, career support services, legal services and rehabilitation services. However in my opinion there is one particular benefit, offered by only a couple of providers that trumps the others and provides you and your family with an outstanding and potentially life-saving benefit. Best Doctors Best Doctors is a ‘second medical opinion service’ that gives policy holders and their immediate family the information they need to help ensure they get the right diagnosis, treatment and care. As the name implies, the service offers policyholders access to a second medical opinion service from one of the best experts around the world in their particular area of medical need. Founded over 25 years ago by professors from Harvard Medical School, Best Doctors is a worldwide network of over 53,000 leading medical specialists across 450 specialities. These experts are identified through the medical profession’s largest ongoing peerto-peer survey. Every two years, doctors in the survey are asked, if they or a loved one needed a doctor in a certain speciality, who would

they choose? The top 5% of those recommended make it onto the Best Doctors list. Doctors are not paid for being on the list – nor do doctors pay Best Doctors to be on the list. The second opinion service is available on a wide variety of conditions including major trauma, burns, stroke, renal failure, organ transplants, heart, eye, hearing, speech, lung and bone disorders, diseases of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. It can also provide support for other conditions causing major discomfort or interference with a healthy and productive life such as migraines or skin diseases. How does the service work ? 1. You make a single call to the Best Doctors helpline. 2. Best Doctors will gather your medical information. One of Best Doctors’ medical professionals will be assigned to your case and will work with you throughout the process. They will identify the medical issues, collect your relevant medical records, and support and update you during the entire process. 3. Best Doctors will analyse your


medical information. Best Doctors’ panel of doctors will analyse all the information gathered and identify the key medical issues affecting you. They will create a summary which will include your medical history, pertinent medical records and any additional questions they may have. 4. Best Doctors will then allocate you the most appropriate expert Best Doctors will use this summary to identify the most appropriate specialist to review the diagnosis and treatment of the particular condition. 5. Best Doctors recommend diagnosis and treatment The Best Doctors’ specialist will review the summary and supporting materials including pathology, MRIs etc., which have been supplied by Best Doctors. They will then use their expertise and experience to compile a detailed report with their diagnosis and treatment recommendations. 6. Second Opinion report and follow up The report will be sent to you to share with your treating doctor. The Best Doctors’ medical professional who was assigned to you at the beginning of the process will

contact you to review and discuss the details and answer any questions you may have. The entire process will often take less than 7 days to report back to you. You might think you are in good hands already so is this service really necessary ? Approximately 30-35% of the cases that are put before Best Doctors end up with recommended changes to either the diagnosis, treatment or care the patient is receiving. Besides what person potentially about to undergo major treatment would not want or benefit from having the comfort of an expert second opinion? To illustrate the point, below is a summary of an example of a real life case study that was submitted to Best Doctors. As you can perhaps infer, these days there is more to protection than simply selecting the cheapest plan. A competent, independent financial adviser can help you navigate the array of choices ensuring you get the most suitable plan for you and your family’s circumstances.


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Top two ready for cup final battle


Oakwood A and Hendon United Sports meet in the Cyril Anekstein Cup Final at Rowley Lane on Sunday (4pm kick off). The Premier Division’s top two teams face each other in a much-anticipated showdown. Hendon are fresh from landing the title and are favourites to pick up the coveted double. “Everything has settled down since winning the title,” said player-manager Greg Corin. “We are focused on the cup final and will save any celebrations until after Sunday.” Looking ahead to the match, he commented: “I’ve played in a number of cup finals and my approach will be one of trying to be relaxed. “It’s a big game for the team but you have to prepare as normal, I don’t want to add extra nerves by over-dramatising the fixture. “I’m quite relaxed in my persona and will try transfer that to the team. Although I’m sure there will be nerves, when we start the game you need good nerves and to be

focused on the job at hand.” Corin added: “We’ve beaten Oakwood in big games before, which might give us a psychogical edge but it’s a one-off game so anything can happen in a cup final but we are well equipped. “A number of our players have won a significant number of trophies in the last 10 years playing Jewish football. “We might tinker with the team, we’ll wait and see, no final decision has been made. But I expect Oakwood to have a stronger team out than we’ve faced this season. “They are a great bunch of guys and very competitive, however I believe that if we concentrate on our own game then we have the players to out-play them. “I am quietly confident that we can do the business of Sunday.” For Oakwood, it’s a case of fourth time lucky if they are to succeed. Peter Morrison Trophy runners up twice and Anekstein finalists in 2016 when North London Raiders shaded a close encounter 2-1, manager Daniel Kristall is confident

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his team can succeed. “We’re hopeful of putting our strongest side out but won’t know till the day of the game,” he said.

