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Jewish Syrian
child refugee
arrives in UK
English-speaking boy hopes
for new British home after
fleeing war-torn country
A Syrian child refugee with Jewish
heritage has arrived at the UK Visas
and Immigration office in Croydon,
along with other unaccompanied
children fleeing the war-torn region.
The unidentified English-speaking
boy reportedly told social workers that
his Judaism was important to him
prompting community calls for a recognised Jewish foster- carer to assist with
his temporary and long-term placement.
Jewish News understands that West
London Synagogue is taking a leading
role in this urgent search.
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior
rabbi of the Reform Movement, who has
made numerous visits to the so-called
Calais jungle in northern France from
where many of the children have been
transferred, told Jewish News: When
Jews look across at refugees in Europe,
we see a reflection of ourselves. Weve
campaigned and stood up as one community willing to help. Nows the time to act
on our promise. Now that children are
coming here from Calais, I know well see

our shuls and homes open to helping refugees and to returning the care and sanctuary we ourselves received in Britain.
Many of the children who have arrived
in the UK have come here as a result of
the successful Dubs Amendment, a
landmark piece of legislation put forward
by the former Kindertransport child refugee, Lord Dubs, now a Labour peer.
His amendment committed the government to accept at least 3,000 unaccompanied minors, particularly the
most vulnerable, from camps in France,
Italy and Greece. The French authorities
began razing the Calais camp this week
and it is understood at least 500 children
may be eligible from Calais alone.
Lord Dubs greeted the initial arrival
of some children as a great start. He
said: Im delighted that, at long last, it
has finally happened and children who
qualify under the amendment are being
brought to safety. We must remember
there is much more to do and many more
children who need protection, but this is
a great start.

A young boy shows support for Calais refugees at a rally near Downing Street last week

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Jewish News 27 October 2016

News / Labour in crisis, Walkers appeal

Labours at
crisis point
Labours relationship with the Jewish
community is now in real crisis, a
former shadow cabinet minister warned
this week, following yet more allegations
about the timing of the peerage given to
former Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.
Former shadow education secretary
Tristram Hunt said questions about
the timing of the honour for Baroness
Chakrabarti, who led an inquiry into
anti-Semitism within Labour, would
add to distrust between Jews and the
party.
The Telegraph said Jeremy Corbyn
discussed with his team giving
Chakrabarti a peerage in March amid
claims that sources suggested she
was aware her name was listed before
agreeing to conduct the anti-Semitism
inquiry.
A spokesman for Corbyn rejected
the allegation, insisting that the offer of
a peerage was made only after the publication of her report.
A spokesman for the Labour leader
told the newspaper: The offer of a

peerage was only made to Shami after


her report was published as part of Camerons resignation honours.
The newspaper reported that
Chakrabartis name was added to a longlist of potential new peers before she was
approached to conduct the investigation
into anti-Semitism.
It said sources had suggested that the
peer was told this prior to the announcement on 29 April that she would chair
the independent inquiry.
Baroness Chakrabarti, now shadow
attorney general, denies being made
aware her name was on a longlist before
Corbyn officially approached her in July.
Hunt said Baroness Chakrabartis
report, which was published on 30 June,
was a missed opportunity to deal with
the issue of anti-Semitism.
He told BBC Radio 4s Westminster
Hour: I dont know the timeline on this,
but what I do know is that the Labour
Partys relationship with the Jewish
community is in real crisis and any hint
of some kind of transactional deal with
Shami and the leaders office will only

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LABOUR REPORT

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Baroness Chakrabarti

(cause) further distrust.


I cant tell you how pained so many
Labour MPs and Labour members are at
the virus of anti-Semitism, which seems
to be infecting the party and Shami had
a real opportunity to deal with it and
confront it and address it and that was
a missed opportunity and were still
reaping the consequences of it.
He added: We have a great history
with the Jewish community in the UK
and that is being put at risk.
Corbyn has described anti-Semitism
as evil and insisted Labour has taken
greater action on the issue than any
other party.
An inquiry by the cross-party Home
Affairs Select Committee earlier this
month said the Chakrabarti report was
clearly lacking in many areas and

raised questions about the timing of her


elevation to the Lords.
The MPs said Baroness Chakrabarti
had not been sufficiently open about
when she was offered the peerage and
did not foresee that the timing of her
elevation to the Lords alongside a report
absolving Mr Corbyn of responsibility
for anti-Semitism would undermine
her efforts to address the issue.
It is equally concerning that Mr
Corbyn did not consider the damaging
impression likely to be created by this
sequence of events, the MPs said.
In his response to the committee,
Corbyn said Baroness Chakrabarti was
appointed to the Lords only after she
had completed her unprecedented
report on anti-Semitism in the Labour
Party.

The Jewish Labour Movement


has earned a place on the committee charged with implementing Shami Chakrabartis recommendations.
The
national
executive
committees equalities subcommittee has responsibility for
ensuring the participiation and
representation of women, LGBT
and other minority communities
in the party.
It will also oversee the
implementation of the reports
from Chakrabarti and Baroness
Royall.
A JLM spokesperson said:
Until now the NEC equalities
sub-committee has lacked
Jewish representation.
Now that this key committee
will be implementing the two
reports on anti-Semitism and
considering the Home Affairs
Select Committee report, JLM is
delighted to have successfully
argued the case for permanent
representation.
Party figures came together
for a rally against anti-Semitism
and racism, organised by JLM,
at last months conference in
Liverpool.

Walker crowdfunds appeal


A Labour activist suspended from the party over
allegations of anti-Semitism is seeking to raise
funds through crowd-sourcing to mount a legal
action against the partys general secretary Iain
McNicol.
Jackie Walker who was first suspended by
the party last May and is Jewish is aiming to
raise 10,000 through the crowdjustice website.
In a statement posted on the website, she said
the leaked details of the investigation before
she had even been informed of her suspension
amounted to a breach of data protection laws.
She said that the resulting publicity had
resulted in a widespread hate campaign

Jackie Walker wants to raise 10,000

against her. This case matters as my story is one


of many where Labour members have found
themselves in a similar position, she said.
Walker, a member of the hard left Momentum
group was subsequently re-instated by the party
after being cleared of anti-Semitism before
being suspended again.

Ex-diplomats
top digital role
The former British ambassador to Israel has
been appointed to lead this countrys charge
to maximise use of digital technology.
Matthew Gould , who was instrumental
in driving the burgeoning tech relationship
by setting up the UK-Israel tech hub, has
moved to the Department for Culture, Media
and Sport, to become the governments first
Director General for Digital and Media.
He will help build a digital ecosystem
where bright ideas can become successful
companies, ensure the UK has world-class
connectivity and reduce the number of
people excluded from the digital economy.
He said: Our economy is powered by

Matthew Gould is in charge of digital and media

innovation and we want Britain to be the


safest place to do business and go online.
Im determined to tackle these challenges to help make the UK the best place
in the world to start and grow a digital
company.
Gould also previously led the cabinet
offices cyber security unit.

