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Community hails friend and


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BY JUSTIN

COHEN
PRIME MINISTER Theresa
Mays arrival at Downing
Street has been welcomed
by Jewish leaders and politicians, as David Cameron was
told he would always be
welcome in our community.
The long-time home secretary entered Number 10 after
her predecessor was ap-

plauded during his final Prime


Ministers Questions and bid
farewell with his family [see
inset] before tendering his
resignation to the Queen.
In her previous role, May
was at the forefront of the
fight against terrorism and
anti-Semitism famously
holding a sign proclaiming
Je suis Juif days after the attack on a kosher supermarket
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Herzog fascist warning


ISRAELS OPPOSITION leader
has become the latest highprofile politician to say the
country is becoming increasingly fascist, after the introduction of a law targeting
organisations
supporting
Palestinian rights.
Isaac Herzog, leader of
Zionist Union, which incorporates the Israeli Labor Party, reacted after right-wingers
passed the law in its third
reading, with implications for
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that attain the
majority of their funding from
overseas.
The onerous new requirements will mean the NGOs,
many of which are critical of

Israeli government policy,


must detail and publish the
source of their funding, while
right-wing groups, which tend
to support settlement building and other measures taken
by the government, are exempt by virtue of their funding being predominantly
private.
The European Commission
said: Israel enjoys a vibrant
democracy, freedom and diverse civil society... This new
legislation risks undermining
these values.
In his most stinging criticism, Herzog said the NGO
law was indicative of the
budding fascism creeping into
Israeli society.

Charge over Berger threat


A MAN has been appeared in
court over an anti-Semitic threat
to Labour MP Luciana Berger.
John Nimmo, 28, of Moreland Road, South Shields has
been charged with sending a
message causing anxiety or
distress.
Its understood that the
message to the Liverpool Wavertree MP included an image

of a knife and a reference to


the murdered MP Jo Cox.
A police statement said:
Northumbria Police is working closely with Merseyside
Police after reports of mailicious communication to a
Merseyside MP. He appeared
at South Tyneside Magistrates
court this morning where he
was remanded until 27 July.

Minister: Incitement noted


MIDDLE EAST Minister Tobias
Ellwood has said that the
Palestinian leaderships failure
to condemn a wave of violence against citizens and soldiers in Israel has not gone
unnoticed.
Replying to Foreign Office
questions this week, Ellwood
said he had raised the response of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
at international talks in Paris
last month, as Israeli leaders
continue to blame the attacks
on incitement.
He said Ramallah needed to
make it clear that those ac-

tions must be condemned,


but instead of condemning
the murders, the Palestinian
Authority glorified them.
He added that with all the
other distractions and concerns in the Middle East, we
have lost sight of something
that urgently needs to be resolved.
Since September, 36 Israelis
and four foreign nationals
have been killed in violent attacks, many of which have
been perpetrated by Palestinians who often have no criminal record or links to terrorist
groups.

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ROYALL PLANNING TO
MAKE REPORT PUBLIC
BARONESS ROYALL is determined to make her entire
report into student anti-Semitism
at Oxford University Labour
Club (OULC) publicly available,
despite her party censoring its
publication.
The peer was tasked with
investigating allegations at
OULC after its vice-chairman
Alex Chalmers resigned in disgust in February, claiming members have some kind of
problem with Jews.
She presented the findings of
her three-month investigation to
the National Executive Committee in May.
However, controversy erupted
over the partys failure to publish
the report in full, amid claims this
gave the impression it was in
denial and had squandered a
golden opportunity.
It was hoped her findings
would comprise part of Shami
Chakrabartis broader report into
anti-Semitism in the Labour Party,

however there was no mention


of Royalls findings when the
Chakrabarti report was published
last week.
The peer told Jewish News:
My report into the Oxford University Labour Club was made
available to Shami Chakrabarti for
her findings into anti-Semitism in
the Labour Party, which was published last week. I will now consider publishing my report, in full,
in due course.
Jewish students at Oxford University have written to Jeremy
Corbyn to demand answers and
action, over the failure to publish Royalls findings in full.
In a letter signed by 43 students and alumni, they tell the
Labour leader: We have been
let down by a process that has
only served to brush the issue of
antiSemitism under the carpet.
They add that they are appalled by the failure of the
Labour Party to adequately address the alleged anti-Semitism.

Royalls report into anti-Semitism is yet to be fully released

Labour must show its hand to engage


SIMON

JOHNSON
JLC Chief Executive

EVEN AS the country has been gripped


by the post-Brexit unravelling of the political status quo, the Labour Partys continuing battle with anti-Semitism has not
escaped notice.
While the community has tried not to be
dragged into the leadership battle, the
party has an opportunity to restore confidence that decisive action will be taken to
draw out the poison of anti-Semitism. If it
shows genuine willingness and conviction,
it can rely on the support and encouragement of the Jewish community to do so.
However, as time has moved on, so
confidence in the processes the party has

instituted has dwindled. On the day the


Chakrabarti Inquiry was published, jointly
with our colleagues from the Community
Security Trust, we issued a statement calling
on the party to rapidly implement the recommendations that had been made.
Many were lost in the aftermath of
Chakrabartis press conference and, since
then, questions have been asked about
whether there is any real willingness in the
leaders office or the National Executive
Committee to implement the recommendations.
The community took at face value the
partys motivation in asking Baroness Royall to investigate serious allegations of antiSemitism within the Oxford University
Labour Club and beyond. Baroness Royall
has been proactive in her attempts to get
the report published. Nonetheless, the report remains hidden. The party needs to

make the report public to begin rebuilding


the confidence of the Jewish community
and to be seen to be willing to tackle antiSemitism.
We do not need platitudes, nor more
inquiries or calls for evidence. We need
confidence that words will be followed by
meaningful action. Failure to take action
will have consequences that leave the
party further hamstrung.
Decisive action, on the other hand, will
be welcomed as a sign that the party
remains a friend to the community and,
once again, a possible vehicle for its hopes
and aspirations.
The first step would be to see the Royall
report published in full, by a party leadership looking to engage with the community.
If the Labour Party takes proactive steps,
I know that we are all happy to ensure we
can work together in the future.

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Auschwitz bans Pokemon


The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum has banned people from playing
the hugely popular new reality game Pokemon Go on their phones
during visits because it is disrespectful on many levels. The game
uses GPS and allows players to search locations in the real world to
find virtual little creatures.

JEREMY CORBYN will likely be


recalled to face further questioning by MPs examining his
record on anti-Semitism, after
concerns were raised about answers he gave this month.
The Labour leader was questioned by the Home Affairs Select Committee on 4 July, but
may now need to return after
committee chairman Keith Vaz
received complaints from parliamentarians, including Conservative MP Tim Loughton.
Some of Corbyns answers
were inaccurate or misleading,
the complainants say, with particular queries on Corbyns relationship with Holocaust denier
Paul Eisen. Asked about his links
to the founder of Deir Yassin
Remembered, Corbyn said: I
attended some of these
events As far as I was con-

cerned, what he was doing


about Deir Yassin Remembered
was reasonable, and the events
were quite large, and a broad
range of people came to them.
He later produced these views,
with which I totally and profoundly disagreed, and I let
them know. I have not attended
anything else since.
Corbyn is understood to have
attended Deir Yassin Remembered events subsequent to
Eisens comments on the Holocaust being revealed, and MPs
will retrace the chronology.
Corbyn also said he regretted calling Hamas and Hezbollah friends and maintained
that he did not see Ruth Smeeth
MP leave the Chakrabarti Inquiry press conference in tears,
after being accused of giving
stories to The Telegraph.

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Brave Spit4Mum Sharon now


facing new leukaemia battle
A GRANDMOTHER from Kenton whose family spurred community members into registering as stem cell donors has been readmitted
to hospital after her leukaemia returned.
Sharon Berger, who celebrated her 65th
birthday only a few weeks ago, received
the devastating news last Thursday following a routine blood test.
It means that her body has not responded to the anonymous matching
donor which had seemed to have saved her
life, and now needs another transplant.
Were all in a state of shock, said her
son, Jonni, who together with his sister
Caroline spearheaded the #Spit4Mum
campaign, which led to a 1,700 percent
increase in the number of British Jews registering as donors.
Despite hearing the news last Thursday,
mum still insisted on cooking us Friday night
dinner, knowing that shed be back in hospital on Monday for weeks of treatment.
Sharon was diagnosed with acute myeloid
leukaemia three years ago, and was told
that she needed a matching stem cell donor
to save her life. Given the shared genetic
heritage of Jews, it became apparent that
this would most likely be found in the
Jewish community.
An anonymous donor was soon identified as a nine out of 10 match, and hopes
were raised when Sharon seemed to respond well to the treatment, so last weeks
news has left the family reeling.
Its always in the back of your mind that

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Sharon Berger with her granddaughter. Inset: Our 2013 story

it could come back, but we


thought we were in the clear,
said Jonni. You get used to the good
times.
Since the first transplant, Sharon has seen
the birth of her second grandchild and
enjoyed many happy times, says Jonni,
and hopes to see more in the future, but
we now need another donor, so its once
again the summer of #Spit4Mum.
Sharon is being treated in isolation at
Hammersmith Hospital and on Monday
started a six-week course of chemotherapy,

which may last longer if there are infections, but she is well aware of the publics
support.
I wrote about it on Facebook on Sunday
night, turned my computer off and went
to sleep, her son said. By the time I woke
up on Monday
morning, there
were hundreds of
messages of support. Mum has
been unbelievably buoyed by
that.
Donors must be
aged 16 or over,
and while Jonni
said he knows that
vast numbers registered in the past
three years, says
that some who
could not register
then now can, such
as those who have recently turned 16, or
those who were pregnant.
Asked how his mother was coping with
the latest setback, Jonni said: She was
shocked too, of course, and worried,
because shes fully aware of the situation
and knows how painful the side effects can
be, but shes resilient and determined.
Shes prepared for the challenge. Lets
hope the community can rise to the
challenge too.

Jewish Care reveals plans


for 22m Redbridge centre

An artists impression of the planned Jewish Care community centre

JEWISH CARE has finally


revealed
its
ambitious
22million plans for the redevelopment of Redbridge
Jewish Community Centre at
Sinclair House, with dozens
of new one and two-bedroom flats soon to be considered by the borough.
The planning application,
to be submitted next month,
will ask for dozens of independent living apartments
alongside the synagogue,
a sports hall and a connecting auditorium capable of
seating 600 people.
The apartments, which
would be available to rent
at market rate, are not
designed for those who
require intensive round-theclock care, but would be
suitable for older independent people with limited support needs, bosses say.
Jewish Care plans to borrow 14m of the 22m

needed, and to ask donors


for 4m. The organisation
has already raised 2m and
plans to raise another 2m
through the sale of land.
Building work is not
expected to begin until
2018 at the earliest, and
the charity is still exploring
whether to relocate its
services out of the centre
when work starts, or opt for
a phased programme instead, meaning that services could still be delivered
on-site, albeit on a smaller
scale.
A Jewish Care spokeswoman said: We will be
submitting a planning application next month. We hope
to secure planning by the
end of this year.
Only once we have
secured planning can we
work on fundraising and
detailed plans for this
project.