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“Dropping any of the lads from the match day squad will be very difficult. “Hendon won the Premier League comfortably so they are favourites. We’re underdogs, they’ve beaten us twice in the league this season, but we will use that to our advantage. “We lost to Hendon a couple of weeks ago but deserved a draw. At 1-1, we were pushing on strikers as we had to win and they were throwing on defenders for the draw. A bad mistake hurt us. “The match gave us an insight how Hendon play and we’ve learnt from that match.” Kristall added: “On Sunday, we will focus on our strengths and can take them all the way. It will be tough, but being underdogs can help us. “We view the final positively and will go out with a mind-set that we can win. It’s important to stay in the game early on and know where we can get at Hendon and cause them problems. “But we’ll have to be at our very best however can exploit them.

“We have full respect for them, they are a very good side. Hendon’s midfield is very strong, they have pace out wide and quality up front. “All the lads are looking forward to the final, we are fully aware what they have but can stop them. “We’ve been in the top-two for three consecutive seasons, we’re reaching cup finals so the club is in a great place. We’ve never won this competition, winning the final is a huge challenge and there could be no tougher game to play but it coming out on top will be a huge boost for the club.” Following the Hendon v Oakwood clash, in a double header, Faithfold B take on Temple Fortune A in the Barry Goldstein Trophy final (7.30pm kick off) Elsewhere, Maccabi London Lions White are through to the Peter Morrison Trophy final after defeating North London Raiders A 5-1. A brace from Austin LipmanandKiki Levintogether with an own goal earned a resounding win.

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Russell Corin (Goalkeeper) Part of the old guard for Hendon with a full trophy cabinet arguably the best goalkeeper this league has seen. Mordy Weiler (Left Back) Made the left back spot own. Defends brilliantly, has great energy and contributes with vital goals and assists. Ari Nevies (Right Back or Centre Back) Hard as nails and a great defender. Dudi Edreyi (Right Back or Left Back) A whirlwind debut season. A great character and talented player. Alex Rosenthal (Centre Back or Left Back) Part of Hendon for a long time. Had a few injuries this year but when fit, a great defender. Reads the game brilliantly. Josh Bentley (Centre Back or Left Back) Superb in the air and strong in the tackle, A strong competitor with a mean streak. A great character to have round the squad. Ben Lauffer (Centre Back or Centre Midfield) Majestic experienced player, reads the game and calm in possession, still a class act. Avi Korman (Centre Back or Centre Midfield) A tremendous player who wins headers, tackles, plays killer passes and scores great goals. A big contributor on and off the field. Simon Peterman (Centre back or Centre Midfield) Back from injury. A quality, experienced player. Understands the game and a real competitor. Ari Last (Centre Midfield and captain) Complete midfielder and captain fantastic.

Sets the tone with competitive nature. A born winner, anything less is unacceptable. Always performs on big occasions. Rocky Spitzer (Centre Midfield) Superb with both feet, great on the half turn, hard to mark as he plays between the lines and is superb at playing the final pass. Josh Harris (Centre Midfield or Centre Forward) A great work ethic at centre forward or in centre midfielder breaking up the play. First class at keeping the ball moving and playing the simple pass. Zac Lewis (Centre Forward) Technically out on his own in this league. Consistent, embarrasses opposition teams with his ability. A standout contender for player of the season. Yoav Kestenbaum (Forward) Glides past players, scores big goals and sets up chances with ease. A strong bet for a cup final goal. Has a great temperament and loves big games. Moses Seitler (Forward) A match winner, great character and arguably the hardest player to mark in the league. Dovi Fehler (Forward) Has natural speed off the mark. A super guy who loves scoring a goal. Greg Corin (Player-Manager) Won the league in his first season as manager. One of the most decorated players in Maccabi football winning numerous trophies over 15 years.


Joe Botchin (Goalkeeper) Enjoyed a good debut season with the Oaks, great shot stopper and has made the number one spot his own. Dean Caplin (Goalkeeper) Has stepped in this season with some strong performances. Harvey Kaye (Right Back) Competes in the toughest physical challenges. Jake Norton (Right Back) Top class overlapping full-back who loves the old ‘tackle dribble’. David Cohen (Right Back) Enjoyed an injury free season, when the whistle blows he’s like a man possessed. Lee Warner (Left Back) Fighting to be fit for the final and is rated as 50/50. Alex Lee (Centre Back) Top defender, reliable and a handful for strikers. Tom Cantor (Centre Back) Brave, no nonsense defender in excellent debut season. Dale Bradman (Centre Back) There aren’t many last-ditch tackles he won’t complete. Has made the centre half position his own, one of the most reliable players in the club. Luke Brookner (Centre Midfield) On a boggy, muddy, grassless pitch Lukey comes into his own. Tough to play against, great player to have in the ranks. Simon Davies ‘Skip’ is a really versatile player in the side, never lets the team down. Kyle Bentwood (Centre Midfield) His pre-match huddles are the stuff of legend. Pops up with goals in big matches. Rafi Stone (Centre Midfield) Calm, collected, quiet but one of the most elegant