27 October 2016 Jewish News

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LFI peace project / Balfour protest / News

New coexistence fund

Lib Dem candidate


resigns over Tonge

The chair of Labour Friends of Israel will


travel to Washington next week to support
a new fund for coexistence projects
between Israelis and Palestinians, writes
Justin Cohen.
The group launched a campaign in
Parliament yesterday under the banner
For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace urging
the UK government to support the creation
of the International Fund for IsraeliPalestinian Peace, which it is hoped will
distribute 150 million annually to support
coexistence and reconciliation initiatives.
Money will come from the US where
a bill has already been introduced in
Congress as well as Europe, the Arab
world and the private sector.
Conceived by the US-based Alliance
for Middle East Peace, it is inspired by the
International Fund for Ireland, which
spent more than $1.2bn over 20 years
building grassroots cooperation and
support for peace in Northern Ireland.
The launch was addressed by Ian Lucas,
former shadow Middle East minister, and
Joel Braunold, executive director of the
Alliance for Middle East Peace.
LFI director Jennifer Gerber said:
Projects that bring ordinary Israelis
and Palestinians together are absolutely
essential for a lasting peace in the Middle
East, and we in Britain must do everything

A former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has quit


the party over its handling of a
complaint against Jenny Tonge.
Matthew Harris, who stood
for the Hendon constituency in
2010, said the final straw not
to renew came when the party
refused to act against the peer
for sharing an article referring to
Jewish power and Labour.
Our view is that an opinion
can be controversial and even
offensive but still fall short of
being racist, the partys regional
parties committee ruled. Any
desire not to offend also needs
to be balanced against the right
to criticise in the strongest terms
the actions of... governments.
Tonge, who sits as a crossbencher in the Lords after
resigning the party whip in 2012,
is still a member of the Lib Dems.
Harris wrote in a blog that
the committees response beggars belief. He added: Talk of
Jewish power has nothing at all
to do with the right to criticise in
the strongest terms the actions
of states and governments. Any
committee that does not under-

Labour Friends of Israel aims to promote coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians

we can to support them. Now, more than


ever, its vital that the government supports
the work on the ground that will lay the
foundations for a two-state solution.
Both LFI and Conservative Friends of
Israel have repeatedly called for more of its
aid funding to the Palestinians to be spent
on coexistence projects.
Joan Ryan will become the first LFI
chair to travel to a country other than
Israel in her official capacity. She said:
My visit to Washington underlines the

importance LFI attaches to our campaign


to persuade the UK government to back
the establishment of the International
Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and to
increase our support for coexistence work.
I shall be meeting with those who are
campaigning for the creation of the fund
in the US, hearing about the congressional
efforts on behalf of it and finding out
more about the US governments support
for people-to-people projects in IsraelPalestine.

Applause for Shoah slur


A panel at the House of Lords,
chaired by controversial antiIsrael peeress Baroness Tonge,
applauded a man for declaring,
If anyones antiSemitic, its
the Israelis themselves, at
a launch event for the Balfour Apology Campaign on
Tuesday.
Another
man
was
applauded for suggesting
the Holocaust had justified
Zionism and that Jews were
responsible.
The event took place under
the auspices of the Palestinian
Return Centre and was timed

to take place ahead of the 99th


anniversary commemorations
of the Balfour Declaration, on
2 November.
Among those on the panel
were the Palestine Liberation
Organisations diplomatic representative, Manuel Hassassian, Betty Hunter, honorary
president of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, writer Karl
Sabbagh, and the president of
the Palestinian Return Centre,
Majed al-Zeer.
Plans have been in place
to demand an apology from
Britain for the Balfour Decla-

ration since 2013, calling for


the government to regret its
past colonial crimes in Palestine and insisting that the
Declaration had no basis of
legal authority.
The renewal of the Balfour
Apology Campaign is intended
to coincide and scupper
next years centenary celebrations, which are due to be
marked jointly by Britain and
Israel.
The UK government, under
David Cameron, rejected any
suggestion that any apology
would be made.

LAST CALL FOR SURVIVORS


An organisation thats provided hundreds of UKbased Holocaust survivors with a total of 1.4million in financial aid is launching its last appeal.
Before the Six Point Foundation closes in
March, it is making a last-gasp plea to help those
who fled or suffered under the Nazis.
SPF assists Shoah victims with services to
improve quality of life, including home adaptations, travel and temporary care and its work particularly helps those whose problems are a direct
result of their experience.
One survivor was forced into hiding at a young
age in damp conditions, which caused lung development issues. The foundation assisted them
with a costly lung transplant abroad.
It made its first grants in 2012 following the

former Otto Schiff Housing Association expendable endowment to SFP. It has since helped hundreds of survivors and refugees.
A spokesperson told Jewish News: Since
2012, SPF has been able to make more than 1,000
grants directly to Holocaust survivors and refugees in financial need, some of which have been
truly life-changing. For our final few months we
will be encouraging all UK survivors and refugees
to be in contact with one of our partner agencies.
We will rest easier if we fade away knowing
that every survivor and refugee is very clear about
where to turn should they ever need support.
If you know a survivor or refugee who could
benefit, call 020 3372 8882 or email info@sixpoint
foundation.org.uk

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Baroness Jenny Tonge

stand this lacks the intellectual


rigour, nous and sensitivity to do
its job properly.
This committee demonstrates the sort of muddled
thinking that sadly got the Liberal Democrats where they are
today. They can, of course, do
what they like. But they can do it
without me.
Harris resigned before Tonge
provoked fresh anger with her
reaction to the Home Affairs
Select Committee report into
anti-Semitism, incidents of
which, she said, reflected the
disgust among the general public
of the way the government of
Israel treats Palestinians.

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News / Interfaith succah / Essex schools future

Mosque celebrates Succot


A London mosque played host to a local synagogues succah throughout the festival in a historic first for the UK, writes Justin Cohen.
Congregants of Brondesbury Park shul and
Al-Khoei Foundation mosque built the structure
in the latters forecourt following an initiative
from the Three Faiths Forum. It came after several London synagogues hosted meals in recent
years for Muslims to break the Ramadan fast.
Yousif Al-Khoei, public affairs for the Foundation, told Jewish News: We passionately believe
in the power of goodness in people and try to
break some of the barriers that exist. The Jewish
community has hosted Muslim communities
for iftar, so we thought we should do something
similar. It emphasises the power of charity and of
food in bringing people together.
The open nature of the succah meant all visitors could see it. Muslim school pupils learnt
about the festival during a visit, while Muslim and
Jewish families mingled at a breakfast on Sunday.
Al-Khoei said the response had been generally positive. This breakfast shows we have the
support of the grassroots. All of our scriptures
emphasise the power of good neighbourly relations. I dont think this is bold as such but its certainly long overdue. We hope this kind of action
will be normal in future.
Rabbi Baruch Levin, of Brondesbury Park
shul, described the experience as absolutely
magical and thanked the courageous mosque.

Rabbi Baruch Levin outside the mosque with Yousif Al-Khoei

A succah is the ultimate equaliser; its all


about openness, recognising we all rely on divine
protection and that life is too transient to spend
time squabbling, he said.
Seeing our children running around the
mosque feeling uninhibited and, in time, youngsters from the mosque coming to our synagogue
will break down some of the psychological barriers between the next generation. I witnessed
girls chatting and playing on the floor together
and it was a fantastic sign; the next generation
will be equipped with more effective tools than
our generation to deal with interfaith relations.