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IN FOCUS: THERESA MAY BECOMES PRIME MINISTER

SHES A FRIEND AND CHAMPION


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renewed funding for communal security
as recently as March this year.
Her commitment to the community
was underlined by her attendance at a
long-scheduled dinner at the Chief
Rabbis north London residence on
Tuesday night, just 20 hours before becoming Britains second female premier.
Saying he was delighted to have the
opportunity to give my blessings,
Ephraim Mirvis added: She has proved
herself to be a friend and champion of
our community and of other faith communities who share her values of tolerance and understanding.
Theresa May becomes prime minister at a time of great political, social and
economic uncertainty. Few people are
more talented or better qualified to
tackle these immense challenges. I recall
the speed and the sensitivity with which
she reached out to the Jewish community following the terror attacks on Jewish targets in Europe last year.
The new British leader also this week
showed her support for Holocaust education when she backed the HETs
#shapethefuture campaign. As MP for
Maidenhead, she enjoyed a close relationship with constituent and Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton and his
family, hailing the release of a Royal
Mail stamp in his honour following a
Jewish News campaign.
Sir Mick Davis, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: She has

consistently worked to support and understand the issues that affect British
Jews, and we look forward
to building on those foundations to create a strong and
enduring relationship.
Having served as the chair
of the former prime ministers
Holocaust Commission, which
will create a new memorial
and education centre in the
heart of Westminster, Davis
added: [David Cameron] is a
true friend of the Jewish people and the state of Israel; we
wish him and his family well.
Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron said the
new prime minister had been
a great friend of the community and, during her time as home secretary, the Board
of Deputies has had a very positive and
close relationship with her. We look forward to that relationship continuing and
wish her every success.
Messages of congratulations also
came from world leaders including Benjamin Netanyahu. May, who made her
first visit to the country in 2014, hailed
the countrys tech prowess during an
address to Bnei Akivas Yom Haatzmaut
celebration at Kinloss. And in the wake
of the Gaza conflict pledged: No democratic government could, in the face of
such danger, do anything but maintain
a strong defence and security capability
and be prepared to deploy it if neces-

Main: Theresa May outside 10 Downing St. Left: with a Sir Nicky Winton stamp.
Right: Holding a Je Suis Juif sign aloft in the wake of January 2015s terror attacks

sary. That is why I and the whole


British government will always defend
Israels right to defend itself. At a time
of heightened fears in the community,
she also held meetings with community

leaders including from the CST and


pledged there is no place for antiSemitism, whatever forms it takes.
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Gurd said: Theresa is a long-standing
friend of Israel and the UKs Jewish
community, with a proven track-record
in combating anti-Semitism.
This represents an exciting new
chapter in the UK-Israel relationship
and CFI looks forward to working with
Theresa to further strengthen the relationship between the UK and Israel.
Paul Charney, chairman of the Zionist Federation UK, said: Theresa May
has shown herself to be a committed
and conscientious friend to both Israel
and Jewish communities in the UK. We
have no doubt that should the safety
of either come under threat, she will
stand firm in our defence.

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Calm and composed. Thats Theresa A battled-hardened prime minister


BY ERIC

PICKLES, MP
Former Communities Secretary

IT WAS a sunny afternoon on 22 May 2013,


when my views on Theresa May truly crystallised. I was thinking about leaving London for
home when I received a text from my office to
say there was a serious incident in Woolwich,
with a soldier down, possibly fatally. COBRA, the
ad hoc committee that meets during emergencies was about to be convened could I attend?
The prime minister was in France meeting the
countrys president, and most of the governments senior ministers were out of the capital.
I arrived to find that it was just me, Theresa, the
top brass and some junior ministers present.
The tragic death of Fusilier Lee Rigby is now a
sad, familiar event to us all. But in those first few
minutes and hours after the attack no one knew
what we faced. The fear that another attack was
imminent hung around the room. The prime minister was on his way back, but decisions needed
to be taken immediately. So the home secretary
took charge.
She was calm, exact in her instructions and
completely unflappable. Her authority was considerable and a source of reassurance to all in the

room. Plans for all eventualities were put in place


for David Camerons return. Thats Theresa.
It is through her experience as home secretary
that Theresa has such a deep understanding of
the seriousness of the threat radical Islam poses
to the UK, Israel and wider international community. It will not be one that she takes lightly.
Theresa saw how terrorism affects Israel during
her first visit to the country in the summer of
2014 when the bodies of the three Israeli
teenagers kidnapped by Hamas were found. She
personally saw how deeply the sad events affected the country and was absolute in condemning the act of terror, vowing that Britain stands
with Israel. As a politician not known for hollow
platitudes, Israel can rest assured that a UK led
by Theresa will be there in its moments of need.
One of the constants throughout Theresas political career has been her strong relationship with
the Jewish community. Addressing Bnei Akivas
Yom Haatzmaut event last year, she asserted that
the safety of the Jewish people can never be
taken for granted and without its Jews, Britain
would not be Britain. She backed up these
words by committing 11million to protect Jewish schools, synagogues and cultural centres.
As parliamentary chairman of Conservative
Friends of Israel, I look forward to working with
Theresa and building on the already strong relationship between our two great countries.

BY JAMES

SORENE
Chief Executive, BICOM

EVENTS IN Britain over the past three weeks have


made Israeli politics look dull by comparison.
After another lightning few days, Theresa May has
emerged triumphant from the smouldering wreckage of post-Brexit government and an extraordinary Conservative Party leadership contest. The
manner in which she steered calmly through the
political minefield of the past few months is a
good indication of her considerable abilities as a
tough strategist not given to hyperbole or hyperactivity. She is focused on getting the job done.
Her main priority, after her fast-track journey to
Number 10, will be to appoint a cabinet and get
on with the messy negotiations to implement
the result of the EU referendum. In a campaign
speech in Birmingham on Monday, she set out her
own brand of conservatism with nods to tackling
social inequality, corporate greed and sky-high
house prices.
On the more specific question of how she will
differ from David Cameron on Israel and the Middle East, there are a few interesting insights. As
home secretary, she has demonstrated extensive
and warm support for the Jewish community in

word and deed. In a 2015 Yom Haatzmaut speech


she said: If the Jewish community is not secure
then our national fabric is diminished. She
understands deeply the threat to the Jewish community and has spearheaded the fight against
anti-Semitism, fully supporting the work of the
Community Security Trust in the UK, in partnership with the police, and granting nearly 13.4
million of government money to boost their work.
The home secretary reviews real-time intelligence from MI5, GCHQ and MI6; bans terrorist
organisations; signs warrants for the interception
of communications and is involved in every counterterrorist operation in Britain.
As a result, our new prime minister has an intricate understanding of the numerous terrorist
groups emanating from the Middle East, their ideologies and operational capabilities. This kind of
knowledge is crucial to understanding the current
threats to Israel and its unique security situation
with Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates on its border. In terms of the bilateral
relationship, she has direct experience of the
importance of intelligence, counterterrorism and
cyber security cooperation.
As the longest-serving home secretary since
1951, and given the issues and operations she has
managed, she is the most experienced and battle-hardened prime minister on security matters
since Winston Churchill.

Dad would have been delighted May is reassuring in uncertain times


BY BARBARA

WINTON
Daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton

WHAT WOULD my father, Sir Nicholas Winton,


have thought had he lived long enough to see
his local MP for the past 19 years become
prime minister?
As MP for Maidenhead, Theresa May has
attended a huge number of local events over
the years where my father met her regularly.
He told her bluntly early on that, as a Labour
supporter, he had not voted for her, but that
did not prevent her support of him at every
opportunity or the development of a warm
relationship between them.
She was there to applaud the microlight
flight he undertook in 2003, aged 94, piloted
by Judy Leden, a world champion hang-glider
and daughter of one of the Czech children he
rescued in the Kindertransport he organised
from Prague to the UK in 1939.
She unveiled his statue on Maidenhead railway station in 2010, alongside Sir Nicholas, his
family and friends, local dignitaries and a large
group from his local Rotary club, where he had
been a member for more than 50 years.
More recently, May would attend the birth-

day parties held at his home in Maidenhead


and share a glass of wine or cup of tea with a
slice of birthday cake.
He loved to talk politics and about the state
of the world with her and with Lord Alf Dubs,
a Labour Peer, who was another of his Czech
children.
And if they were both there together, so
much the better, enabling him to spread his
message of the need for ethics in public life
and the value of compromise.
In fact, May spoke warm words about him at
his memorial service on 19 May this year at the
Guildhall in London, telling the assembled
guests that after the coalition government was
formed in 2010, Sir Nicholas had reminded her
that coalition meant compromise and that was
not a bad thing.
She was a great supporter of Jewish News
petition asking Royal Mail to bring out a stamp
honouring Sir Nicholas, which was so successful
that in March this year, his face graced one of
its British Humanitarian special issue stamps.
My father always had respect for those who
worked hard in public service doing what they
believed to be right.
So, although their political allegiances were
different, I think he would have been delighted
had he lived to see Theresa May become
prime minister.

BY GILLIAN

MERRON
Chief Executive, Board of Deputies

THERE HAVE been few political speeches to


our community as impactful as Theresa Mays
address on a cold Sunday in January last year.
Only nine days before, four people had been
murdered in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris. May recognised the wave of anxiety that British Jews were experiencing about
events over the Channel and at only a few
days notice had come to our Board of
Deputies meeting that day with the intention
of reassuring us that anti-Semitism would be a
priority of her government.
She told a packed and silent hall: Without
its Jews, Britain would not be Britain, just as
without its Muslims, Britain would not be
Britain; without its Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and
people of other faiths, Britain would not be
Britain. She added: "I never thought Id see
the day when members of the Jewish community in the UK would say they were fearful of
remaining here. And that means we must all redouble our efforts to wipe out antiSemitism
here in the UK.
It was a powerful and resonant image to see

May raising a sign, boldly declaring: Je suis Juif.


There was a sense that her words were not just
written hurriedly by a speech-writer, but rather
that May was moved by duty and conviction to
stand with the Jewish community and provide
reassurance. This will certainly stand both her
and the country in good stead.
As a former government minister, I have an
instinct for when a job is being done effectively
and when the messages delivered are sincere.
Since I started my job at the Board of Deputies,
I have seen the woman who is now our prime
minister to be an empathetic and conscientious
supporter of the fight against anti-Semitism and
extremism. While she joined us at annual dinners and at our Chanukah reception, she did not
just show up for the big set-piece occasions.
Last September, she met a Board of Deputies
delegation where we discussed the refugee crisis, anti-Semitism and hate crime. She said afterwards that she was united with us in
beating the extremists who wish to divide us.
The Board is a non-party political organisation
and the community we represent is politically
diverse. However, on policy issues raised by us,
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Acute shortage of Jewish school places Help for family on Hebrew autopsy
THERE IS an acute shortage of Jewish
school places in north-west London which is
likely to continue for five years, a major
report has found.
Research examining demand and supply of
Year 7 Jewish secondary state school places
showed that while there was significant overprovision in Redbridge, there was a gap of
about three class intakes in the north-west.
Findings for north-west London show there
is a under-provision in Jewish state schools,
which we estimate to be in the region of 90
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commissioned by Partnerships for Jewish
Schools (PaJeS), a division of the Jewish Leadership Council. We expect this level of underprovision to continue for [around] five years.
To compound the gloomy assessment,
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children being educated in Jewish primary

Jewish state schools need 90 extra places

schools, our projections suggest the possibility of a further increase in demand for
Jewish secondary school provision, it said.
Researchers used statistical analysis to produce a more accurate picture of places in
Jewish secondary school education in London, and acknowledged increasing concern
across the community. The study examined
applications and admissions to the mainstream Jewish secondary state schools in and

around London: Hasmonean High School,


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They said the two factors that impact on
school numbers were the number of Jewish
children in any given year and their preference
for Jewish schools. Between 2011 and 2016,
the number of Jewish children increased and
the preference for Jewish secondary schooling increased as well, they said.
However, given UK Census data shows a decline in the numbers of people in the under 30
age groups in the mainstream community, the
long-term trend will be for falling demand in
the mainstream Jewish school population.
PaJeS director Rabbi David Meyer said:
This year, a significant number of additional
places were made available. We will be
meeting schools and representatives proposing new schools to explore a communitywide strategy to meet demand.