midfielders in the league. His 60-yard ping redirects play. Ben Peppi (Centre Midfield) There isn’t a better Jewish footballer on a true surface. Tom Prais (Utility player) Available for the big game, will benefit the team. Toby Levy (Midfield or Wing Back) Amazing debut season from a key player. Great crosser, can control the middle of the park and overlaps when needed. Arguably the best delivery in the league. Josh Cuby (Left Wing) Electric paced winger, can tear opposing players to shreds. A match winner. Bradley Wine (Right Wing) Look away and he’s gone. The heartbeat of this Oaks side. An ever present who gets the side going week in week out. Zack Collins (Left or Right Wing) Tricky winger with great dribbling skills, leaves most full-backs rooted to the spot. Leor Sidle (Centre Forward) The complete leader of the line and always relied upon in big games. Sam Cantor (Forward) Reliable striker who puts in a shift for the side. David Woolman (Centre Forward) Another Yorkshire presence in the squad who constantly drives the team forward. A real club man. Jonny Quinn (Utility Player) Squad member that never lets the team down. Dan Kristall (Manager) Dedicated boss, calm and tactically astute. Looking for first cup success.

Dan’s Premier League Column BY DAN SILVER Arsene Wenger. The man who has been deemed a ‘supreme dictator’ by the Arsenal fans, had more posters of Wenger out than you would think possible and ultimately brought Arsenal football club to where it is today, has decided to leave the club after nearly 22 years in charge. It’s a bittersweet one really. Yes, the man has revolutionised the way not just Arsenal play, with flair and skill being the main objectives, but also the way many of the other teams in the Premier League have changed. 3 Premier Leagues, 7 Fa Cups and 7 Community Shields is a

pretty decent achievement all while playing with one philosophy, but it was at the end of his tenure where Wenger was subject to a barrel load of criticism. Constant 4th place finishes apparently weren’t good enough for a club with Arsenal stature yet now the Gunners can’t even get into the top 5. Whether you say it’s the players just not being good enough still doesn’t explain as to why Wenger took all this time to leave a descending club. In my opinion, he didn’t want to go with a bang but rather never leave and was essentially forced out of the club when fans stopped turning up for most games as protest.

Whether you were Wenger Out or Wenger In, Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly a legend who brought multiple successes to Arsenal over his years in charge but just didn’t know when to leave. 31 goals, 9 assists and leading his team to a Champions League semi-final isn’t too bad for a Chelsea reject. On Sunday night, Mo Salah beat another former Chelsea reject, Kevin De Bruyne, to claim his hands on the PFA Premier League player of the year. In all fairness, I can see as to why some people may believe, including Pep Guardiola, that KDB should’ve won the award as ultimately he’s been the best player in the league’s best team. But, I think the award was rightly deserved as no one could imagine how much of an impact ‘the Egyptian King’ would have at the start of the season when he arrived from Roma for £34M. The 25 year old’s 31st league goal against West Brom on Saturday, where the Baggies stood a remarkable comeback from 2 goals down to tie the game, took him alongside


End of an era: Arsene Wenger

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and one of the greatest footballers to ever grace the beautiful game, Alan Shearer, who share the record for a 38-game season. Liverpool now are focused on their Champions League campaign as they have almost definitely secured Champions League qualification for next season, but if they do eventually triumph in Europe’s biggest club competition then they’ll have Mo to thank for it. Other results include manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s focus is on chasing records after they celebrated being crowned

Premier League champions by thrashing Swansea 5-0. Ashley Barnes’ sixth goal in eight games underlined the visitors’ European credentials, but left Lambert’s side - without a win in 11 matches - four points from a position of safety with three matches left, as Stoke were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Burnley. Finally, Wilfried Zaha receives “attention he does not deserve” according to Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, despite another booking for diving in their goalless draw against Watford at the weekend.



Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

After the two sons of Aaron died in last week’s parsha, G-d warns against anybody going into the special chamber of the Miskan called the Holy of Holies. Only Aaron himself may enter, once a year, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.


Other important warnings in the Parshah of Acharei Mot is that it is forbidden to bring a korban (sacrifice), anywhere but in the Holy Temple. It is forbidden to eat blood in any way and this is why all kosher meat is salted to take out the blood, and why we check eggs for blood before using them. Kedoshim means “holy” and the Parshah of Kedoshim begins with G-d telling us: “You should be holy because I, your G-d, am holy.” But how can we be holy? By doing the mitzvot that G-d commands. The rest of Parshat Kedoshim gives us many different mitzvot through which we can be holy. Some of the mitzvot given in this Parshah are: Do not lie, do not steal, don’t swear falsely, pay your worker’s wages on time, don’t bear a grudge, don’t take revenge, don’t spread gossip about others, keep Shabbat, respect and fear your mother and father, stand up when somebody respectable comes into the room, give charity to the poor, respect the elderly, when a person gathers the wheat from his field, he should leave a corner for poor people and a very important mitzvah: “Love your fellow as yourself.”