UCS pupil Max Friend was visiting a mosque


for the first time. With the news, youre reading
the negatives, said the 15-year-old. I can see we
have a lot in common. I was talking to one boy
about exams and he gave me tips on what to do.
Mustafa Field, director of the Faiths Forum
for London who was joined at the breakfast
by Rabbi Natan Levy said: What looks like a
simple project represents a pronounced willingness on the part of both communities to stand
united. Food, people and a hut with no doors
where everyone is invited is a great combination.
Editorial comment, page 12

PA ARRESTS FOR
VISITING SUCCAH
The mayor of the West Bank city of Efrat called on
the Palestinian Authority to release four Palestinians who were arrested after visiting his succah.
Oded Revivi, who is also the chief foreign
envoy of the Yesha Council settlement body,
issued a statement on Sunday, four days after
the men joined several dozen other Palestinians
living near Efrat in visiting the succah along with
about 30 Jewish Israelis as part of a peace event.
The men were arrested the next day and reportedly continue to be held in jail.
It is absurd that having coffee with Jews is
considered a crime by the Palestinian Authority.
Initiatives that seek to foster cooperation and
peace between people should be encouraged, not
silenced, he said.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Muhammad
Taha, PA deputy governor of Bethlehem, said the
incident was under investigation and the men
will be held accountable under Palestinian law.
He said Palestinians condemn the visit and that
visiting settlers is completely unacceptable.

Palestinians join Efrat mayor Oded Revivi

KKS future under review


North-east Londons only Jewish secondary school, Kantor King Solomon,
has announced a wide-ranging
review to discuss its future and
Jewish education in the area once
the most densely populated Jewish
community in Europe.
But in a strongly-worded statement to Jewish News, the co-chairs
of the school governors, Dr Richard
Burack and Mrs Stephani Sollosi, said
that in response to last weeks speculation we can certainly confirm that
we have no plans to move the school.
The co-chairs of the school, known
as KKS, say they feel a sharp sense
of responsibility, not only for the

school as it currently exists, but for


the future of secondary educational
provision for the Jewish community
across north-east London.
The governors say they are
keeping all options open and want
to maintain the very highest standards of Jewish education. They
made clear to Jewish News that we
will only be able to have substantive
discussions about the future of our
successful school when we have completed a thorough review process.
The review, which is to be undertaken in association with PaJeS, the
Partnership for Jewish Schools which
is a division of the Jewish Leadership

Council. More than 34,000 Jewish


children have been educated in 117
Jewish schools in Britain in the last
20 years, and regular reviews are held
to monitor the growth of population
and the needs of parents and children.
Recent questions about the future
of KKS had suggested that the governors were considering moving
the school, whose Jewish intake has
dropped by a third, to a different location in north London.
But a source close to the governors told Jewish News this week that
a move is not the primary objective
of the review. The review is designed
to look at provisions for the students,

and their needs will be at the forefront of this inquiry.


David Collins, director of Young
People and Young Families for the
United Synagogue, said: As the foundation body, the US is working closely
with the school and we fully support

the wide-ranging review. It will be


invaluable in planning a bright future
for the school and all of its stakeholders. Any speculation about a plan
to relocate KKS is unfounded. This
is just one of numerous options that
may need to be considered.

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News / Animal testing / Teaching tolerance

Uni rejects cruelty claims


One of Israels top universitys has derided
ludicrous allegations by a British Jewish student about animal abuses in one of its laboratories, writes Jack Mendel.
Rosie Leizrowice, 19, this week accused Tel
Aviv Universitys (TAU) Zoological Garden of
horrific animal cruelty including starvation,
overcrowding and keeping mice in rotting in
cages with dead family members in effluence
up to six-inches deep.
The Southampton university student, who
was born in Israel and was volunteering at the
garden with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Care for Endangered
Animals Programme, took her claims to the
organisation.
She told Jewish News: The most shocking
moment was when I found a box of about 50
newborn mice. The only food they had was lettuce, which isnt sufficient for rodents, and they
were left outside in 50 degree heat with no ventilation in an area with predatory birds.
To me it seems the intention was for them
to die in the sun, because there was no other
possible outcome if I had not found them and
moved them into shade.
I saw negligence, like things not being
cleaned, damage not being repaired, overpopulation allowed to happen to the point where it
seemed actively cruel.
She added that staff members advised her
to not view the animals as living things as
it would make the work easier. She added:
After a few attempts at speaking to staff about

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my worries, it was very clear


their beds changed at longer
they werent willing to listen
intervals when the animals
to me, so I contacted PETA. It
enter a period of inactivity.
felt cowardly to see what was
It added that cleaning cages
really going on and ignore it.
was precisely the task of the volHowever, Tel Aviv Univerunteer who complained that the
sity summarily rejected her
cages were allegedly not being
baseless claims in a detailed
cleaned and rejected Leizro11-point response, saying her
wices complaint about animals
allegations arise from disbeing left deliberately in the
turbing ignorance about its
heat as a blatant, baseless lie.
care methods.
It also addressed the comThe institution, which Concerns: Rosie Leizrowice plaint that animals were left to
tests on animals for medical readie in the heat, saying that anisons, says Leizrowice harmed animals when mals in every cage have access to shade 24/7, and
cleaning cages and mixed animals from dif- on excessively hot days, sprinklers are activated
ferent groups and even different species which to cool down the temperature. In addition, our
caused aggressiveness and mutual injuries. rodents live in the wild in Israel, most of them in
It added that when the caretaker in charge deserts, and are accustomed to heat, sometimes
brought this to her attention, she disappeared even preferring high temperatures typical of
and never came back.
their natural habitats.
According to PETAs formal complaint,
A PETA spokesperson outlined controverwhich was based on Leizrowices report, ani- sial tests conducted at TAU, including orthomals at the Zoological Research laboratory pedic injury experiments, in which rats were
were left to suffer 100 degree-heat fahrenheit subjected to injuries of the rotator cuff before
while unwanted adult animals were gassed to being killed, and their shoulders were hardeath in large numbers and adds that up to 30 vested, claims TAU rejected.
rodents are kept in space no larger than a sheet
It said: [The Zoological Garden] operof typing paper, while tiny cages contained up ates according to international guidelines for
to 50 animals. Cages throughout the facility are guarding the well-being of the animals in its
filled with dirt and animal waste that accumu- care, adding that, at the last inspection of the
lates up to six inches deep.
facility by the National Council for Animal
But TAU responded by saying some cages Experimentation, in June, no inadequacies in
are washed daily, while others are cleaned and animal care were found.

UJS welcomes report Liverpool football


Jewish students have praised a constructive report into harassment,
including anti-Semitic abuse.
The Union of Jewish Students (UJS)
welcomed the release of the Universities UK Taskforce (UUK) for providing
productive and encouraging recommendations to tackle anti-Semitism on
campus.
The UUK publication examines violence against women,
harassment and hate crime, and
details the need for better reporting
of anti-Semitism and stronger support
by academic institutions for Jewish students to speak out.
It says that, although there have been
a relatively low number of reported
incidents, Jewish community leaders

JERUSALEM AND TEL


AVIV BEST CITIES
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are
among the 40 best cities in the
world, says Cond Nast Traveller
magazine. Tel Aviv, in 17th place,
was called one of the most vibrant
cities, while the holy city, ranking
28th, was praised for cutting-edge
art and restaurant scene. [JTA]

Caged mice reportedly at TAUs Zoological Garden

Jewish students face hostility

have raised concerns with UUK about


anti-Semitism on campus.
It identifies ongoing issues and
occasions where Jewish students feel
hostility on campus and acknowleges
there is a concern that students are not
coming forward to report hate, and that
universities do not always strike the
right balance between ensuring freedom
of speech and academic freedom and
respect for Jewish students.
The UJS said the report will hopefully lay the foundations for a more
tolerant and inclusive campus environment for all and adds that, on antiSemitism, the recommendations provided are productive and encouraging,
and reflect the level of positive engagement between UUK and UJS.
It says: This includes the importance of robust reporting mechanisms
and the provision of training for institutions to develop a better understanding
of the broader ethnic and national
dimension to Jewish identity.
Tackling anti-Semitism is not limited to arguments of faith, and it is welcome that the report identifies that.
The report cites the Community
Security Trusts Antisemitic Incidents
Report 2015, claiming that out of the 924
anti-Semitic incidents for that year, the
victims in 21 cases were related to the
Jewish student community.