David Cameron honours founder of childrens heart charity


A JEWISH MAN from London who
founded an organisation that flies children
to Israel for life-saving surgery has been
awarded a Point of Light by former Prime
Minister David Cameron.
Walter Felman set up the UK branch of
Save a Childs Heart in 1999, flying children
into Israel from poorer countries around
the world for surgery at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, where he has raised
more than 1million.
Felman, a Rotarian from Mill Hill, had
earlier been given the Service Above Self
award from Rotary International, one of

the organisations highest honours, for his


role in helping to save 4,000 children.
Walters service has saved young lives,
said Cameron.
Thanks to his work, children have received world-class care that would not otherwise have been available to them and
medics in their home countries are improving their skills.
Felman said: I am still trying to come to
terms with this. It is a wonderful recognition
of Save a Childs Heart My thanks to
Mr Cameron for this opportunity to give Walter Felman at the Wolfson Medical Centre
wider awareness of the work we do.
in Holon with two children he helped

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SNP MP Hannah Bardell
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A photo of Ms Pearson lying
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circumstances of her death.
It has been reported the Israeli post-mortem stated she

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Speaking in the Commons,
Bardell told Foreign Office
Minister Tobias Ellwood: You
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her niece Julie Pearson, who
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We now have the autopsy report. It is in Hebrew, however,
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the chamber, we can work
through something to provide
assistance.

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With the towns fortunes on
the up, thanks to the new fashion of sea-bathing and a Royal
seal of approval by King George
IV, more Jews followed, and by
the late 18th century, plans were
being made for a synagogue in
the aptly-named Jew Street.
The plaque will form the centrepiece of six months of celebrations, which have seen
concerts by the London Jewish
Male Voice Choir, as well as
guided tours and art exhibitions.

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Sir Nickys daughter looks to future


SIR NICHOLAS Wintons daughter has called on young ambassadors of the Holocaust
Educational Trust to shape the
future by representing the six
million victims of the Shoah.
Barbara Winton was joined
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Ambassador Conference in central London.
My father was told to wait
and that something would happen but he didnt, he just went
ahead and did it, said Barbara.
Thats our message to young
people today: dont wait for
other people to do things as
they may never do.
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adults who have been on the
organisations Lessons from
Auschwitz Project. They come
back to the UK and undertake a
range of activities, such as writing articles, giving presentations,
inviting
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survivors to schools, arranging
film screenings and marking
Holocaust Memorial Day.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
told the youngsters to make an
impact by helping to create a
beautiful harmony in our society, adding: You will be ambassadors for the men, women
and children who were denied
the right to live out their lives.

Dubs despair over refugee plan


A PEER WHO fled the Nazis
has warned child refugees
promised sanctuary in Britain
under a scheme announced in
May are still risking their lives
hiding in lorries because ministers are dragging their feet implementing the pledge.
In a major policy U-turn, exPrime Minister David Cameron
said Britain would take in unaccompanied children registered
in France, Italy and Greece after
mounting political pressure.
The move came after Lord
Dubs, who came to Britain
on the Kindertransport programme for Jewish children
escaping the Nazis, tabled an

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Lord Dubs, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, at the HET Ambassadors Conference

The event focused on


learning more information
about the Holocaust and
showing the ambassadors
how to take practical steps
to combat anti-Semitism,
racism and intolerance
today.
Joining them were leading
figures such as BBC presenter
Nick Robinson and Philippe
Sands QC, a barrister specialising in international law including genocide and crimes
against humanity.
Other speakers included Prime Minister Mays HET pledge

Lord Browne of Madingley,


the head of the ambassador
programme and former boss
of oil giant BP, and Sir Eric
Pickles MP, head of Conservative Friends of Israel and the
UKs special envoy on postHolocaust issues.
Joining Winton on stage
was Lord Alf Dubs, the
Labour peer who was himself
saved from the Holocaust as
a young boy on one of the
Kindertransport. He told the
ambassadors: You are here
to make a difference.

AN ENTHUSIASTIC group of
would-be Jewish filmmakers
from the Noam Masorti Youth
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even had their work discussed by
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refugees.
But Lord Dubs said that as far
as he knows, no children have
been brought to Britain under
the terms of the Bill. He told the
Press Association: No one has
come through on this scheme
yet... Some of [these children]
are in danger of being lured
into crime and prostitution.
A Home Office spokesperson
said: No-one should be in
any doubt of our commitment
to bringing vulnerable refugee
children from Europe to the
UK.

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Capturing the film memories
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enter the industry, such as JFS
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Egypt hopes to revive peace process


EGYPTS FOREIGN minister
paid a rare visit to Jerusalem this
week to revive the prospect of a
peace process between Israel
and the Palestinians.
Sameh Shoukrys trip was the
first official visit to Israel since
2007, and reflected the strong
but low-profile ties that have
developed between the two
countries in recent years.
After decades of wars followed by a tense peace, Israel
has emerged as a discreet ally
to Egyptian President AbdelFattah al-Sisi.
Peace efforts have made no
headway since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took
office in 2009, and the last
round of US-led talks broke
down two years ago.
The Palestinians seek the

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry with Benjamin Netanyahu

establishment of an independent state in the West Bank, east


Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip
lands captured by Israel in the
1967 war.
Netanyahu has endorsed the
idea of an independent Palestinian state, but opposes a return

to Israels pre-1967 borders and


has continued to build Jewish
settlements on occupied lands.
Speaking at a news conference with Netanyahu, Shoukry
said the vision of the twostate solution is not far-fetched
but rather required steps to

build confidence.
He warned that worsening
conditions for Palestinians
threatened to undermine
prospects for peace. The plight
of the Palestinian people becomes more arduous every day.
And the dream of peace and
security moves further out of the
Israeli peoples reach as long as
the conflict continues.
Netanyahu called on the
Palestinians to follow the
courageous example of Egypt
and Jordan [the only Middle
Eastern countries to make
peace with Israel] and join us for
direct negotiations.
Al-Sisi recently made a
high-profile speech calling for
a resumption of peace efforts
between Israel and the
Palestinians.

Plane wreckage found in Israel Pride march in memory of Shira


PIECES OF wreckage believed
to be from the EgyptAir plane
that crashed in May have been
found off the coast of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahus office said the
fragments were found north
of Tel Aviv last Thursday, on
the shores of Netanya.
A statement from the office
said parts were collected and
it appears there is a high likelihood they are pieces of the

Egyptian plane. It said the


debris will be sent to Egypt.
EgyptAir Flight 804, an
Airbus A320 en route from
Paris to Cairo, crashed into
the Mediterranean Sea on 19
May.
Egyptian investigators said
data recovered from a cockpit
voice recorder suggests pilots
tried to extinguish a fire in the
plane. The crash killed all 66
people on board.

THE PARENTS of a teenage


girl stabbed to death during
last years gay pride march in
Jerusalem have issued an
emotional call to all those who
oppose violence, saying this
years event should be about
tolerance and equality.
Ori and Mika Banki lost their
16-year-old daughter Shira in
2015 when Charedi man Yishai
Schlissel produced a knife and
started lunging at participants.

Now, in a poignant Facebook post, the grieving parents have called for all those
who abhor violence to march
this year. After Shiras murder,
there were many voices saying
that even though they dont
agree with the LGBTQ way of
life, they still cannot accept violence. To all these voices and
everyone who feels and thinks
that way, we except to see you
march this year.

WORLD JEWISH NEWS


Your weekly digest of stories
from the international press.

With Stephen Oryszczuk

Poland

Israel

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER
excavating a site in the former
Jewish ghetto of Minsk Mazowiecki in Poland has dug up
a glass decanter filled with valuables including Kiddush cups,
silver cutlery, a gold pocket
watch and gold coins. Museum
officials said the artefacts appear
to have been buried in a hurry.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rubbished claims of


an assassination attempt on his
life while travelling in Kenya.
The PM made the reassurance
during a news conference in
neighbouring Ethiopia, where
he was criticised by Israeli colleagues for not meeting the
countrys Jewish community.

United States

Spain

PROGRESSIVE JEWS in America have called on their counterparts who vote Republican
to withdraw their support for
Republican hopeful Donald
Trump. The Republican Jewish
Coalition endorsed Trump in
May. Critics say Trump should
distance himself from white
supremacists who support him.

SPANISH JEWS have condemned a left-wing party for


tweeting a cartoon image of
US President Obama slipping
cash in or out of a Jews pocket.
Izquerda Unida, or United Left,
depicted Obama hugging an
Orthodox Jew dressed in the
blue and white of Israel as
explosions go off around them.

Morocco

Greece

A HIGH PROFILE Jewish couple


have been killed in Casablanca
in what police say is a crime
motivated by greed. Sam
Toledano and Vicky Chetrit were
found decapitated, with body
parts hidden around the city.
Police arrested the gardener,
and local media have suggested it may be anti-Semitic.

THE MAYOR of Thessaloniki has


said he wants the Greek town to
remember its Jewish past, after
Yiannis Boutaris, 74, was honoured by the American Jewish
Committee. Better known as
Salonika, the city was once
home to the largest numbers of
Jews in Greece, 95 percent of
whom were deported in 1941.

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SPECIAL REPORT: ON THE GROUND ON ISRAELS NORTHERN BORDER

A FRAGILE SILENCE
As tanks stand guard in a field of wildflowers, Stephen
Oryszczuk reports on the chaos on Israels doorstep

rom the Dado Lookout in Israels uppermost north, Hezbollahs proud new flag flutters its
two fingers towards the Israeli village
of Metula. But for the occasional
crack of guns or deep rumble of
tanks, the scene is placid and warm.
The Lookout tops a ravine, carved by
a stream heading east to Jordan. Two
teenage love-birds sit cuddling, admiring the view.
Below, crops race up to international borders. Ahead, Lebanese
trucks trundle up steep roads. Behind, Israeli surveillance antennae
buzz and twitch from hilltops. In
front, Shiite villages stare at Sunni
and Christian neighbours nestled uncomfortably close.
This is a land of valleys, dips and
vantage points, where sworn enemies live metres away. To the right, in
the distance, the bare mountain
spine of the Golan Heights darkens
with Israels Shebaa farms, sitting
stoic and stubborn. Over the hill,
Druze villagers cling to hills held by
their forefathers, ever-weary of the
black-flag jihadists eyeing it for
themselves. Jew, Christian, Sunni,
Shiite, Druze, all in the same spit of
land. To those who live here, it is
home. To others, it is the devils playground. He just hasnt played around
here much of late.
Weve had 10 years of silence,

says Maj. Sarit Zehavi, a recently retired IDF intelligence officer with a
special interest in this region.
Its amazing. Well happily live
with that. But you can tell it is a fragile silence.
Hezbollah hides its weapons in the
homes of those you see below you,
she says. From her briefing, facilitated by BICOM, its clear that Israel
has a healthy respect for its old
enemy. They know where to place
the rockets. They know the ground.
Might they have built tunnels?
Unlikely, she says. The topography
does the job for them. Two Israelis
were kidnapped in a dip just below
us, in part because we just couldnt
see them. To Zehavi and her intelligence colleagues, Hezbollah is the
professor, Hamas is the student.
If this is a quest to learn the art of
war, then to the east, along the Syrian border, al-Qaeda affiliates are the
newest intake. Zehavi takes us to a
bunker at Tel A-Saki, yards from the
1974 Ceasefire Lines, to see it for
ourselves. Beneath our feet, a volcanic soil, rich in minerals, accounts
for a series of hills formed by the
African-Syrian Rift Valley.
Behind us, white 4x4 UN trucks
pass by, armed with goodwill and
symbolism. Doves among hawks,
they seem ripe only for kidnappings
and ransom, so it is no surprise to

hear that they stay this side of the


fence (there is no UNDOF corridor
any more, despite what the maps say).
On the other side of the fence,
right in front of us, a huge explosion
kicks smoke, dust and rubble hundreds of feet up into the air. Who was
it? Russians? Assads government
forces? US-backed rebels? Jihadists?
What was it? Airstrike? Suicide
bombing? Car bomb? Mortar? Who
were they after? Did they succeed?
As airborne remains drift slowly
north, were left guessing. Minutes
later, another; evidence if ever there
was of the chaos on Israels doorstep.
Al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat AlNusra are active in every village
here, Zehavi says, although they
may not control every village they
operate in. Their black-flag rivals, Islamic State, who operate further
along this stretch, have already
threatened Israel, most recently in a
video posted only two weeks earlier.
We cant ignore it, she says. Its
a totally different reality. Only two
years ago, we had reserve forces up
here, who had learnt to prepare for a
column of tanks.
Now we have regular forces. Its
all about intelligence. We cant be indifferent to whats going on.
Neither can Israel be complacent,
a lesson learned the hard way on this
very spot in 1973, at the outbreak of

Syrias president Assad shakes hands


with PA leader Mahmoud Abbas

the Yom Kippur War, when three


lonely intelligence officers stationed
here reported Syrian tanks approaching, just as Israeli generals in Tel Aviv
were reassuring the public that war
was improbable.
The force sent to rescue them was
destroyed, overwhelmed by the improbable Syrian army entering Israel. It ended in victory, but not
before many lives were lost.
Back at Northern Command, a
(very) senior military source details,
on a whiteboard, the assorted
groups he now needs to know about.