Arts and Crafts WOODEN SPOON DOLLS You will need • • • • • • •

Wooden spoons Cupcake cases Felt tips Googly eyes Coloured thread/string Glue Scissors

Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Start by sticking the googly eyes on the wooden spoon. With felt tips draw eyebrows, a nose, mouth and any other features you want the doll to have. Fold a cupcake case in half and stick it on the middle of the spoon if you want a skirt. If you want it as a boy double fold the case and stick it for a trousers effect. Draw a line from the skirt/trousers to the bottom of the spoon and colour for feet like shown in the pictures on the right. Cut the cupcake cases and stick on as a top and make a bow tie/tie/ ribbon to add to the outfit. Cut and glue the coloured thread/string on the top of the spoon to make the desired hair style you want for the doll. Repeat by making different style dolls.


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Frozen Peanut Butter Berry Pops Ingredients:

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1/2 cup - peanut butter (all natural) 1 cup – yogurt, plain 1 cup – almond milk, unsweetened 2 tbsp– honey 1 cup – raspberries 2 cup – orange juice 1 ounce – hemp seeds (optional)


1. Blend peanut butter, yogurt, milk and honey until smooth. Pour the mixture into molds until they are filled half way or even one-third of the way. Cover and freeze for approximately one hour. 2. Next, stir together the raspberries and juice, divide among your molds and then insert the sticks. Top off the pops with some hemp seed if desired, or sprinkle hemp seeds between the layers. 3. Cover and place back in the freezer until completely frozen. This can take a few hours and up to 6-8 hours depending on how large your mold is.

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At 2pm on Tuesday, gun salutes were fired in London by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park and the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London to mark the birth of the new prince, a brother to George and Charlotte.

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday twice! Her birthday is celebrated on both April 21 — the day of her 1926 birth — and an “official birthday,” which usually takes place in either May or June and is paired with the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.

ROYAL FAMILY FACTS Prince George and Princess Charlotte are learning to speak Spanish fluently. This is because their nanny, Miss Borrallo, is from Spain.

Queen Elizabeth doesn’t need a driver’s license. She isn’t legally required to own a driver’s license or a passport!

Apparently Charles runs his 39-year-old Aston Martin (which was given as a 21st birthday gift from his mum) on bio-fuel made from surplus English wine. He also has his Jaguars, Audi and Range Rovers run on 100% biodiesel made from used cooking oil.

Prince William and Kate Middleton recognized their royal wedding fans. The couple ensured each of the 60,000 fan letters they got for their 2011 wedding received a reply.

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Africa. William carried around his late mother’s 18-carat ring in his rucksack before popping the question to Kate during a 10day trip to Kenya in October 2010. Prince Harry’s real name is Henry. His full name is Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor — Harry is just a nickname!


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Acharei Mot - Kedoshim

In a nutshell Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, G-d warns against unauthorized entry into The Kodesh HaKedashim (The Holy of Holies). Only the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), may go in once a year, on Yom Kippur to offer the ketoret to G-d. Another thing done on Yom Kippur is that two goats are taken and a lottery is made. One goat is offered to G-d and the second one, to “azazel”,

is sent to the wilderness to atone for the sins of the Jews. The Parshah of Acharei also warns against bringing korbanot (animal or meal offerings) anywhere but in the Holy Temple, forbids the consumption of blood, and details the laws prohibiting incest and other deviant relationships. The Parshah of Kedoshim begins with the statement: “You shall be holy,

for I, the L-rd your G-d, am holy.” This is followed by many mitzvot through which the Jew sanctifies himor herself and relates to the holiness of G-d. These include: the prohibition against idolatry, the mitzvah of charity, the principle of equality before the law, Shabbat, morality, honesty in business, honour and fear of one’s parents, and the sacredness

of life. Also in Kedoshim is the dictum which the great sage Rabbi Akiva called a cardinal principle of Torah, and of which Hillel said, “This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary”—“Love your fellow as yourself.”

Which cube matches the cutout below?

Can you find the missing number below?

Spatial Awareness Exercise

Can you find the missing number below?

Which of the following cubes would the net shown form when cut and folded?