stars meet survivor

A top Premier League football clubs


hosted a Holocaust survivor to educate
its youngest stars.
Renee Salt spoke to Liverpools
Football Academy squads about her
traumatic experience during the
Shoah.
The
Polish-born
educator
addressed those from the under-14
squad through to the under-23 side,
about the importance of Holocaust
education.
Brought to the Academy by The
Holocaust Educational Trust, she spoke
of her harrowing experience under the
Nazis before taking questions.
She was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau
and Bergen-Belsen, from where she

was liberated.
Liverpool under-23 defender Tom
Brewitt said: It is an honour for the
lads to be able to listen to Renees
story to understand the distressing
experiences during the Holocaust.
It is really important that we are
all educated on what happened during
this period and listening to Renee was a
real privilege for everyone.
HET chief executive Karen Pollock,
who also led a discussion with the
players in Kirkby, said: Renee Salts
incredible story will hopefully be
something that will always stay with
them as they embark on their careers,
and an educational lesson they will
never forget.

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News / Careers without college

We dont need no higher


education
Our community has its share of
high achievers, whose pathway
to success is presumed to be via
university. Nathan Seres meets
four people who have high grades
but chose a career over college
Academically able, they opt out of missed
lectures, messy student digs and mounting
debt. Offered places at top universities, they
dive headlong into the world of work, earning
as much in a month as their peers cost their
parents per term. They are rare, headstrong
and hands-on. They are the academic overachievers who turned down higher education.
Popular wisdom suggests that no Jewish
child would ever do that to their mothers but
for todays A-level students the road to riches
must pass a toll booth charging 9,000 in
annual tuition fees.

Careers not coursework: Oscar Miskin, Matthew Unerman, Abbie Bull and Mollie Hart Reid

Even before that increase, 21-year-olds


were already emerging with an average debt of
30,000. So it is hardly surprising that some
have spurned the cap and gown.
Matthew Unerman, 18, from
Borehamwood, was always at the top of his
class. However, after earning three As at
A-level, the thought of university did not
excite compared to applying for jobs in web
design. I received offers from UCL, LSE
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He continues: Even though I was


considering reapplying to university, having
a gap year has shown me that university isnt
always the best option, as I have a stable job
with room for promotion and plenty of money
with no stress from school work.
Unerman is still figuring out exactly the
path he wants to take due to his decision to not
go to university. He has a very positive outlook
on life and believes hard work in the real
world will ultimately help him to succeed.
Oscar Miskin, 18, from Radlett, received
three Bs at A-level which earned him an offer
from the University of Nottingham, but he
went to work for a property-management
company in Swiss Cottage instead, with a
salary of 26,000 a year. I can earn 1,000
a month in commission, and that would not
even be part of my salary, he says. I would
come out of university in three years and end
up with the same job, but in debt. So why not
start three years early and not be in debt?
He has yet to talk to his parents about this.
Its a conversation he is not looking forward
to, because an offer like this would never have
been open to them.
Molly Hart Reid, 19, from Bushey, is
in a similar situation. The holder of a
triple-distinction BTEC diploma in
journalism, she doesnt feel drawn to
university, despite better grades
than many who are.
I had really good grades
in my college course and
my tutor practically
insisted that I
continue in
education at
university,
but I
refused, she
said. I dont feel I work
well in a classroom.
I am a very hands-on
person and think that
working out there in the
real world would help me
excel as a person, and get
me closer to where I want
to be. So no, I havent
chosen to go to university,
and I dont regret it.
Reid, who is applying
for jobs in PR, admits
she misses her friends
and feels lonely, but
does not miss the idea of
lectures and coursework,
and feels confident in
her decision, knowing
university graduates are

not necessarily what employers want.


She shares similar views to Abbie Bull, 18,
from Finchley, who achieved A, B, C at A-level,
and could have gone to a top university, but
decided to go travelling before getting a job. I
cant just sit in the classroom, she says.
The world is my classroom. If someone
has all the qualifications in the world but
no worldly experience, whats the point?
Common sense comes above academic
achievements in my opinion.
These four represent those who, with
distinctions, merits and A-grades, know their
own minds well enough to know university
is not for them. They are challenging the
assumption that sixth-formers with good
grades automatically go to university.
They are clear that to thrive, land a good job
and succeed in this world does not necessarily
mean continuing in education beyond ones
teenage years a stance seemingly at odds
with established orthodoxy.

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Hero honoured / Shuls future / News

Honour for Jewish war


hero and camp survivor
A Jewish hero of the wartime
Special Operations Executive
(SOE) is to be honoured in
Brighton next month, writes
Jenni Frazer.
Captain Edward Zeff, MBE,
Croix de Guerre to give him
his full title is one of four men
born in the town who are to be
honoured on 12 November with
plaques at the Corn Exchange,
recording their Second World
War bravery.
Born in 1904, Zeff was the
son of Simon and Hannah Zeff.
Simon, a second generation
immigrant tailor, became
chairman of the Brighton
and Hove Jewish Board of
Guardians, the precursor of the
local branch of Jewish Care.
After leaving school, Zeff
went to Paris, where his
brother Abraham had set up a
successful overseas branch of
the family tailoring firm.
In 1930, Zeff married a
French Jewish woman, Reine
Sevilla. When France fell to the
Nazis in 1940, Zeff returned to

Britain and joined the Royal


Corps of Signals (RCS) the
following year, but was soon
headhunted by the French
section of SOE.
Given the name Eugene
Zoltan to protect his family
in France, he trained at the
various SOE schools in
stately homes around Britain.
In April 1942, Zeff arrived by
submarine in Antibes, in Vichy
France, to work as a wireless
operator. He sent and received
messages to and from England,
helped escapers, and received
arms and agents by parachute,
narrowly avoiding capture
several times. When it was clear
he had become known to the
Nazis, plans were made to bring
him back to the UK via the
Pyrenees, but his group were
betrayed by a local mountain
guide and he was arrested.
From March 1943, Zeff was
tortured in Nazi jails, but never
revealed any information about
his work. In December 1943, he
was deported to Mauthausen

Plaque: Edward Zeff

concentration camp in Austria,


singled out for particularly
brutal treatment as both a Jew
and a British agent.
In the winter of 1944-45, he
was sent to Melk labour camp,
digging tunnels for making
V2 rockets. With help from
fellow prisoners, Zeff avoided
execution. In the last days of
the war, he was briefly sent
back to Mauthausen, liberated
by US troops in May 1945.
He was awarded the military
MBE and Croix de Guerre
(with Silver Star). He died in
June 1973 in Paris.