There are Shia militias, secular


Sunni rebels, religious nationalists,
global jihadists, government forces,
Christians, Druze, Alawites, thugs,
mafias, defectors, all of them forcing
the cantonisation of southern
Syria, a border quiet for 40 years
under successive Assad regimes,
now fragmented.
In other areas of what-was-once
Syria, the name of the game is to
control refineries, dams, cities. Here,
the war is mostly about roads and
roadblocks, my source says, pointing out that the regime still holds
most, including the Daraa-Damascus
artery, but Al-Nusra need only take
the Druze village of Hadar to open a
20-mile corridor along Israels border,
giving access to Damascus routes.
Does the situation change day-byday, or is it stabilising? Violence in
this region has tailed off in the past
month, he says. Were already
starting to see an end. Stability is
starting to arise, with pacts and
treaties being signed. There are
fewer fights now. Each side has decided for itself what it can gain, what
it can hold.
Will this steady quiet hold? I
dont know, he adds.As long as
theyre focused on themselves, he
adds, and not on Israel, having a
number of rebel groups on the border is a good thing.

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EDITORIAL COMMENT AND READERS LETTERS

Mays reassuring record


NO ONE would have blamed
her if she had foregone her
chicken soup and chopped
liver [we can but speculate as
to the menu] to continue pressing preparations for governing
Britain on Tuesday night.
But by honouring a longstanding invitation to dine at
the home of the Chief Rabbi on
the eve of entering Number
10, Theresa May could hardly
have sent a stronger signal of
the importance she places on
relations with our community.
It comes less than 18 months
after another hugely significant
gesture towards the community
when she attended a Board of
Deputies plenary on a Sunday
morning to offer reassurance in
the wake of the Hyper cacher
terror attack in Paris. She held
up a banner stating Je suis Juif,
proclaimed Britain would not be
the same without its Jews and
helped propel the issue to the
top of the national headlines.
But Mays tenure at the Home
Office has been about far more
than gestures; theres been no
shortage of action to back it up.
Its just four months since she
pledged 13million of renewed
funding to provide security

guards at Jewish schools and


synagogues during her latest
address to the annual CST
dinner. On that occasion, she
spoke of the governments
strategy to tackle violent and
non-violent extremism of
Islamists and neo-Nazis that has
all too often targeted Jews.
As home secretary, May also
blocked hateful figures like
Dieudonne from entering the UK.
Like her predecessor, she has
proved to be more than just a
fair-weather friend of Israel,
pledging in the wake of the
time of the 2014 Gaza conflict
that she would always defend
Israels right to defend itself.
There is no reason to think
she will waver now shes in the
top job.
David Camerons top team
was choc-full of allies of British
Jews and Israel, but few had the
intimate knowledge of the
issues impacting on our community. Many British Jews will be
sad to see the end of a premiership that will go down alongside
that of Thatcher and Blair for its
warmth towards Anglo-Jewry
and Israel. But Mays fine record
offers plenty of reassurance for
the months and years ahead.

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ELIE WIESELS WORDS


A LESSON TO US ALL
Some people move me, some influence
me, others impress me. Few do all three.
Elie Wiesel did. I was pleased to have met
the Nobel Laureate once.
He came to address staff at our workplace prior to receiving his honorary
knighthood from the Queen. All testimonies from survivors are powerful, but
there was something Wiesel told us that
resonated with me.
For many years, I had been asked when
we set up Ren Cassin how we could
both be universalist and yet base those
values on the particular religion, culture
and history of one people.
How could we, the question went,
really use the Jewish experience to
promote the rights of all?
Wiesel provides an answer to this: that
memory serves a powerful purpose, and
as a result of that memory we need to
stand up to hate and injustice wherever
they might occur.
Ren Cassins commitment to human
rights came out of the crucible of the First
World War and the peace movement that
arose following the war that we were told
would end all wars.
He claimed that it was really the war of
1914-1918 which upset my temporarily
comfortable moral equilibrium. A generation later, Wiesels views were forged out
of the fires of hell on earth in Auschwitz.
Wiesel said in his Nobel speech:
Because I remember, I despair. Because
I remember, I have the duty to reject
despair. I remember the killers, I remember the victims, even as I struggle to
invent 1,001 reasons to hope.
There may be times when we are
powerless to prevent injustice, but there
must never be a time when we fail to
protest.
Wiesels speech the day I met him
focused on a Jewish-based approach to
human rights and responsibility.
He was both concerned at the existential threat to the Jewish people and showing concern for all humanity facing
injustice: his experience, our experience,
should direct us to protest wherever and
to whomever it was necessary.
His world was steeped in both a Jewish
religious and cultural sphere but looking
out to the rest of the world.
That he struggled with his beliefs in
public made him human. While he and
Cassin come to similar conclusions, Cassin
speaks in a legal discourse, while Wiesel
speaks from the language of the covenantal Jewish tradition.
A light has gone out of this world.
Wiesel claimed we are all immortal until
we have gone... For me, he will live on
through his ideas, his writings and those
millions of lives he touched.

just that, and there is a shared responsibility to foster a reality that promotes
equality and respect. These core values
are central to the idea of the EU.
I hope that leaving the EU will not
undermine the core principles that my
organisation, Ren Cassin, stands for
those of building a culture that
promotes human rights and I urge our
government to ensure the UK continues
to be part of the convention and
upholds domestic human-rights law
through the UKs Human Rights Act.
In these turbulent and uncertain times,
we all need to hold firm to the core
values that bind us together as a society.
Human-rights laws developed in
response to tyranny and genocide. They
are what define us as a civilised and
tolerant society.
They protect vulnerable minorities,
but ultimately benefit us all. Lets not
allow them to become the victims of
political agendas.
Mia Hasenson-Gross
By email

BREXITERS ARE NOT


LITTLE ENGLANDERS
I know many readers feel your editorial
column on the EU referendum result (30
June) needs to be seriously challenged.
First, pro-Brexit UK will now return to
being independent UK. The security of
the nation and its people will remain the
main duty and priority of any government.
Clearly, our community (please
define) can be confident that this nation
will continue to be the welcoming home
and refuge of all who wish to live here,
legally, under our own laws, without fear
or concern.
In this context, it will continue to be
the example to the world it has always
been, as so many of us and past generations can confirm. Ignorance, racism, religious and ideological intolerance will
always exist as they have through
history. It is how they are confronted and
dealt with that defines a society.

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HUMAN-RIGHTS LAWS
MUST NOT BE LOST
I have dedicated the best part of my adult
life to defending and promoting human
rights.
As a Jew whose family experienced the
Holocaust, the European Union represents an understanding that we have to
act together to ensure that never again is

MY LONGEST DAY AT
THE ODEON CINEMA
Reading Gerry Raphaels letter of his
fond memories of the services at Gants
Hill Odeon [Jewish News, 30 June]
reminded me of my own youth in Ilford,
when I used to sing in the choir in the
Odeon during the high holy days.
As I walked into the cinema during one
Yom Kipper service, the film advertised
that week was The Longest Day.
Stuart Luder
By email

BETTER BREXIT THAN


PART OF THIS SHAM
The thunderous applause and standing
ovation given to PA leader Muhammad
Abbas by 28 European countries when he
accused Israel of poisoning Palestinian
water confirms my vote to exit Europe.
It wont be sweetness and light here in
the UK as we witness some distressing
events that have taken place by the
extreme left and the extreme right, but
certainly better than in France and her
allies.
Sidney Sands
N12

NO PLACE FOR THIS


BARBARIC PRACTICE

Alex Goldberg
Trustee, Ren Cassin

Chukat

There are always those who will seek


to exploit and encourage uncertainty.
Economic malcontent has, indeed,
brought historic levels of failure to many
other European countries in recent
years, due in part, some might suggest,
to their membership of the EU.
This country needs no symbolic statues
nor statements to remind ourselves and
the rest of the world of our proud history.
Most of us have had cause to be thankful for the help, and refuge, offered to all
during the current and past centuries.
Many of us, our parents and grandparents, have been happy to serve and
protect Little England and the other
little countries that comprise the
United Kingdom. Does this make us Little
Englanders (whoever they are)?
Some may have taken the only
opportunity available to themselves,
their children, and grandchildren, to
extricate us from the undemocratic
mess which we, unfortunately, committed them to, instead of the hard-won
independence, freedom and security
we previosuly enjoyed.
Harry Levy
By email

Camouflage? Honey, we dont


blend in for anyone!

How sad it is that letter writer and


kosher food consumer Simon Cohens
Brexit vote concern is that he may no
longer be able to eat animals killed by
having their throats cut and bled to
death without pre-stunning. Ancient law
is just that.
Centuries ago, stunning or the captive
bolt did not exist so the method of
killing was decreed in the only means
available.
Today, what most see as barbaric
practice has no place in a caring society.
It is about animal welfare, not at all
about opposition to Muslims, as Mr
Cohen states.
Jill Tregenza
Norfolk

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OPINION:
RABBIJENNI
MIRIAMFRAZER
BERGER AND MARK MAIER
OPINION:

Israelis are laughing at us


and our cracked politics
I AM just back from Israel with a severe case of
SE, or Society Envy. It is not a comfortable feeling but perhaps it gives me a better insight into
how Israelis view other countries, through their
particular prism.
You know you have SE when you cant afford
the really nice stuff in the shops and there is a
lot of really nice stuff in some very nice shops
because your currency is suddenly weak. You
know you have SE when all the waiting staff in
the restaurants speak nearly as good English as
you do, or when there is such a vast array of
(kosher) food choice in said restaurants.
You know you have SE when you go to a
kibbutz dining room on a Friday morning to find
what appears to be the whole of Tel Aviv and
Paris ardently picking over the best of Ashkenazi
and Sephardi foodie delights. This is how the
neo-observant Israeli middle classes make
Shabbat, by buying in from the kibbutzniks.
SE makes its appearance on the vast new
network of roads in Israel, or in the astonishing
numbers of high-tech buildings that stride over
the countrys coastline.
And possibly most importantly you have SE
when Israelis are laughing at you and your
cracked political system, at the volatility and
incompetence of those who are supposed to be
your countrys leaders, at the impermanence of
those allegedly in power, at the inability of the

Opposition to do what the job description says.