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News Bites AUSTRALIAN BOY FLIES SOLO TO BALI ‘AFTER ROW OVER HOLIDAY’ Australian police say they will review how a 12-year-old boy travelled alone to Bali after he had a row with his parents and used their credit card. The boy, from Sydney, booked flights and accommodation online after his parents decided to cancel a holiday to the Indonesian island, the family told the local Nine Network. He flew to Bali via Perth, presenting only his passport and school ID. The Australian Federal Police confirmed he had been reported missing nine days earlier after leaving home and failing to turn

up to school. They did not say how many days he was in Bali. He had used a self-service check-in terminal in Sydney to board a flight to Perth and then a connection to Bali, the Nine Network reported. The boy, identified only by a pseudonym, said he was questioned once by airline officials in Perth. “They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I am over 12 and that I am in secondary school,” he said on the A Current Affair programme. “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”

COFFEE CHAIN BOSTON TEA PARTY ‘FIRST’ TO BAN DISPOSABLE CUPS An independent coffee chain is believed to be the first in the UK to ban the sale of hot drinks in disposable cups. From 1 June, Boston Tea Party, which has 21 branches around England, will only sell hot drinks in reusable cups. Customers must either bring their own mug, buy one in store or pay a deposit on one they can return to any branch. Supermarket giant Waitrose has made a similar pledge to stop using disposable cups by autumn while Costa Coffee has vowed to improve on recycling. Boston Tea Party owner Sam

Roberts said that to carry on handing out 300,000 disposable cups a year was “senseless”. It is estimated that more than two billion disposable coffee cups are used each year in the UK, with fewer than 1% being recycled. The new plan for takeaway hot drinks, which account for £1m of the company’s annual £19.8m turnover, is the chain’s second attempt to reduce waste. Customers were previously offered a 25p discount on drinks if they brought their own cup, but only 2.8% of people took up the offer. Under the new scheme, custom-

ers who forget their reusable cup can buy one in store for between £4.25 and £4.75. Alternatively, they can pay a deposit on a loan cup and return it when finished.

VODAFONE RATED WORST MOBILE PROVIDER BY WHICH? SURVEY Vodafone has been rated the worst mobile phone provider for the seventh year running in an annual customer survey by consumer lobby group Which?. The other leading providers, EE, 02 and Three, also scored badly, with service judged “average” and “disappointing”. Of the small providers, Utility Warehouse ranked highest for val-

agent that she had just received it from the airline and asked whether she should throw it out or eat it. Instead the agent handed her a $500 fine. “He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t really get why he was asking that question, and

then he said ‘It’s about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500’,” she told KDVR-TV, adding that she wanted to take the case to court. “It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” Ms Tadlock added.

tomer satisfaction scores jumping 13 points from last year to their best ever level.”


WOMAN ‘FINED $500 OVER FREE DELTA AIR LINES FLIGHT APPLE’ A woman says she is facing a $500 (£357) fine from the US customs agency after a free apple she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag. Crystal Tadlock, travelling to the US from Paris, said she was saving the fruit for her onward flight to Denver. But the apple was found in a random search by US border agents after her first flight landed in Minneapolis. US Customs and Border Patrol would not comment on the case, but said all agricultural items should be declared. The apple was handed out in a plastic Delta Air Lines bag. Ms Tadlock said she did not remove it from the bag, and instead put it in her baggage for the second part of her journey to Denver, Colorado. When the apple was found, Ms Tadlock told the border

ue for money, incentives and customer service. Vodafone said improving services for customers was a top priority and it had been working hard to address the issue. It said in a statement: “These findings published by Which? really don’t match up with what our customers are telling us, with our own, independently verified cus-

A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it’s reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China in the city of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province, has decided to introduce a “500-gram grenade toss” to its track and field event in May. One teacher, Li Jiangxi, told the paper that the school had noted the earlier reluctance of students to take part in annual javelin and discus contests. However, after the school decided to replace these contests with the grenade toss, Ms Li said that there had been a surge of interest. “Students rushed to sign up,” she said. “Some came late and didn’t qualify; they seemed really disappointed.” The paper says that the idea originally came from a student called Wu Jianhang, who had written to the school headmaster, suggesting the new activity. “He told reporters that he liked


throwing items; however, when he signed up for the sports event last year, he found that javelin and discus did not suit him,” China Youth Daily says. According to the Global Times daily, students will be throwing weighted replicas of a Type 23 projectile, a wood-handled grenade based on the distinctive German World War Two Stielhandgranate, or stick grenade. It was later adapted by the Chinese military.



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The Waves of War


BY CHAYA SANDLER Recap: Hamish and the Princess form an uneasy truce until they can get back to either of their ships, or dry land. When they climb out of the cave however, their boats have been smashed to pieces.