Hendon Reforms final


Shabbat ahead of vote
It is the end of an era
this Shabbat at Hendon
Reform Synagogue as the
congregation awaits the
decision of Edgware and
District Reform Synagogue
members (EDRS) regarding
a proposed merger of the
two communities, writes
Jenni Frazer.
Edgwares vote is on
Monday a month after
the 703 families that comprise Hendons congregation
voted, with some sadness, to
close Hendon Reform.
The synagogue has occupied its present site, in Danescroft Avenue, since 1949.
The building, which
houses the synagogue itself,
administration offices and
an adjoining nursery, is on
the site of former tennis
courts in the leafy suburban
street.
Rabbi Steven Katz, who
grew up in the synagogue
his father, Rabbi Arthur Katz,
was its founding minister
is sad but realistic about
the proposed merger, should

Edgware agree.
He told Jewish News:
Only
10
percent
of
our congregation actually
live
in
Hendon.
More of the community live
closer to Edgware, or in Mill
Hill.
But the major problem,
says the Hendon synagogue,
is the increasing Orthodox
presence in the neighbourhood.
We are in the midst of an
Orthodox area, and have no
catchment area for adding
new members, acknowledged synagogue administrator Rosalind Bloom.
No plans are yet in
place for the future of the
Hendon site. However, it is
anticipated that the synagogue will either go on sale
or be auctioned, after
consultations with Barnet
Council.
Rabbi Katz said that he
hoped to join the existing
team of three rabbis at
EDRS, should its members
agree to the merger.

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CHALLAH BAKE OFF
From London to Leicester and
Cheltenham to Cardiff, more
than 70 communal challah make
events are set to take place for
this years ShabbatUK.
In Cardiff, 75 people will
take part in three challah makes
across the city, while Belfasts
first challah make will aim to
attract around 20 people from
the local community.
A spokesperson for the event,
which takes place on 11 and 12
November, said: ShabbatUK is
about bringing all sides of the
community together and challah
does just that.
These events are a great way
of encouraging people across the
country to embrace ShabbatUK
and be part of what is going
on, making it a truly nationwide
event. It is also great to see so
many of the smaller communities
taking part this year.
ShabbatUK, media sponsored
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challah makes across the UK and
brochures containing recipes
and a guide on how to plait the
perfect loaf.
See shabbatuk.org

Network launches in London


to unite Jewish professionals
An organisation founded seven years ago in
California, to help young professionals start
their businesses, launched in London this
week.
JFE Network or Jews for Entrepreneurship was jointly founded in 2009 in San
Francisco by Michal Tavrovsky and Jenny
Belotserkovsky, as a way of bringing young
Jewish professionals together.
JFE also attracts investors and mentors,
and offers opportunities for both groups to
meet each other.
The organisation has expanded to Israel
and has become a focal point for job seekers
and those working within the hi-tech
industry.

Marketing businessman Simon Jacobs,


who is based in Manchester, had been hoping
to start something similar in the UK until he
was contacted by JFE and asked to join their
networking organisation.
We have had at least 300 people register
their interest, Jacobs told Jewish News. We
we were showcasing three new hi-tech companies at our UK launch.
The network has a business and a social
side and it aims to hold events every month.
Tavrovsky said there had been many business success stories in the US and Israel and
that she was very excited to be bringing
JFE to the UK.
See jfenetwork.com

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News / Jewish News Meets... Karin Elharrar

The wheelchair
warrior fighting
for the disabled
Karin Elharrar has some revolutionary ideas about special
needs education in Israel and is not afraid to shout about
them, as she tells Stephen Oryszczuk

et rid of them. Get rid of Israels


special needs schools. All of them.
And dont build any new ones, no
matter how good or how specialised. Thats the immediate and unapologetic answer from wheelchair-bound
Israeli parliamentarian Karin Elharrar
when asked what shed do if she were
Israeli prime minister for a day.
Why? Why would this champion of rights for
the disabled want to rid Israels disabled children
of their specialist support structure? Has this
38-year old lawyer-turned-politician with
muscular dystrophy gone mad?
A meeting in London this month reveals
she is far from it. Instead, Elharrar is on a

mission to revolutionise special needs education by integrating Israels less able children
into the countrys mainstream school system.
It is an aim supported actively by the Malki
Foundation, which helps families of Israeli
children with special needs.
There are 65,000 severely disabled children in Israel, says Debbie Fishman, Malkis
head honcho. They need to live with honour
and dignity, not get shoved into an institution,
which is what gets done in Israel a lot.
Shoved into an institution? Theyre not
units in a mainstream school, theyre separate
institutions, in the corner of a city, off to one
side, Elharrar explains. Its out of sight, out
of mind, Fishman echoes.

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Israels is an old way


of thinking, agrees Malki
Foundation UK chief James
Harari. Its a case of put
them together, get them out
of the way, in the middle of
nowhere, and get on with
your life.
This all sounds very
Karin Elharrar: Battling for those with special needs
different from Britains
But when it comes to voting, to budgets, there
more integrated society,
are always other priorities. Did Israels three
but can institutions dedicated to meeting
bronze medals in the Paralympics not help?
the needs of disabled children be such a bad
The Olympics was a big festival in Israel, with
thing? Headteachers of mainstream Israeli
all-day broadcasts, but the Paralympics had an
schools recommend them to parents with
hour, usually on an abandoned channel.
some reason, Elharrar admits. They say
Cultural or not, the obstacles are well
theyll find all the therapists needed in one
setting. But we can do it better another way, by known, they say. The quality of care, for which
municipalities are partly responsible, differs
bringing the therapy to the general schools.
greatly between cities. Special needs assisCurrently, the state pays NIS 1,500 per
tants are demotivated by lousy pay and lots of
week for Israels disabled children to attend
responsibility. Parents have to fight for what
these institutions, but this is akin to babysitthey need. Mainstream school teachers say
ting, Harari says. In addition, the state pays
they are not trained to teach children with
for one session of therapy per week, plus carers
special needs. Charities say co-ordination is
and shuttle buses but, Fishman argues: Its
disorganised. Problems abound.
not enough. These are children who need one
Yet there are isolated examples of good
session per day, not one per week. They need
practice. Aleh Negev, a special needs institution
individual plans. Thats where we try to help.
in the south, pioneered a model in which free
Why, if the state pays for the basic support
dorms on-site entice mainstream students who
needed, is it so important to integrate disabled
then help out on campus, and in so doing mix
and mainstream kids? Elharrar says research
with disabled children. In the world of work, the
shows integration is needed from an early
Aroma coffee chain is to employ someone with
age, four or five, to lead the child to be more
learning difficulties in every branch.
independent, more able to integrate in labour,
Could it change? Revolutions rarely
but this isnt happening, and the effects are
happen without a nudge. In Israel, that prod
evidenced by those who emerge from the instiwill likely be traced back to Elharrar, who will
tutions aged 21, unable to socialise or to work.
go on campaigning as long as shes able. InteTheyre just left, neglected. Most dont
gration is an understandable fear, but this is a
have friends. We have this not in my backsociety with a variety of people, in a variety of
yard mentality in Israel. People are not even
situations, and whatever we do, people with
ashamed to admit it. They dont want people
disabilities are here to stay, she says. You
with disabilities near, because the value of the
cant pretend forever they are not here.
neighbourhood would go down.
Elharrar, once a lawyer who worked on
disability cases and now Knesset Member for
Yesh Atid, says she could walk until she was
20, so wasnt cast off as others are. These days,
she admits to being the annoying one who
always gives speeches on the same subject,
but thats fine its why she entered politics.
There have been small successes, too. She
managed to push through a law before summer
recess dictating that all Israeli firms should
recruit a percentage of disabled staff, but says the
government would not agree to incentives, and
political compromise meant the penalty for
non compliance was only symbolic.
Is this symptomatic of a poor Israeli attitude
towards the disabled? No one will tell you its
not important, she says with a diplomatic sigh.

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Rabbis tackle Trump, World briefs / News


NEWS IN BRIEF

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF

BIBI AIMS TO AMEND


LAW ON BTSELEM
Israels prime minister has said
he will act to amend the countrys
national service law so young
Israelis will no longer be able to
serve at NGO group BTselem.
Saturdays statement from
Benjamin Netanyahus office
came one day after the Israeli
human rights organisation, as
well as Americans for Peace Now,
criticised Israels expansion in
the West Bank and called for
action against what they call the
occupation of historic Palestinian
lands.