The only bright spot is that Israel does not
yet have an equivalent to British champion
Andy Murray. But give it time.
Of course, SE is a condition I have exaggerated to be mildly provocative here. And, of
course, I do not seek to downplay the severe
shortages and needs in Israel, where not just
pockets of the country but whole swathes live
below the poverty line.
And, in the same spirit, some of Israels politicians leave a great deal to be desired when it
comes to ethical behaviour. They have Bibi and
Sara nuff said the idiocies of the non-governmental organisation bill being passed by the
Knesset, Miri Regev a thesis all on her own
and the always reliably bad Naftali Bennett.
Besides them Stephen Crabb and his sexting
and Andrea Leadsoms bid to become Mummy
to Britains nursery look positively normal.
But an all-too brief long weekend in Israel and
the beauty of the UK is its accessibility, making a
long weekend a realistic proposition was an
opportunity to view the country in a different light.
In some parts of the monied neighbourhoods
of Tel Aviv and the upper coastal resorts, it was
hard to believe that Israel is only 68 years old.
Huge areas of Tel Aviv are almost unrecognisable, as buildings are cleared to make way for
the ambitious light railway, sister to the one now

operating in Jerusalem. Mentally I compared


the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem projects to the
endless rows about the Edinburgh light railway
scheme, or, for that matter, Londons Crossrail.
Lets just say Israel seems to have got on with it
in a way the UK has not yet managed.
Whatever the Israeli equivalent of yummy
mummies is, they appeared to have colonised
every restaurant in town, often drifting up straight
from the beach and turning each eatery into
Fashion Central. The Israeli women are upping
their game in response to the French invasion
and even the most macho of men are joining in.
We Brits, I am sorry to report, come a rather
miserable low number in the panoply of the
Beautiful People melting pot that Israel is today.
Our embrace of Crocs and Marks & Spencer
separates, teamed with decrepit worn-out
beachwear, marks us out as objects of pity.
Even if they dont look at us with lightly
disguised horror, Israelis cannot believe the suicide
note Britain appears to be keen on sending to the
world. People asked me: Your politicians did
what? Did they know what they were doing?
It is, sadly, just the kind of question that we in
our smug diaspora fastness have raised time
and time again, when Israel does something
extraordinarily stupid and indefensible. But the
time to revel in our smugness is over.
Now only Society Envy remains.

Jenni Frazer

Israelis cannot believe the


suicide note Britain
appears to be keen on
sending to the world

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OPINION: ZAKI COOPER & MUHAMMED BUTT


UK NEWS

Need advice on coping with


insecurity? Just ask the Jews
IN THE wake of the EU referendum result, Jewish
experience, ingenuity and thinking can inspire
the rest of the country. The UK faces enormous
uncertainty, instability and insecurity. As a people, we have dealt with these over the centuries,
accustomed to living on our wits and making the
most of a situation. Israelis may be experts in security, but Jews are specialists in insecurity. We
can offer some lessons to our fellow countrymen
in how to excel in this situation.
The referendum win for Brexit took many by
surprise. It does not seem to have reflected
opinion in the Jewish community, which was
around two to one in favour of remain. It has led
to the replacement of the Prime Minister, destabilised the Leader of the Opposition and
sparked a political earthquake in the UK.
It was no run-of-the-mill Westminster event,
but a seminal moment in post-War Britain. Only
in the long stretch of history will we be able to
look back and assess the true consequences. But
we now face a hiatus the new Prime Minister
Theresa May invokes Article 50 to trigger the exit.
It will take time to negotiate the UKs new relationship with the EU, whether itss Norwayplus, Switzerland-minus or a plain old British
version. It will take a while to work out how to
deal with the 80,000 pages of EU law which has
applied to the UK.
Britain so often a byword for stability and consistency, is engaging in soul searching following

Brexit..The former US secretary of state Dean


Acheson famously remarked in1962: Great
Britain has lost an Empire and has not yet found
a role. Now, through leaving the EU after 43
years of membership, we are again raising the
question of the UKs place in the world. Some
have pointed to a national hysteria or nervous
breakdown. Before the country gets too downcast about Brexit, our community can offer some
helpful advice, based on four elements.
First, uncertainty is OK. Weve lived with it for
centuries. We were never able to control the external environment we were in, which was invariably hostile. We turned our attention inward,
nurturing the home and synagogue as the cornerstones of community life. We have learnt to
appreciate the beauty of today, not quite knowing what tomorrow will bring.
A revival of community spirit in the UK, which
we had a taste of in 2012 through the Olympics
and the Diamond Jubilee, would do wonders for
national self-esteem.
Second, as Jews, we have offered operated
away from the mainstream, usually not by
choice, and learnt to operate as individuals. Similarly, the UK has opted out of our major regional
bloc, we will have to be more self-reliant.
Third, the economic contribution Jews have
made over the ages has been remarkable. It
would seem that persecution has acted as a
stimulant to innovation, creativity and entrepre-

neurship. The Jewish economic achievement


has been analysed in Steven Silbergers book
called The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to
the Enduring Wealth of a People. The traits include that real wealth is knowledge which is
portable; that successful people are professionals and entrepreneurs; and also a psychological
drive to prove something.
They could be the guiding forces for the
Britain of today. We need to build the tech giants of tomorrow, encourage entrepreneurs and
summon the war-time spirit of defiance and perseverance in the business sector.
Fourth, as Jews, we must be particularly sensitive to the impact that political convulsions can
have on community relations. There have been
some worrying signs of an increase in hate crimes,
fuelled by an exclusive English nationalism.
Poles and Eastern Europeans have been targeted particularly, borne out in police crime data
but also anecdotal evidence. Stories of bullying
in the school playground or Poles bursting into
tears on a train carriage make the heart sink.
We know that the external environment, including political turmoil or economic hardship,
can act as an incubator for prejudice.
Drawing on our history and the best Jewish traditions, we can show the rest of the country how
to make the best of insecurity and uncertainty.
Zaki is former press secretary to the Queen

Zaki Cooper
Trustee, Council of
Christians and Jews

Weve lived with uncertainty


for centuries. We turned our
attention inward and learnt
to appreciate today

Im sorry for sharing Israel


slur boycotts are wrong
THE LABOUR Party my party is currently
going through challenging times.
Frankly, the behaviour of some of my fellow
members has not been good enough, particularly towards the Jewish community.
I too fell short of what standards should be
expected in a thoughtless act. Earlier this year,
I shared a post on Facebook without properly
checking the comments below it.
The post contained a video of a violent incident between an Israeli soldier and young
Palestinian girl. As a father of a daughter, I felt
an instinctive empathy for the young girl and
shared the video.
This was a mistake, not least because I had
not read the comments below the video. One
made a claim that was both wrong and offensive: that Israel was in some way comparable to
the so-called Islamic State.
I dont believe this and have never believed
it. You can sincerely believe that Israels rule over
the Palestinian people is a tragedy for both parties, while refusing to indulge in that malicious
and lazy smear.
As a local authority leader, I work hard to stop
young people and children being groomed into
the kind of extremism that ISIS represents.
I do not need to be told how evil they are:
They have deliberately killed thousands of civilians, used rape as a weapon of war and deployed mass executions as propaganda tools.
ISIS represents nothing but fear.
Israel, however, always offers hope. Right
from its Declaration of Independence, it
pledged itself to democracy, the rule of law
and the equal treatment of minorities an inspi-

rational determination that was born at a time


when much of the world lived under dictatorship. However, whether on purpose or by accident, I shared the comment that made a wholly
inappropriate and offensive comparison.
I have to accept responsibility for that and say
again how sorry I am.
I am the proud leader of Brent, the most
diverse borough in the UK. I take my commitment to all our communities very seriously. We
must all stand together and that means respect,
understanding the realities of each others lives.
I understand how critical Israel is to Jewish life
in the UK: It could only be, when a plurality of
the world Jewish community more than 40
percent live in Israel. My Jewish residents will
have parents, siblings and children in Israel.
Thats why I have no time for boycotts. As far
as I can see, it does nothing for peace between
Israelis and Palestinians. It only provides more
ammunition to those who wish to divide and
polarise. What it does do is make our own
Jewish community feel isolated and disturbed
as to why the worlds only Jewish state appears
to be the focus of the most vociferous boycott
movement.
So when boycotters wanted Brent to cancel
its contracts with vendors who do business in
Israel, the decision to say no was one of the
quickest and easiest I have had to make.
I have always felt a huge amount of solidarity
with the Jewish community. My family was
forced out of Kashmir.
I know what it is to be from a victimised community, looking to find a safe place and a welcoming community in which to live.

When they came to Wembley, Jewish neighbours were among the most welcoming not
to be taken lightly during the often difficult
1970s and 1980s.
I share the frustration of the Jewish community at how long it is taking Labour to grapple
with the problem of anti-Semitism in our ranks.
It makes me very sad to think that I could
have been a part of making matters worse.
You can be sure that I will be much more careful about what I share in future.
For me the Chakrabarti report has not gone
far enough. I would have liked it spelled out that
not only should Zionist not be used as a term of
abuse, but that Zionism is an entirely legitimate
belief.
As it happens, British Zionist groups such as
Yachad are doing far more for peace than the
official boycott movement ever has.
I can pledge that, for Brent Labour, it will only
be the start of our thinking on the issue of antiSemitism, not the end.
We can, we must and we will go further to
make sure that Jews feel valued and safe in
our party and in our borough, working with
our local synagogues, the Board of Deputies,
the Community Security Trust, and the local
police. I personally look forward to travelling
to Israel in the near future to see the facts for
myself.
Whatever our disagreements about the
Middle East, making outlandish claims such as
Israel being in any way comparable to ISIS do
not help the cause of peace. They only cause
hurt and unhelpful divisions.
We can, we must, do better.

Cllr Muhammed Butt


Leader,
Brent Council

I have always felt solidarity


with the Jewish community.
I know what it is to be from
a victimised community

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OPINION:
RABBIDAVID
MIRIAMCOLLINS
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IN THE words of the late Elie Wiesel: Without
memory, there is no culture. Without memory,
there would be no civilisation, no society, no
future. We know that memories are essential
to engaging the next generation. We may well
remember our first Jewish trip away from home,
but there seem to be a number of challenges in
the way young people engage with Jewish life.
Perhaps this is the right time to pose a couple
of questions. Are we creating enough positive
memories? Where, in the midst of social media,
school and university exams or even the rise of
anti-Semitism on campus, do we find the space
to create the meaningful experiences that shape
young peoples Jewish identity?
For any organisation, self-reflection is important.
So, as Tribe approaches its 13th year, we have
been considering how to develop. We recently
carried out a strategic review, exploring how best
to engage the next generation and to ensure that
the United Synagogue provides the best possible
programmes for its children, young people and
young families. Our aim is clear creating a future
for our communities through engaging, educating
and inspiring the next generation. How do we
ensure we make this a reality?
We have learnt that if you engage early, its possible to establish an identity that is lasting. If we
create memories while young, there is a greater
chance the engagement will be for life. We are

proud of our Jewish identity and its something we


want to instil in our children. Too often we see the
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activity. I am not suggesting that if a child attends
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consistent message at school, in shul and at home.
The creation of life-shaping memories doesnt
end the second young Jews leave school. If we are
to revitalise and engage the next generation, we
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We will continue to work with other organisations to support young families, teens, gap year
and university students and young professionals.
University is a complex balance of academic
challenges alongside personal growth and development. Post-university, getting right the workJewish life balance is no easier. We must be
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This is just the start of the programming
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The memorable experiences we create today
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NEWS IN BRIEF
SHABBAT SPECIAL GUEST
Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE,
who is leaving his post in south-east
London to become the Bishop of
Lichfield, was the special guest at
Catford & Bromley Synagogues
Shabbat service. The chairman of
the Council of Christians and Jews,
Bishop Michael has also been a
staunch supporter of the synagogues
interfaith events.