Princess Myra watched as Hamish swam towards her once again, more pieces of wood in his arms. He dumped them next to her, in an ever growing pile of sodden, smashed, splintered wood. Eventually he must have decided he’d gathered enough, for he stopped and tilted his head on the side. He glanced at her, quizzically then shook his head. Then he glanced up again, his cheeks reddening. “Yes?” “Um… I could make a raft but I need rope.” “I don’t have rope, do you see any rope on me? Do you think I’m hiding it under my dress?” “Well, not so much under… more like in” She gave him one of those glares that could conquer a kingdom. “Look, we could die here or you could let me have your cloak. I know it’s a tough choice but I’m sure whatever you decide will be just fine.” “Are you insulting me, you peasant!?” She poured scorn into the low growl of her voice. Hamish felt the red in his cheeks recede into his vision. He was fed up with people lording it over him, of people treating him as lower than the dirt on his shoes. She may be a princess but she had no chance in life. No, it was people like him who could survive. She could rule the dead all she wanted but without him she’d never make it in the land of the living. “Peasant, my lady? Your royal

high and mightiness, I am ever so sorry but without this peasant you’re as good as dead. So watch your words.” The princess was not used to being treated like this. She felt anger well up in her, along with disdain, disgust and also despair. (The genteel are trained in eloquence, she even thought in alliteration.) Like the waves beside her, her annoyance peaked and rescinded. “I’m sorry. I’m just… it’s hard.” She sat down heavily. Hamish didn’t quite know what to do. A moment ago he had been prepared to pummel her, now he felt he should hug her. She looked so… vulnerable, pitiful. “My kingdom is about to fall. The siege has taken its toll, my father cannot last much longer. My brother and most of the army are lost…. Wherever I go I shall be a stranger, a wanderer.” “I, er, I’m sorry.” He cleared his throat awkwardly. “So the, er coat?” She handed it over and he attempted to impressively construct a makeshift raft. Instead he managed to tie his foot to his elbow and wrap the other end around his head. This meant that when he tried to stand up, the silk strands constricted and he ended up tumbling down into the ocean with a large splash. At least he cheered her up. Eventually he constructed something somewhat sea-worthy. “Here, sturdy as a rock.” He stamped his foot down on the raft and a piece splintered off. She raised her eyebrows at him. The left hand corner of her lips twitched. “Indeed.” ---------------The boy was beginning to creep her out a bit. He kept falling off into the water, hitting himself in the head

with their makeshift oar , tripping onto his face and the lizard….. it was like it was used to him, she could almost swear it rolled its eyes. ---------------------“A sailor’s life is the life for me,” Hamish belted out heartily. Life was good, he was pretty sure he was actually impressing someone for the first time in his life. The princess definitely found him impressive. No doubt about that. Sure he’d fallen in a couple of times and tripped over a bit, but he didn’t think she’d noticed. Oh and when he talked to Hamish he could see her staring in amazement. Must be his high level of speech. Now, wait until she heard this song. Mama always told him he had the voice of a nightingale. Or was it a raven? Whatever, it’s all the same thing anyway. ---------------------------He was singing. He was actually singing. In the middle of the ocean. He sounded terrible. He didn’t know how much longer she could take this. And the awkward way he stood, she wasn’t sure what he was doing, but it was some sort of exercise, he was holding his leg in mid-air and leaning onto it. He was wobbling like a flag in a gale. What was he doing?! -------------------------She loved his voice! He just knew it, that crazy glint in her eyes


told him how desperate she was for his purring pipes. And when he stopped, she sighed! She didn’t want it to end. Now he was trying the Cap’s trick. “Standing like this looks authoritative boy. This pose says, I own the world, look at my kingdom – the 7 seas!” True it was intended to be done when on a ship that had railing that one could lean one’s leg on, but no matter, surely the acrobatics enhanced the effect. ----------------------------------She was pretty sure he had no idea what he was doing, but she was sure Hamish didn’t either. He obviously had no idea how to hold a compass, or read the stars. He made up some ridiculous story about constellations. Did he think she was an idiot? Besides which, he was so obviously panicked and terrified when she had asked. He was a terrible liar. Heaven help us now. -------------------------------Hamish wasn’t entirely sure how to read the compass. But the princess had no way of knowing that. He put on a really convincing show. She thought he was a seasoned seaman. When she asked him about the constellations, at first he’d panicked. Then he realised that most stories behind the constellations were myths and glorified fairy tales. He could make them up and she’d be none the wiser. He’d quickly regained his composure and smoothly and lied like a pro. Yep, he looked cool, calm, in control. But he had no clue what to do. Heaven help them now. Just when the princess was about to give up, Hamish yelled “LAND!” Land it was, but not unoccupied, and not friendly. TO BE CONTINUED