UNESCO HEAD BACKS


OFF FROM RESOLUTION
The head of the United Nations
cultural agency this week
continued to distance herself
from resolutions that deny Jewish
ties to Jerusalem holy sites,
as another agency committee
prepares to vote on a similar
measure. Irina Bokova, director
general of UNESCO, the United
Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisation, wrote
to Israeli minister Naftali Bennett
that she would work to counter
historical inaccuracies. [JTA]

Your weekly digest of stories


from the international press
GERMANY

A policeman has died of injuries


suffered in a shootout during a
raid on the home of a neo-Nazi.
The shooter was a 49-year-old
member of the Reichsburger,
a fringe group that believes
Hitlers Reich still exists.
Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania, who defended him over the damning 2005 recording

255 rabbis trounce Trump


More than 250 female rabbis
from around the world have
signed a letter condemning
hate speech by Republican
presidential nominee Donald
Trump. He has denigrated
people by race, by nationality,
by their gender and by their
most intimate, personal challenges, the message reads
two weeks before Americans
vote on their next leader.
His callous descriptions of
uninvited physical contact and
even sexual assault offend our
understanding of appropriate
relationships between human
beings.

The letter was timed


to coincide with Simchat
Torah, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld,
executive vice president of
the Conservative Rabbinical
Assembly, wrote in an email in
her personal capacity. Schonfeld penned the letter and
worked with Rabbi Andrea
Merow to organise it.
The note, which has 255
signatories, emphasised that
the rabbis were signing in
their personal, individual
capacity and not on behalf of
any organisation with which
they may be affiliated.
Schonfeld, who delivered

an invocation at the Democratic National Convention


in a private capacity, said
the rabbis were inspired by
a similar call that was signed
by more than 1,000 female
Christian clergy.
Following the release of
a 2005 recording earlier this
month in which Trump, pictured above with wife Melania, is heard bragging about
groping and kissing women
without their consent, a string
of women has accused him of
inappropriate sexual contact.
Trump flatly denies the allegations. [JTA]

BRAZIL

An Italian passenger was


arrested after yelling anti-Semitic
slurs and making the Nazi salute
to a kippah-wearing Brazilian
Jewish man at an airport in Rio
de Janeiro. Fabrizio Trinchero
was released on bail.

USA

A 2013 Hillary Clinton speech


to the Jewish United Fund of
Metropolitan Chicago, leaked
this week by Wikileaks, warned
that Jordan and Turkey cant
possibly vet all those refugees
so they dont know if, you know,
jihadists are coming in along
with legitimate refugees.
Supporters of presidental rival
Donald Trump supporters have
used the remarks to attack
Clintons call for the US to admit
65,000 refugees per year an
increase on Barack Obamas
plan to let in 10,000.

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Editorial comment and letters


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A succah for all

Send us your comments

Nothing better symbolises were all in this together than a succah. For the
past week many of us have braved falling autumn temperatures to huddle
with family and friends in temporary structures, recalling the time our
ancestors endured in the wilderness after being freed from Egypt.
It seems particularly fitting that the festival of Succot brought Jewish
and Muslim Londoners together for a historic breakfast at the Al-Khoei
Foundation mosque in north-west London on Sunday.
This was a reminder of the commonality of family and food in both
traditions and the shared challenges we face not least the ongoing battle
against hate crime. Amid rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, we are
genuinely in this together.
Under the mosques succah roof, young people did what young people
do, regardless where theyre from; playing, chatting, kicking a football or, in
the case of older ones, discussing looming exams. They had the opportunity
to see for themselves their many similarities.
As Rabbi Baruch Levin put it, it is with such initiatives that the next
generation will be equipped with more effective tools than our generation
to deal with interfaith relations.
We salute the Khoei Foundation, Brondesbury Park synagogue and the
Three Faiths Forum for this much-needed Jewish-Muslim initiative.
The warmth with which this story has been received shared 2,500
times by Jewish News Online readers shows the huge appetite for
interfaith work.
We look forward to the day this sort of project is so commonplace it is
longer newsworthy.

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FOR THE CORRUPT
Your editorial comment piece
From taxpayers to terrorists
[Jewish News, 13 October] was,
alas, fundamentally flawed.
In reference to welfare to Palestinians, well-informed Palestinian
friends of mine write regularly
about how the Palestinian leadership is riddled with corruption,

which permeates many levels of


Palestinian society. If the Palestinians can afford to buy bombs and
rockets and to build tunnels, how
come they are so poor?
And how do we distinguish between good and bad Palestinians?
Above all, what are those
Palestinian leaders doing for their

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in the case of my
wife and her parents.
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Jews in the UK fall into this
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immigrants and illegal
immigrants. Most Jews
who came to this country
as immigrants did so
legally those who did not,
mainly applied for legal
status immediately and
went through the lengthy

process, rather than remain


illegal. Its very difficult to
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GIVE THANKS FOR


SPECIAL PEOPLE

I have every sympathy for letter


writer Kelvin Sheridan, who was
told he could not take his guide
dog Mia into his local kosher
butcher shop (Jewish News 13
October).
The manager of the shop should
be ashamed.
He ought to be aware that
all types of assistance dogs are
actually allowed by law into any
premises where food is prepared,
served or sold. This is due to the
very high standard of training
these special animals go through
before they qualify.
Presumably the meat on display
in the shop is on a covered counter
which is higher than the height
of the average guide dog. It begs
the question in what way could it
be affected by Kelvins dog Mia
standing patiently beside him?
I would be willing to bet that
Mia is probably cleaner and
better behaved than some human
customers!
Does the manager not
understand the role of this dog in

its owners life? It is not any old


mutt to be left anywhere.
Mia will be a vital and integral
part of Kelvins life and should
therefore be treated with the
respect she deserves.
I challenge the shop manager to
make a sincere and public apology
and send a substantial donation to
the Guide Dog Association.
We have just finished the days
of repentance but it is not too late
for the manager to reflect on his
blind prejudice towards Kelvin and
make amends for the coming year.

I was sad to read


about the American
rabbi who said sick/
disabled children are
being punished for their
actions in a previous
life. He should be aware
of our authentic rabbis
teaching that if we are
with such children or
adults we should stand
out of respect for them
and recite a Berachah.
The Almighty has created
diverse beings and
varies the forms of his
creatures to teach us we
should not judge another
persons condition but
ourselves. How would we
cope and what can we
ourselves learn?
These special people
teach us humility and to
appreciate even the little
things of life.

Jan Martin-Ellis
Ilford

Flora Frank
Edgware

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the plot next month.

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Opinion

Shoah study helps us


heed modern horrors
OPINION: KAREN POLLOCK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE,
HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST

oday, fewer people die as a result


of war and violence than in any
previous generation, but it certainly
does not feel that way. I find myself
grimly surprised these days if I open a
newspaper to not read of another developing
human tragedy abroad.
Syria is obviously at the front of public
consciousness and working for the Holocaust
Educational Trust people often ask whether
I am desensitised to the stories of death and
destruction coming out of Aleppo and elsewhere. Let me tell you Im not.
If anything the images of child victims of
chlorine gas attacks are even more difficult to
bear. In the face of the intractable civil war in
Syria, of barrel bombs raining down on innocent civilians, and of the biggest humanitarian
crisis since the Second World War how can we,
a community who have experienced the most
brutal of tragedies, fail to be moved.