CITY OF DAVID ARTEFACTS


More than 200 people from three
US communities enjoyed evenings of
discovery where archaeological
artefacts from the City of David were
shown along with presentations on
the secrets of the bible unearthed at
the site. The evenings, run by the Ir
David Foundation and hosted by the
United Synagogue, took place at Mill
Hill, Cockfosters and N Southgate
and Hampstead Garden Synagogues
as well as at Wolfson Hillel and Beit
Shvidler primary schools. US
president Stephen Pack said:
These events were an exceptional
opportunity to hear about the work
of the Ir David Foundation and their
ground-breaking discoveries.

Clowning around for Hadassah


Hadassah UKs head medical clown, David Dush Barashi visited London to highlight how his colleagues
have become a serious asset. The trip culminated in its Three Tenners and a Clown musical event, which was
held in partnership with the Central Synagogue and was organised by Chazan Steven Leas and Hadassah UK
trustee Chana Greenberg. The three tenors: Chazans Leas and Jonny Turgel and Rabbi Danny Bergson
performed with the Shabbaton Choir and Sacks Morasha and Immanuel College Primary School choirs.

MITZVAH DAYS NEW JOINERS


Mitzvah Day has welcomed two new
members of staff, Charlotte Agran
and Jacob Forman. Agran, 24, joins
as interfaith coordinator, having
previously worked as the operations
and public affairs administrator for the
Holocaust Educational Trust, while
Forman, 26, who has been a VSO
team leader in the Philippines, will be
the new project co-ordinator. Simon
Rothstein has taken a year-round role
as a PR consultant. This years Mitzvah
Day takes place on, and around,
Sunday, 27 November.

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WEEK IN
PICTURES
Nightingale House residents were able to
share their views and concerns when they
were visited by Tooting by-election
candidates Dan Watkins (Conservative)
(pictured) and Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour).

Children at Yavneh Nursery held


a bake sale for Jewish Cares Bake
Day, and raised 105 in just one
morning.

Langdon Brady Club recently held


its half-term scheme, during which
12 young people participated in a
three-day course.

The Chief Rabbi paid a visit to Bushey


Synagogue to launch Project Engage, a
new learning programme run by Chazan
Yossi and Miriam Saunders.

Woodside Park Synagogue recently held


its first Antiques Roadshow-style event.
With an expert panel on hand, the
community and beyond came to have
their hidden treasures valued, which
included a 400-year-old Hungarian
Torah case.

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Jewish Care residents special visit


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Jewish Care bakes a difference!


More than 5,000 people took part in Jewish Cares fourth Great Jewish
Bake Day, raising funds for older people in the community. Children from
25 nurseries and schools, with members of community centres and
residents of care homes came together across London and the southeast to bake, ice and enjoy cake to help support the 10,000 people
whose lives are touched by Jewish Care every week. Children from
Elstree to Essex lined up to hug Chava Cupcake and get a #chavaselfie.
Jewish News chef Denise Phillips baked with residents of Rubens House,
while baker to celebrities Rachel Rachel led a cake decorating
masterclass with JCoSS social action students and supporters opened
up their homes for bake day tea parties for friends and family. Jewish
Cares Daniel Carmel-Brown said: Bake Day is about people of all ages
coming together with Jewish Care clients in our homes and community
centres to have tea and cake and understand more about us.

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Shlomi brings songs and smiles


Israeli singer Shlomi Shabat took centre stage at the Hilton London
Metropole on Monday evening, playing to a 1,000-strong audience
comprised of British Jews and UK-based Israelis. The Mizrahi singer,
who has also been a TV music talent shows judge, helped raise
money for Variety of Israel, a charity helping children with special
needs. Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev opened proceedings and
was followed on stage by the president of Variety Israel, Udi Angel.
Itay Mori, a child from Variety, was flown to London with his family by
El Al. Smiles were truly beaming as Shlomi and his 15 musicians put
on an absolutely exhilarating performance of song and dance,
said a spokesman. He brought the room to their feet and created
an atmosphere comparable only to that of a concert in the Holy
Land. It was a night to remember.

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JW3s sizzling summer party!


Young professionals in their 20s and 30s made the most of the
British summer sun as they mingled, mixed and munched at JW3s
summer party last week. Some 300 people crammed into the
community hub for the popular annual fixture to enjoy falafel and
fish burgers, sangria, beer and ice cream. A few were admittedly
distracted by a Euro 2016 semi-final being shown on the big
screen inside, while outside, entertainment was provided by Jive
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THE COMEBACK KID

hen earlier this year Craig David


scored a top 20 hit for the first time
in a decade, it proved to critics he
may have been gone, but certainly
not forgotten.
Now, 15 years after his critically-acclaimed
album, Born To Do It, spiralled up the charts
and marked the then teenage David as a
promising young champion of home-grown
R n B, the soulful singer is back.
This side of 2016, David who is Jewish
through his mothers side has already scored
success with When The Bassline Drops, featuring Big Narstie, as well as Nothing Like This
and his recently-released single, One More
Time.
His
sixth
album,
Following
My
Intuition, is due for release in coming months
and he has plenty of high-profile gig dates
lined up following his recent appearance at
Glastonbury, including at next months V Festival and the O2 Academy later in the year.
To those in the music industry, David has
suddenly and quite unexpectedly become
a hot commodity again, but his career resurgence comes after years of relative obscurity.
Following the release of Born To Do It, which
sold an incredible seven million copies worldwide, the singer struggled to repeat the same
success. His 2010 album of Motown covers
shifted just under 34,000 copies. To compound
his waning career, comedian Leigh Francis
more or less singled out David in his spoof, Bo
Selecta!, and he was taken less seriously as a
musician.
Shortly after, David sold his Hampstead
home and left the UK shores to live a more subdued life in Miami. For the now 35-year-old
singer, it was just the break he needed.
It just gave me time to find my groove

residency in Ibiza.
TS5 ended up being
the silver lining to
everything. It turned
into something I loved
so much and gave me
the opportunity to
do a performance that
was very different.
Taking time out also
gave David a chance to
simplify his life. It
made me realise what
really matters being
Top: Singer and acclaimed DJ Craig David works the crowd a recent gig
close to your friends
Above: The grime star performing at this years Glastonbury Festival
and family.
He adds: When I just
again, explains the grime star. Its funny, becreate and make music,
cause it never felt like I was away. I was creating Im in my element. Its as much of a buzz for me
music and I was constantly recording, but it as it is to create a song and just realising that
gave me time to discover what it was that I was life is all about relationships, connecting peoloving first time around.
ple and bringing them together. Im very
Prior to moving to Miami, the Southampton- blessed that Im doing that.
born musician hinted that he felt pressured to
Having moved back to the UK just under a
turn around new tracks and albums, even when year ago, David tells me he is still close to his
he was not completely happy with the final Grenadian father, George, who formerly played
version.
bass in a reggae band called Ebony Rockers,
He tells me: With the first album, you had and mother, Tina. His parents separated when
all the time in the world to create. But when he was eight.
you have a time frame for your creativity, its
While he grew up with Christian values from
about hitting the right time slot. Music is an art his father, he says he equally feels a link to his
form, its something that takes time and needs mothers heritage and has a very strong conto grow.
nection with Jewish people.
While out in Miami, David had that chance
He explains: My manager, Colin Lester, is
to take his time just living life and began Jewish, as is Alex Fisher, who looks after me,
dabbling as a DJ. He hosted parties, known as and so too is my accountant and my lawyer. So
TS5, named after his Miami penthouse home, without even necessarily thinking about it,
Tower Suite 5. Five years on, he has toured there was this connection that started to hapclubs in France, Italy, Morocco, Moscow, South pen. Ive definitely seen its a beautiful commuKorea, Dubai and Beijing, and has a summer nity. I feel like they want to put people up on

Photos by Nicky Kelvin Photography

After rocketing to
fame Craig David took
time out, but hes now
back with a bang. He
tells Francine Wolfisz
how he found his
groove again and
why he loves Friday
night dinners

their shoulders and champion them and I love


that.
These days his schedule is getting pretty
busy, but when he is free, the singer reveals
that he also loves accepting invites for Friday
night dinner and that chicken soup always
goes down well.
He says: If Im not out performing, its lovely
to just spend time with everyone together.
Its something that many people miss out on,
regardless of whether you are Jewish or not. Its
just being in that environment where everyone
puts their phones away, youre having food,
youre enjoying the moment of just connecting
with people who are close to you and thats the
beautiful thing that is reinforced with it.
His earlier success, which includes sales of
more than 13 million albums, achieving multiplatinum status in more than 20 countries, has
made David a multimillionaire and he is listed
among todays richest young music stars.
But he also acknowledges that unlike his
teenage self, he now has a maturity that he
lacked when he first broke onto the music
scene aged 19.
Im definitely now in my lane, my zone of
knowing what really matters, he reveals.
Once you simplify life, you just flow and start
to enjoy stuff.
As a 16-year-old kid I was telling my mates,
no Im not coming out tonight, because I want
to finish my song and they couldnt understand
that. But those songs ended up being Seven
Days, Fill Me In and Walking Away. When you
add to that the wisdom of maturing, I know
what Im doing now.
Its amazing that I found my talent with
music and I never want to be in a situation
where Im doing it for any reason other to
enjoy, be creative and make people happy.

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FEATURES

NEVER MIND THE


KLEZMER...
... Jews have been involved in
every single facet of the music
industry, as Francine Wolfisz
finds out from an exhibition at
the Jewish Museum

orget for a moment about digital downloads, iPod nanos and streamed music.
In the days before sophisticated technology took over the way music is produced and
played, shellac and vinyl were king, and
gramophones, record players and jukeboxes
adorned our homes.
Now a new exhibition captures this sense of
vinyl revival and celebrates the Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers
and songwriters who have contributed to the
music industry over the past 100 years.
Jukebox, Jewkbox! runs at the Jewish Museum London until 16 October and was originally developed by the Jewish Museum
Hohenems, Austria, in collaboration with the
Jewish Museum Munich.
Walking into the exhibition is like stumbling
across an Aladdins cave of all things vinyl the
walls are adorned with no fewer than 400 iconic
record sleeves, while an illuminated 12-metrelong listening booth with 10 programmed iPads
runs through the centre of the room.
There are also 90 songs by Jewish artists
you can play on the beautiful and functioning
1950s coin-operated Rock-Ola jukebox, as
well as the comfy Jewtube lounge furnished
with beanbags, iPads and headphones, from
which to enjoy a selection of Jewish-themed

Above: More than 400 record sleeves, along with music technology, such as this Dansette jukebox,
left, are on show at the Jukebox Jewkbox! exhibition, which charts the history of music industry

music videos.
Theres no question, you can spend a good
few hours here, enthuses curator
Joanne Rosenthal.
The exhibition begins with the Jewish stories
behind the technology developed to bring
music to the masses. An early Edison phonograph, the oldest piece on display dating from
the late 1800s, is practically a giant next to the
newest, an iPod nano.
The phonograph, of course, was just the forerunner to the gramophone, the brainchild of
Jewish inventor Emile Berliner in 1887, along
with the very first record.
Seven gramophones from different eras are
on display, as well as another Jewish success
story the Dansette an iconic record player
designed by Russian-Jewish immigrant Morris
Margolin, which doubled as a stylish piece of
furniture.
These were very beautiful, collectible,
cool retro pieces and were a real revolution
in their day, explains Rosenthal. They were
very popular, too, during the 1950s and
1960s and its estimated that over a million
were sold in the UK alone.
The Margolin family were in the cabinetmaking business, but wanted to diversify and
came upon this idea of designing a desirable
crossover piece of furniture and music player.
The exhibition also gives a nod to Alex
Steinweiss, art director at Columbia Records,
who was the first to put forward the idea
of designing record sleeves. The idea was
trialled on Smash Song Hits in 1940 and
sales rocketed.
The story is a lovely segue to the main
room, where the fruits of Steinweiss idea can
be seen amongst a vast collection of iconic
record sleeves.
These include a section on the earliest
records from well-known cantors, including
Yossele Rosenblatt, Manfred Lewandowski
and Naftali Hershtik, the latter serving as
cantor at Finchley Synagogue.