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Travel News Roundup

Israel hosts cycle tour

stages of the Giro d’Italia, beginning with an individual time trial in Jerusalem. Leading the Sky Team will be Tour de France winner Chris Froome. The route has been chosen to symbolize peace and fraternity, and to demonstrate that sport can build bridges between communities, nations and religions of the world. Starting with the opening ceremony in Jerusalem on May 3, and concluding three weeks later in Rome, the 2018 edition of the Giro d’Italia promises to be truly memorable. The race has three stages in Israel. The opening 9.7km time trial on Friday, May 4 will shape the overall classification and perhaps even see Froome immediately in the pink jersey. It is followed by stages for the sprinters to Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Eilat, with time bonuses ensuring some very close racing. No time for the views but a huge welcome at the city centre airport, probably the last major event before its closes

For the first time in cycling history, a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe, with Israel hosting the first three

Sanhedrin trail and Tel Aviv walk In honour of Independence Day, the Israel Antiquities Authority has

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opened the Sanhedrin Trail – a unique interactive trail prepared and excavated by young people, and presented to the country to celebrate 70 years of independence, symbolically 70km long and passing sites associated with the 70 members of the Great Sanhedrin. These scholars recorded the Mishnah and Talmud during their 290 years in the Galilee following the Bar Kochba revolt against Rome in 135 CE. The Great Sanhedrin originally sat on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. A visitors’ centre is being built in Tiberias to give the public an opportunity to better understand the project and participate in the excavations while getting to know the city’s ancient heritage. If the 70km of the Sanhedrin Trail is a bit too long for you a new must-see tourist attraction opens this month in honour of Independence Day – an interactive 1km walking route which is illuminated at night. The trail is free of charge, and visitors can experience the unique route using a mobile app, where interactive information will appear at each historical spot. Courtesy guided English tours will depart from the information centre on Rothschild Blvd. 11.00am every Friday and

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Hikers on the Sanherdin Trail will have an augmented reality app

Saturday at 16:00pm until the end of May. Was Christopher Columbus Jewish? This is one of the talks given by Dr. Henry Abramson on a fully Kosher river cruise 29 July to 9 August along the Douro River from and back to Porto. An important maritime port and commercial town, Porto was one of the main cities where Jews settled in Portugal. The history of the Jewish community of the capital of the northern region is inseparable from

the history of the Hebrew presence in Portugal. From rolling vineyards to grand historic structures, magic waterscapes to endlessly engaging vistas, the Douro is a special river. And when you have done your seven nights on the five-star MS Douro Serenity take the train to Lisbon. No problems with the clock, as Portugal times itself the same as Britain, and flights are a plenty. And as for Christopher Columbus the answer was that he was probably not Jewish, but had a lot of Jewish friends. He could read Hebrew too.

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RACHEL CREEGER Being an orthodox Jewish woman, and a stand-up comedian may not be an obvious combination, but Rachel Creeger has managed to find the right balance, and it is this dual identity that inspired her debut stand-up show, ‘It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl’.

Rachel Creeger

The show explores her Jewish identity growing up in Essex, and how throughout her life, she has had to tackle being part of two different worlds. She describes the show as being about fitting in, and belonging.“It is quite a personal show. I talk about my own family, particularly my grandparents who also had to find a way of ‘fitting in’ as immigrants from Eastern Europe to Britain.” Rachel’s road to comedy has been an interesting one, having had a somewhat varied career path which has included being a dental nurse, a social worker, and even a one-time popstar in an orthodox all-girl band, ‘Kol Sheva’. Her passion for performing started at a young age, and was very much influenced by her own family. As she explains, “My dad’s family were very funny, and this is probably where I get it from. I remember how on Shabbat

afternoons, everyone would sit around and tell jokes, and I think that is where I learnt the most about comedic timing. Many of my family and friends are now worried to say or do anything in front of me, in case they end up as material in my next show!” As well as being a performer, Rachel is also a prolific writer and director of award winning theatre through her company, Time2Shine Productions. She explains, “I’ve been a writer pretty much as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil, and have been involved in a whole variety of things from plays to blog posts, as well as teaching creative writing to adults and kids. I really enjoy being able to develop my writing in so many areas.” Over the years, through the various productions she has worked on, she has a huge collection of props and costumes which they hire out for shows and events with 10% of the hire fee going to GIFT, which helps those within the local community in need. She also hires costumes for Purim, with 100% of all profits going to the charity. She also runs a monthly comedy night held upstairs at the Adam and Eve pub in Mill Hill, which she often compered, but the move into becoming a fullfledged stand up is a much more recent thing, and the idea for writing her own show and taking it to the Edinburgh festival came about through what she calls ‘a