Similarly, for students who visit AuschwitzBirkenau with us, or who learn about the Holocaust in school, there will be an understandable
empathy towards modern-day horrors like
those that have unfolded in Syria.
If you have visited the gas chambers, heard
from a Holocaust survivor, or studied the
squalid and vicious conditions of the ghettos
then it is inevitable that you will feel a responsibility to take a moral stance and even want
to take action. Indeed, we carry the knowledge
of individuals like Sir Nicholas Winton, Oscar
Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, Major Frank Foley
and others who provided a glimmer of humanity
to people who had long had it stripped from
their lives. They show us that we do not have to
let atrocities pass us by. Something that applies
to Governments not only individuals.
One of the benefits of Holocaust education
is that it improves the emotional and critical
intellect of young people so that they can better
grapple with the big issues.
But does that mean everything should be
compared to the Holocaust?
We will politely correct people who use the

USING THE SHOAH


TO PUT ROCKET
BOOSTERS UNDER A
POLITICAL PROJECT
SIGNIFIES A MORAL
VACUUM

term holocaust when referring to Assads


heartless regime. Not because we do not
sympathise with the plight of the 400,000
victims whose lives have been lost and the
millions driven from their homes it is, after
all, an understandable emotional response
but because it strips away the unique factors
that led to, and are driving, the current conflict.
On the other hand, when the President
of the Philippines states Hitler massacred
three million Jews theres three million drug
addicts. There are. Id be happy to slaughter

them this is simply unacceptable. Using


the Holocaust to put rocket boosters under
a violent political project and be happy to be
a leader in the image of Adolf Hitler signifies
a total personal moral vacuum. Holocaust
language or imagery should not be taken lightly
whatever point it is you are trying to make.
All of this means that as time goes by, the
need to really educate people about the Holocaust becomes greater. Young people should
know about the blood libel, the Protocols of the
Elders of Zion and the ancient conspiracy theories they threads that have never quite been
cut and have taken on new forms in the 21st
century. They should know about the Nuremburg Laws, Kristallnacht and the Final Solution.
They should know about the camps, the death
marches and pogroms and the struggle to
rebuild shattered lives.
By educating we create a generation who
protect the memory of the Holocaust which is
imperative in and of itself. But we also create
a generation who are sensitive to the events
unfolding today, an outcome we would be wise
not to disregard.

Were looking for 40,001


heroes this Mitzvah Day
OPINION: LAURA MARKS
FOUNDER AND CHAIR, MITZVAH DAY

ts hard to watch the news without seeing


something that outrages our Jewish
values, whether its Donald Trump
boasting about sexual assault, people
trying to stop child refugees seeking sanctuary here or the recent rise weve seen in
racism and anti-Semitism.
In this post-Brexit world when the papers
are full of stories of mistrust, hatred and racial
tension Mitzvah Day is focused this year, more
than ever, on making positive headlines, through
projects that tackle the challenges of modern
society, and which bring people together who
might otherwise stay apart.
Thats why Im so proud to be part of this
newspapers Community Hero Award, which
shines a light on the people this world needs
more of. This award, along with our own
Mitzvah Day Awards, seeks to show all the
wonderful things people are doing to help others
and build a better society. But what makes a
community hero? We are looking for someone
who has performed an extraordinary act of
kindness over the past year, or a person who has

DESPITE SUFFERING
FROM HYPERMOBILITY
SYNDROME, RACHEL
MORGAN RAISED
THOUSANDS OF
POUNDS FOR OTHERS

spent a lifetime helping those less fortunate.


I cant think of anyone more fitting of the word
hero than last years winner, Rachel Morgan.
Despite suffering from hypermobility syndrome,
which severely affects the bodys joints and pain
pathways to the brain, Rachel raised thousands
of pounds through physical feats, including 13
skydives.
Although Rachel sadly died before we could
honour her, I was privileged to be able to present
the award to her parents and family and celebrate
the life of this truly incredible person.
The beauty of the Community Hero Award

is the nachas it brings to all those nominated,


increasing the profile of their work and cause.
Last year, on these pages, we read about a
young man who organises teas for Holocaust
survivors; a woman who, when she was just 16,
established the only charity in the UK dedicated
to raising funds for research into a cure for
Crohns disease and an elderly lady who, on
moving into care, set up a weekly session to
ensure the well-being of others.
One of the traits of a hero is often that they
dont realise it themselves and/or are reluctant
to push themselves forward.
So if you know someone fitting of this
honour, please do make sure to nominate them
by emailing 200 words outlining their work to
editorial@thejngroup.com by 7 November.
And call me greedy, but its just not one hero I
want its 40,000 of them.
This years Mitzvah Day takes place on and
around Sunday 27 November.
What started off as a small, mainly Jewish,
day confined to certain areas of the UK has now
become Britains largest interfaith day of social
action and spread all over this country, and to
more than 20 others too.
We are expecting 40,000 volunteers of all

ages and faiths to take part in more than 2,000


global projects this year and we are focused on the
together, the positive and the active.
While the benefit of the social action projects
is very visible whether through a repainted
care home or a three-course meal delivered to
a local shelter its the longer-lasting, deeper,
relationships being built that Im most proud of.
Its not often you see Jews, Muslims, Christians
and people of all faiths and none working together
at a grassroots level and of all generations making
real friendships and dispelling stereotypes we hold
about the other.
For some, Mitzvah Day is the first time they
really converse with someone of a different
faith or race. For others, its a chance to build
on relationships by doing something practical
together. For more still, it provides the opportunity
to show there is more binding people of faith
together than that separating us.
Especially in these difficult times, when there is
a heightened fear of the outsider, the need to build
bridges and unite people has never been greater.
Our aim is to celebrate making a difference to local
causes in joy and friendship. So, next month, be a
hero and join us.
For more details email info@mitzvahday.org.uk

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Opinion

Rabbis crude opinions


had no place at a funeral
ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL

few days ago, I attended


a retirement event at The
Guardian for Michael White,
one of the most amusing and
well-informed political journalists of
his generation. In the manner of old
Fleet Street, we afterwards repaired
to the pub, a fashionable hostelry on
north Londons Caledonian Road.
It was there that I was tapped on the
shoulder by a former colleague who happens
to be Jewish. Believe it or not, The Guardian,
from its earliest days in Manchester, has
a long tradition of being supportive of the
Jewish community and employing Jewish
journalists and commentators.
The founding proprietor and editor, the
legendary CP Scott, was a great friend and
supporter of Chaim Weizmann. It has yet to
have a Jewish editor, although this writer
and more recently Ian Katz, editor of Newsnight, were candidates for that post. It may
be possible that the current editor Katharine
Viner might have some ancestry.
The colleague who had interrupted me

wanted to know if I was still directly involved


in community leadership, having been, up
until 2015, a vice president of the Board of
Deputies. I was not, although I am proudly
involved with Jewish News and chairman
of the British arm of an Israeli non-governmental organisation, the Abraham Fund.
Why do you ask? I inquired. He wanted to
relay to me a recent incident.
He had recently buried his father and
mourned over a newly dug grave at Bushey
Cemetery in Hertfordshire. It is a place,
fortunately, he had not had many causes to
visit. On the sombre, long distance walk from
the grave to the prayer hall to say kaddish,
the elderly, unidentified rabbi, engaged the
mourner in conversation.
It was not quite the words of consolation and comfort the bereaved might have
expected. Instead, the rabbi, having heard
the bereaved worked for The Guardian,
bluntly asked him: How could you work for
such an anti-Semitic organisation?
The colleague was stunned and speechless. Instead of the correct conversation,
which might have been about the deceased
and his family and the healing of time, he
had brought crude and deeply disrespectful
views on his professional life to a very