There are also examples from the world of


Yiddish theatre, including Sholom Secunda
and Molly Picon, and such seminal tracks as
Mein Shtetele Belz, Yossel, Yossel and My Yiddishe Momme.
Jewish comedy records, which were bestsellers, also adorn the walls, from Sophie Tucker
to Woody Allen, as well as the risqu-ridden
Sexy Stories With A Yiddisha Flavor, while the
great composers behind the 20th centurys
most recognisable musicals are also on display
George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar
Hammerstein and Leonard Bernstein are just
a few among the number.
Moving on through the chronology, the
exhibition shows the wealth of Jewish people
involved as music producers Alain Levy, Phil
Spector, Clive Davis, Jerry Wexler and as
artists Barbra Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel,
Bob Dylan, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Mark
Knopfler and Billy Joel.
Theres also a section dedicated to Israeli
folk music, Jewish jazz musicians and Zionism.
While inconceivable today, The Battle for

Jerusalem The Six Day War is a live recording


made from the actual frontlines in 1967 of mortar bombs, artillery shells and machine guns.
For Rosenthal, her favourite exhibits include
the records produced for educational purposes,
because they illustrate the changing face of
British Jewry after the Second World War.
They were released in the 1960s and 1970s
following the secularisation and assimilation of
Jews in the UK, to help people learn how to
observe the Sabbath or follow the seder service.
The exhibition certainly conveys a sense of
nostalgia for all things vinyl, but equally it
shows a fascinating glimpse into the Jewish history behind the music industry.
Rosenthal adds: You can come to the exhibition and love it as a music fan, but just by
looking at the records, they can tell you a lot
about the people who were making them and
the people they were being made for.
Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl
runs until 16 October at Jewish Museum London,
Albert Street. Details: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Visitors to the Jewish Museum in Hohenems, relax in the Jewtube lounge, which has come to London

Photos by Jewish Museum Hohenems (Photo: Dietmar Walser)

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JEWEL OF THE RHINE


Lucy Daltroff follows the famous
footsteps of Theodor Herzl as
she explores the city of Basel

s I checked into the famous Three Kings


Hotel in Basel, it was an honour to be told:
We have given you the Theodor Herzl

suite
The Swiss hotel is one of the oldest in Europe
and Herzl was there for the first Zionist Congress
in 1897. As he wrote: In Basel, I founded the
Jewish State. Indeed, it was here that Herzl first
put into fruition his plans for the creation of the
country, based on his well-known phrase If you
will it, it is not a dream.
During a later congress in 1901, he was famously photographed from this very room leaning over the balcony by the River Rhine, and,
as I later discovered, the picture was actually airbrushed to remove the spire
of the cathedral in the background,
because it was thought to be inappropriate.
Today, the suite is a luxury
space which is extremely comfortable yet has retained its
original features and decor
and is a good place from
which to explore the city.
Basel is a picturesque city
and the third largest in
Switzerland. It has the unusual
feature of being so near the
borders of both France and Germany that the suburbs actually
stretch into both those countries.
The Rhine is hugely important to its
history, and our guide explained that
nowadays it is clean enough to be used for
leisure, daily in the warmer months but especially
on the annual Basel Rhine Swim, where thousands
of people get into the water. Swimmers have to
be proficient however, as the current is strong.
This water power was something I experienced
by crossing the Rhine in a ferry that uses the re-

action of the current against a fixed tether to propel the boat. It seems a rather old-fashioned
form of transport, but is good fun and, as it costs
just over a pound, affordable too.
Basel has always been important commercially,
initially through a thriving paper industry and now
because it is the headquarters of many companies involved in pharmaceuticals. In contrast, it is
also famous for its countless museums the city
boasts the highest density of them in the world.
The most visited is the Fondation Beyeler, an
art gallery housed in a stylish building designed
by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is perhaps
better known for the Pompidou Centre in
Paris and the London Shard.
A particular feature is that the
airy rooms look out on to landscaped gardens that match the
paintings on show. I was so
absorbed in one of Monets
water lily series that it took
me a moment to realise it
was situated next to a huge
window with a similar pond
outside. The whole atmosphere of the gallery exudes
elegance and relaxation
and it is easy to understand
its popularity.
In contrast, the biggest art
gallery is the Kunstmuseum and
there was an air of palpable excitement when I was there as a new
extension had just opened. It now
houses all the modern art and is linked to the old
building by an underground passage.
The entirely grey exterior and smooth grey interior made it unusual, and initially my thought
was the architecture was fighting too much to
gain attention.
In retrospect, I think that may have been just

Main picture: Basel enjoys a picturesque location on the river Rhine near the borders of France and Germany;
above left: painting of former visitor Theodor Herzl; right, inside the Othodox synagogue, inset, Lucy Daltroff

because it was so new, and really nothing can


actually detract from the huge body of work that
encompasses a famous selection of Holbeins
and five beautiful Chagalls.
The only Jewish museum in Switzerland is in
Basle, but it is tiny, difficult to find and has restrictive hours of entry, so I was not able to visit.
I found this disappointing when the town is so
important in a Jewish context.
However, I know it contains finds from medieval Jewish populations and a selection of volumes as Basel was the centre of Jewish book
publishing from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
In 1213, Basel was one of the largest communities in Europe and the first documented in
Switzerland. It was Jewish money that financed
the building of the first bridge over the Rhine,
but residents were forced to live outside the city
walls, were subject to curfew and allowed to
only work in the money-lending trade.
Later the community were blamed for the
plague and as a result 600 were massacred in
1349, followed by a 200-year period of exclusion.
Their children were spared but forcibly baptised. There was a return in the 16th century
when Basel began printing Hebrew texts and
needed help in the proofreading and again following the period of the French Revolution,
when more were allowed entry.
Today, the Jewish population is 2,000-strong

and recognised as a community under public


law, so that it is on equal terms with the church.
I was lucky enough to be shown round the main,
domed Orthodox synagogue, originally constructed in 1868, by the administrator, Joel
Weill, and able to appreciate just how tranquil
and attractive it is, despite being so large.
The complex also contains a smaller synagogue, as well as a primary school, kindergarten
and nursery.
Nearby is Israel Park, a grove of 40 trees presented to Basel by Israeli president Chaim Herzog, and which in its own small way adds to the
appeal of this attractive city.

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The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (The Three Kings Hotel):
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Jewish Museum of Switzerland: www.juedisches-museum.ch
Fondation Beyeler: www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/Home
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ITS BIBLICAL!
Everything you want to
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Torah characters... and
ones youve never heard of
BY RABBI BEN

KURZER

THIS WEEK: King Saul


IF JUDAISM debated saints or sinners, King
Saul would be top of the list. The first king of
Israel is one of historys most fascinating leaders.
His actions arouse such dichotomous approaches from commentators that he is constantly portrayed as hero and villain at once.
Let us reflect on some of the stories about
him to understand why he inspires such varied
attitudes and see what lessons we can draw for
ourselves from his achievements and failures.
We are introduced to Saul when he goes
looking for his fathers sheep. Our first encounter leaves a strong impression of a humble
man deeply interested in helping others.
The verses describe at length how far out of
his way he goes to find the sheep, demonstrating Sauls respect for his father.
The way he interacts with his servant is exemplary and shows his humility and care for each
individual. He clearly does not view himself as
being better than his servant and his unpretentiousness is a lesson worth learning from Saul.
Yet we will see that when taken too far, it

Sedra:
Chukat

BY RABBI ALEX

CHAPPER

has the potential to be something negative.


On that journey he meets Samuel, the leading prophet at the time, who is instructed by
God to anoint Saul as king.
Samuel informs Saul that he will be king and
Saul, true to his character, does not believe
himself great enough for the role.
He doesnt even tell his family about having
met the foremost prophet of the day and being
informed he will be appointed king, presumably
because he is shying away from the limelight.
When the time comes actually to anoint him,
Saul hides and the people have to find him.
From a promising beginning, Sauls end is sad.
Ultimately, he seems really to want the kingship
only when it is stripped away from him. Davids
appointment as his successor begins a pursuit in
which Saul harasses David until his final day.
Humility is a wonderful quality that we
should all cultivate, but taken too far it can lead
a person to deny or subdue talents that should
be used for the best.
There comes a time when it is important to
stand up and fulfil a role that is required of us.
Modesty does not mean we hide our talents
or shy away from them. Rather, we use them
in the best way possible while not flaunting
them or glorifying ourselves through them.
Ben Kurzer is assistant rabbi at Edgware United Synagogue

IT WAS the original Watergate scandal the


most shocking incident of the 40 years in the
desert and it cost Moses his place in the Promised Land.
Here is the background. Moses sister Miriam
had just died and the well, which had miraculously watered the Children of Israel during
their wandering in the wilderness, dried up.
The people complain to Moses and he is instructed by God to take his staff and speak to
a rock so that it will produce drinking water to
quench their thirst and quell their rebellion.
But instead of conversing with the rock, he
hits it twice, releasing the water but at the
same time incurring the wrath of God.
This perplexing episode has exercised the
minds of all the major commentaries throughout the centuries.
Of them, we turn to the Kli Yakar (16th-century Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz) for a
fascinating insight.
Questioning why Moses was told to take his
staff with him if it was not intended for use,
and the significance of the rock being struck,
we are directed to cast our minds back nearly
40 years.
As recorded in the sedra of Beshalach, the
Children of Israel, shortly after having left
Egypt, complain they have nothing to drink

and Moses is directed by God to take his staff


and strike the rock, which he duly does and
water emerges from it.
But rather than making the later occurrence
seem even more bizarre, this actually holds the
key to our understanding of it.
There is a major difference in these two situations. In the first, the people, newly
emerged free from slavery, have witnessed the
most awesome miracles both in Egypt, at the
splitting of the Sea and in the desert and their
experience is symbolised by Moses staff and
its supernatural power to bring forth water
from a rock.
However, the people are now on the verge
of entering the Land of Israel, where they will
have to become intimately involved in nature,
physically cultivating the earth to provide for
their needs.
It is this that is represented by Moses being
required to speak to the rock instead of striking it. The fact that Moses was unable to release the water through speech alone is
alluded to much earlier in his career.
This is when he admits: I am not a man of
words, and thus proves to his followers that
his purely spiritual leadership would be insufficient for the challenges that lay ahead upon
entry into Israel.
The Kli Yakar concludes that utilising the
staff was appropriate when the Children of Israel were in their infancy, but a different approach was apposite now they have matured,
one that necessitated withholding the staff and
speaking to the rock.
Through this, God was conveying that in future the people should not respond just to the
beating of persecution, but rather to words of
admonition from their leaders.
Alex Chapper is minister of Ilford Federation
Synagogue and is the Childrens Rabbi
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TZEDEK (JUSTICE) and tikkun olam (repair of the