perfect storm’ of events. When a comic friend introduced her to someone as a comedian, Rachel wasn’t sure how to react. She recounts, “My immediate response when he said that was to say ‘Well, not really...’. My friend asked me afterwards why I always said that? Other friends in the industry had also begun challenging me on the same subject, and asking why I don’t take myself more seriously (ironic as a comedian!) It was only when another comic sat me down and said ‘enough already’ that I started thinking that maybe I could actually do it”. When Rachel finally revealed her comedic intentions to friends and family, she was a little taken aback by their response. She explains, “I thought everyone would be really surprised, but I think they were just more surprised that it had taken me so long to make the leap.” Having the support of her friends, and family has made a real difference, and she is especially grateful for all the encouragement from her husband, Mark has given her. “Whenever we went to see comedy performers, Mark would always said “One day, that’ll be you!”, and this year it actually was.” Although she had previously been to the Edinburgh festival as a writer, director and performer, doing this as a solo show was something that she was excited to do. “The show was the culmination of a lot of hard work. I was fairly convinced that only a handful of people would come to see it, but it was amazing to see the venue packed out day after day.” Before taking the show to

Edinburgh, Rachel did a number of preview gigs around the country to help her develop and work on her material. As part of this she performed at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival where she won Best Comedy Award, which was a great achievement and boosted her confidence for her debut Edinburgh debut. As she explains, “As a modern Orthodox woman, receiving recognition as a stand-up comedian from both within the Jewish world, as well as the wider community means a lot to me, and shows that even though my show is unashamedly Jewish, there are subjects within it that everyone can relate to. Part of the challenge when performing is being able to make my material accessible to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, but I think that my comedy is really about issues that we all share, no matter what our background.” For Rachel, her Judaism has always been very important to her, and is very much part of who she is both on and off stage. “Being Jewish and being in this kind of industry can be tricky. It means turning down gigs if they are on Shabbat, which can be hard especially when you are trying to establish yourself, but that’s just part of who I am, and I hope people respect me for what I believe.” During her time in Edinburgh over the summer, she ensured that she was able to keep Shabbat and Kashrut, even whilst sharing a flat. “My flatmates understood that I did things a little differently, but they were really cool with it, and didn’t mind sharing challah or

rugelach with me on Shabbat. She is very much involved in her local community, and also visits various shul communities as a guest speaker, which is something that she really enjoys. She has also been involved in speech writing, often helping bat mitzvah girls to write their Dvar Torah, giving advice on not only what to say, but the best way to present it. Whilst she doesn’t want her Judaism to be her whole ‘schtick’, Rachel recognises that she is still a bit of a novelty within the mainstream comedy circuit. “There are not many acts out there that look like like me, but I think being a bit different can only be a good thing, and helps to break down stereotypes and assumptions.” Due to popular demand, ‘It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl’ will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer and continuing to tour the UK until the end of this year. Rachel is currently working on her next show which will launch in 2019. For up to date information please visit 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

TIPS AND TRICKS – SALAD DAYS Jewish Weekly aims to source the most genius, time saving and useful hacks for you every week, so watch this space! Now that the weather is (possibly) getting a little warmer, it’s definitely salad season. Here are a few tips to help you in the kitchen, so you can get back out in the sunshine: Longer lasting lettuce – Want to avoid your lettuce going soggy? Put washed lettuce in a glass bowl in the fridge and cover with paper towel to absorb any excess water, and keep your lettuce fresher for longer. Save time with tomatoes – take two identical plates. Turn one face down on the worktop, and put cherry or baby plum tomatoes on the base of the upside down plate. Put the other plate right side up on top of the tomatoes. Hold the plate with

one hand and with the other cut between the two plates with a sharp knife (mind your fingers!) You will have a whole load of perfectly cut tomatoes ready for eating. No more tears - don’t get weepy when cutting onions with this simple trick. Justput a stainless steel spoon in your mouth before you start chopping and you should be fine. You can also try this with a piece of bread too (obviously not at the same time as the spoon!)

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15 min Prep Time 30 min Cook time 45 min Duration 2-4 Servings Yoghurt is high in protein, calcium, and probiotics, which is great for your immune system. Combined with lentils and figs you get fiber and more vitamins and minerals. For best results, use a great quality extra virgin olive oil.

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup petite French green lentils • 1 bay leaf • 2 garlic cloves • Extra virgin olive oil • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black

pepper • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced • 4 cups plain whole-milk yoghurt • 1 cup dried figs, stemmed and diced • Garnish: chopped flat-leaf parsley


Simmer lentils with bay leaf and garlic in 2 cups water in a small saucepan until tender and water has been absorbed. Toss with evoo, salt, and pepper Heat a medium sauté pan, lightly coated with evoo, over medium-high heat. Sauté onion until dark brown, very soft, and fragrant. Divide yoghurt between serving bowls and arrange lentils, onion, and figs. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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4 ounces cream cheese 2 cups store-bought vanilla pudding 16 mini pastry shells 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced



Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla pudding for about 1 minute. Spoon filling into pastry shells. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

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