world) are values that for many not only form the
core of their Jewish identity, but provide a progressive framework for their political activism.
Jews have, since the Labour Partys establishment, found themselves at the heart of the wider
movement. Giants of Labours past like Manny
Shinwell, Ian Mikardo and Lewis Silkin, were just
few of the many British Jews who expressed the
unity of their Jewish values with the values of
equality and social justice that form the central
platform of the party.
Thats why the growing unease over antiSemitism within Labour does not feel simply like
a temporary problem that requires some structural corrections. Instead, it is visceral.
While it does not go as far as many would have
wished, the positives that can be drawn from the
Chakrabarti Inquiry must not be lost into the farce
of its launch. Little comfort will have been provided to those feeling excluded from the party,
having witnessed a Jewish MP subjected to the
age-old troupe of conspiracy and media control.
As intemperate behaviours grow, abusive language deployed, and thoughts and views delegitimised, the risk becomes the undoing of a century
of progressive Jewish action. Instead we are left
with a Labour Party that no longer provides a
space for those wishing to build on the legacy of

generations progressive Jewish politicians and activists who have fought for a fairer Britain.
We must learn to better own our progressive
Zionism and not allow others to define it for us.
The Labour family comprises many communities
that have undergone the same story of migration, integration and representation the Jews of
post-emancipation Britain underwent.
They would no more be denied their historic,
cultural, language, economic ties with their familial
country as Jews should be of Israel. We must consistently remind the British left of the Israeli left,
and strengthen our joint commitment to achieving
a two-state settlement for Israel and Palestine.
Equally, there is an even greater need to speak
out when our Jewish values are impinged by the
injustices happening around us.
Our values and collective experience afford us
insights into many of the major disagreements
taking place within society and the civic space.
A credible Jewish voice must speak out not
only on brit milah, shechita and Israel, but also on
immigration, low pay, economic inequality and
the growing care crisis for older people.
Persistence in campaigning alongside our
neighbours on the causes where we seek change
doesnt just make us more effective through collective action, but builds our resilience when we
face tough challenges like the one we face today.
Anti-Semtism has no place within the Labour
Party. Jews however have every right, and must
stay to fight within it.
Peter Mason is a Labour councillor in Ealing and
national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement

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As a five-year-old boy, I remember running around our family apartment in Malta singing at
the top of my voice, You make
me feel like a natural woman in
a skirt (my mum was the best!).
Decades later, Carole is 74
and still at the top of her game.
At her first British concert in 25
years, she rocked Hyde Park in
front of 50,000 adoring fans,
playing her seminal album Tapestry in full and a selection of
her other greatest hits.
As well as her classic tracks
which include You've Got A

Friend and Its Too Late shes


also famous for the songs she either wrote, or had covered by,
some of musics most famous
names from The Beatles and The
Drifters to Dusty Springfield and
Aretha Franklin.
Theres currently a Carole King
musical, Beautiful, running in the
West End and the 1990s film
Grace of My Heart was based on
her life story.
So what I can say about my
hero that isnt already well
known?
How about that Carole King is
the perfect example of how immigrants and their descendants
add to the richness of a country?

Something that desperately


needs highlighting in the todays
world of Brexit and Donald
Trump.
Born Carol Joan Klein in a
Jewish neighbourhood of Brooklyn, America, it was her grandmothers love of music that
inspired Carole to pursue a career in the industry.
But her grandmother almost
never made it to the US. First she
had to flee persecution in Russia,
only narrowly escaping a pogrom
that killed 32 of her neighbours.
On the other side Caroles
family, her fathers parents came
to America from Poland illiterate
and with just $2 between them.
They were detained and were
going to be denied entry, had a
cousin not stepped forward and
promised to support them.
Two generations later, these
people who had come to the
West afraid and with nothing,
gave the world one of the greatest singers well ever know.

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With

PLATE
Turkish fish stew
This is a really tasty stew full of the flavours
of the Mediterranean. Make with tilapia
fillets, but if not available substitute using
sea bream or sea bass. This is relatively
quick to make unlike a meat-based stew;
fish pieces cook quickly. I rather like this
as a dinner party dish as it really takes
little effort to make and serve and looks
so impressive on a plate. Enjoy with
cous cous or crispy bread.
.

Denise
Phillips

PREPARATION TIME
20 MINS

Serves

COOKING TIME
15 MINUTES

Method

1 Heat the oil in a large deep saucepan over a


medium heat.

2 Add the onions, garlic, ginger and flavour with


the sumac, chilli and cumin. Cook for about 5
minutes.
3 Add the peppers, tilapia, wine, lemon and
stock.
4 Transfer to the lined baking tin, pack and
firmly bake for 10 minutes.
5 Bring to the boil, simmer covered for 5 minutes.
6 Add the capers, artichoke hearts and olives.
Season and simmer for a final 5 minutes.
7 Transfer to a large dish and sprinkle with
chopped parsley.

Garnish
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Countdown to start of Olympics: 2 2 days

LOOKING TO MAKE
A SPLASH IN BRAZIL

The first of our four-part preview to next months Olympic Games


looks at Israels hopes in swimming, tennis and on the golf course
SWIMMERS YAAKOV Toumarkin and Andrea Murez
became the first Israelis to qualify for the Games fifteen months ago and are two of six swimmers who
will be competing at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
Toumarkin, 24, will be competing at his second
Games, he finished in seventh place in the 200m
backstroke four years ago in London, an event hes
also competing in next month.
He warmed up for Rio by winning silver at Mays
European Swimming Championships in London,
and said: That win gave me a lot of strength and
confidence ahead of Rio.
Murez, who made aliyah from the States
last year, booked her place in the 50m
freestyle event in Brazil by swimming a
new Israeli record time of 25.12. She
said: I thought I swam really well and
was delighted to have qualified.
Of the remaining four swimmers, Gal
Nevo and Amit Ivry also both swam in
London, though neither managed to
qualify for the finals.
The most recent addition to the squad
was Laetitia Beck, who will be taking part in
the golf tournament, which returns to the Games
after a 112-year absence. The 24-year-old has won
the Israeli Open Golf Championship five times the
first when she was 12, and also won gold at both
the 2009 and 2013 Maccabiah Games.
The only LPGA player from Israel, debuting on
the tour in December 2014, she said: Im very excited to be participating in the Olympics. It has always been a dream of mine to represent Israel at
the highest level. I feel honored to be given this opportunity and Im sure it will be a week I will never

forget. Thank you to all those who have supported


me on and off the course, Im forever grateful.
Telling ESPN how she is proud of her heritage,
Belgian-born Beck, who always wears a Star of David
necklace and symbol on her golf bag, said: Im not
too religious, its more about the culture than religion. On the high holy days Ill go to temple.
Keeping kosher on tour, she missed out on a college tournament back in 2001 due to it clashing
with Yom Kippur.
Shooter Sergey Richter sealed his place at Rio
by winning bronze at the European Games in
Baku last month. The 26-year-old, who also
competed in London, said: I had a tough
season because I kept coming up short
in my quest to qualify for Rio. The pressure going into that tournament was unbearable and it took me a few seconds
to regain my composure in the final
once I realised I clinched at place in the
Olympics.
Enjoying a first ever appearance at the
Games will be Israels top tennis player Dudi
Sela. The 31-year-old will become Israels first
man to take part in the singles tournament since
1992. Ranked 63 in the world, he suffered first round
exits in both the singles and doubles tournaments
at SW19 over the past couple of weeks, and is currently in the US, where hes competing at the Hall
of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. He
said: Im excited and looking forward to it. I just
hope I can get some confidence in Newport ahead
of the start of Rio. Also not worried about the Zika
virus in Brazil, he added: Theres no problem for
me maybe if I was a woman and pregnant.

Clockwise from top left: swimmers Amit Ivry & Yaakov Toumarkin, golfer Laetitia Beck, shooter
Sergey Richter & tennis hopeful Dudi Sela

Dutch despair as
duo fall just short

Yossi debut goal


secures Europa win

SPRINTER OLGA Lenskiy and


high jumper Maayan Shahaf
will miss out on next months
Olympic Games after both
failed to reach the Olympic
qualification mark at the opening day of the European Athletics Championships in
Amsterdam.
Lenskiy (pictured) needed
to record a time of 23.20 seconds in the 200m heats,
though finished the third heat
in fifth place, in a time of 23.90.
Shahaf had to clear 1.93m in
the high jump, though finished
25th out of 26 places, only
recording 1.80m.
Brazil-bound Donald Sanford reached the semi-finals of
the 400m, while hammer

MACCABI TEL AVIV and Beitar


Jerusalem moved a step closer to
securing their place in next seasons Europa League, as they
booked their places in the second qualifying round.
Yossi Benayoun (pictured)
scored ten minutes into his debut
in Tel Avivs 1-0 win over Slovenian
side Gorica, completing a 4-0 aggregate win, they next take on
Kazakhstan side FC Kairat Almaty.
Benayoun said: Its always great
to score but whats most important is that we advanced to the
next round.
Omar Atzilis 67th minute
penalty was enough to see
Jerusalem earn a 1-0 aggregate
win over Bosnia & Herzegovina
side Sloboda Tuzla. Manager Ben

thrower Oleksandr Drygol,


who in the past has represented Ukraine, was given permission by the IAAF to
represent Israel, though he
failed to reach the final.

Gymnasts tie up bronze


The Israeli National Artistic Gymnastics side continued their
preparations for Rio by winning bronze at the World Cup in
Kazan, Russia. Recording 17.350 points, they finished behind
winners Bulgaria and hosts Russia.

Shimon said: We got a bit of the


luck that you need, but we will
progress from week to week and
will be better. They next face
Cypriot side AC Omonia. Both
first leg games take place later
today, and theyre joined in the
draw by Maccabi Haifa, who face
Estonian side JK Nomme Kalju.

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Picture: The Olympic Committee of Israel

ITS GAMES
ON FOR ISRAEL!

President urges largestever Olympic team to


make history in Brazil

BY ANDREW

SHERWOOD
ISRAELI PRESIDENT Reuven
Rivlin has told Israels largest
ever Olympic Games delegation to make history at next

months Games in Rio.


Hosting the countrys 47
Olympic athletes four more
than the record set in Beijing in
2008 and 30 Paralympians at
the Presidential Residence in
Jerusalem, Rivlin told them:
Youve all done so successfully

[to reach Rio], now its your turn


to reap the fruits of fame and
make history. We trust you and
are confident you will bring
medals home.
Read the first part of our
Olympics preview page 37

Radi shoots
down Sheriff
HAPOEL BEER Sheva claimed
a dramatic late win in their
Champions League debut on
Tuesday night.
Substitute Maharan Radis
90th minute penalty gave the
Israeli champions a 3-2 win
over Moldovan side FC Sheriff
Tiraspol, in the first leg of their
second qualifying round tie.
Beer Sheva fell behind in
the 21st minute through
Josip Ivancics header, though
the visitors were then reduced to ten men when Fidan
Aliti was sent-off by Spanish
referee Carlos Del Cerro for a
second yellow card, even
though TV replays suggested
the foul was committed by
Seidu Yahaya. Maor Buzaglo
missed the resulting penalty,

but John Ogus 43rd minute


ensured the sides went in
level at the break.
Beer Sheva did convert
from the penalty spot five
minutes into the second
half through Elyaniv Barda,
only for Josip Brezovec to
draw the visitors level in
the 64th minute.
The Israelis did though ensure they go into next
weeks second leg with a
slight advantage, substitute
Radi successfully converting
from the spot.
Failure to reach the third
qualifying round of the Champions League, the second leg
takes place on Tuesday, will
see them drop down to the
Europa League play-offs.

Hapoel Beer Sheva players celebrate their late win

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