personal event. Indeed, the journalist found


the shadow of those words deeply alienating.
No one can be unaware of some of the
harsh reporting on Israel and the Palestinian
conflict that has appeared in the pages of The
Guardian. The views of some of its writers,
notably Seamus Milne, now communications overlord for Jeremy Corbyn, are highly
offensive.
But his views have been well counterbalanced by leading commentator Jonathan
Freedland and solid reporting from the
region.
The paper may arguably have fanned the
flames of the left-wing anti-colonialist narrative on the Middle East, but it is not rooted in
anti-Semitism.
All of us who have worked at The
Guardian have spoken out against excesses.
But if you believe in a free press, as an essen-

tial plank of democracy (as they do in Israel


itself), one must accept that not everyone has
the same unalloyed, positive view of everything Israel does.
My former colleague is not the only one
who has suffered slings and arrows for where
he works. I remember running into Lord
Levy in 2007, during his own travails over
cash for honours.
He began by criticising my paper, the
Daily Mail, for what he regarded as malicious
coverage. Greeting me warmly with a hug, he
generously said he understood it was not my
doing, but my parnassah, or livelihood.
In our professional lives, things happen.
My support for Brexit, for instance, put me at
odds with family and friends. But rabbis and
community leaders should have the wisdom
not to allow such differences to intrude into
Jewish ritual especially at bereavement.

THE RABBI, HAVING HEARD THAT THE BEREAVED


WORKED FOR THE GUARDIAN, ASKED: HOW COULD
YOU WORK FOR AN ANTI-SEMITIC ORGANISATION?

Losing our successful Jewish


school would be a travesty
WES STREETING

LABOUR MP FOR ILFORD NORTH

aith schools are an important and


growing part of the educational
landscape in Redbridge. The
increasing diversity of our
community has seen Hindu, Sikh and
Muslim schools open alongside their longerstanding Christian and Jewish counterparts.
So it will be of concern to many Jewish
parents in my constituency that the
relocation of the Kantor King Solomon High
School is being actively considered by its
foundation body, the United Synagogue.
King Solomon was established in 1993
and spreads across an impressive campus in
Barkingside, in no small part thanks to several
generous benefactors, including its honorary life
president, Lord (Alan) Sugar. The campus has
recently extended to include a relocated Wohl
Ilford Jewish Primary School on the same site

about a 10 minute walk from our other Jewish


primary school, Clore Tikva.
Since its creation, the school has enjoyed
academic success, as well as counting among its
alumni Waterloo Road actress Katie Griffiths,
X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon and footballer
Jack Payne. Although it has experienced some
turbulence in its leadership, this hasnt dented
the ambition or success of its pupils. Under the
leadership of its new dynamic head, Matthew
Slater, this years GCSE results were the best
the school has ever had: 77 percent of pupils
gained grades between A* and C in English and
maths. King Solomons A-levels were similarly
impressive, with 75 percent of students
achieving grades A* to C, placing the school in
the top 25 percent of schools nationally.
Question marks about King Solomons future
in Redbridge seem to arise as a result of two
factors: a decline in the proportion of Jewish
students in the schools intake and a shortage
of school places for Jewish pupils elsewhere in
north London.
It is true that the Jewish community in

Redbridge is smaller than it was in previous


decades, but the Jewish community in
Redbridge and Chigwell is thriving nonetheless.
We see this through our two Jewish primary
schools, our active Reform, Liberal and
Orthodox synagogues and through Redbridge
Jewish Community Centre, which has exciting
and ambitious plans to expand its services
into a wider Jewish campus in the heart of
Redbridge. Jewish parents raising their families
in Redbridge deserve the peace of mind to
know that their children will be able to attend
a successful Jewish secondary school at King
Solomon for many years to come.
The schools diverse intake should be seen
as a strength. London is a diverse, international

city. A diverse intake broadens horizons, enables


understanding and promotes community
cohesion. At King Solomon, this has not been
at the expense of its Jewish ethos. This year, it
saw an impressive 85 percent of pupils achieve
grades A* to C in Jewish studies, no doubt owing
to excellent teaching on the course, as well as a
wide range of extracurricular opportunities.
The shortage of Jewish school places in
north London does need to be addressed, and
I welcome the news that there will be a review
of Jewish education in north-east London.
It would be a travesty for Redbridges Jewish
community if we were to lose such a successful
Jewish secondary school from our own
doorstep.

IT IS TRUE THE REDBRIDGE JEWISH COMMUNITY


IS SMALLER THAN IT WAS IN PREVIOUS
DECADES, BUT IT IS THRIVING NONETHELESS

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2 ESTATE SUCCAH

Canary Wharf Group


hosted a series of buffet
lunches for members of
the local Jewish community, to celebrate Succot
on the estate. The succah played host to three
lunches for the festivities,
which were sponsored by
Canary Wharf Group, BGC
Partners, the EY Jewish
Network and an anonymous donor. Danny Seliger,
of the Canary Wharf Group,
said: As part of Canary
Wharf Groups ongoing
dedication to supporting
the Jewish faith, we
always look forward to
celebrating the festivities
on the estate.

3 FESTIVE SHAKE

Pupils at Moriah
Jewish Day School in
Pinner enjoyed the last few
days of Succot by shaking
their lulavs and etrog.

British Emunah
director Deborah Nathan
addressed 35 women from
Woodford Forest United
Synagogue at an evening
held at the South Woodford home of Pamela and
Julian Rainsbury.Nathan
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for the opportunity to meet
so many women from the
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CYCLE
1 RECUPERATIVE
TOURISM
4 ZAMBIA
RAISES 80K

Photo : Courtesy of Charity Times Awards 2016

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2 KISHARON
TEAMWORK

Kisharon chief executive


Dr Beverley Jacobson
(centre) is pictured with
comedian Mark Watson
after she picked up the
Charity Principal of the
Year honour at the Charity
Times Awards. She said:
When one has a strong
board and dedicated staff
doing outstanding work,
an accolade like this comes
by default. My gratitude
and this award belongs to
the Kisharon team.

JFI WILL EDUCATE


PEOPLE ABOUT
ISRAELS
HISTORY AND
DISTRIBUTE
FACTS ABOUT
THE CHALLENGES
IT FACES
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The Stanmore and Edgware


branch of British Friends
of Israeli War Disabled
brought a group of disabled Israeli ex-soldiers suffering from post-traumatic
stress disorder, together
with family members,
to London for a recuperative 10-day sightseeing and
entertainment programme.

BY SIDES
3 SIDE
ROYAL MISSIVE

A pupil from Side by Side


Special School holds a
letter from the Queen,
which was sent to the
children in response to
letters they sent on the
occasion of Her Majestys
90th birthday.

Twenty-one cyclists
rode across Zambia for
Norwood, raising 80,000
for the charity to date.

CHARITY
5 HASMO
NEW TOY DRIVE

Hasmonean Girls School


pupils Elinor Joseph and
Penina Sora Hackenbroch
organised a charity toy
drive to raise money to buy
new toys for sick children
at Great Ormond Street
Hospital. The 11-year-olds
raised the money via
bake sales, and also asked
people to donate newtoys
instead of paying for the
treats.

ISRAEL
6 JERSEYS
ADVOCATES
Jersey Friends of Israels
launch event attracted
more than 100 islanders
and was also attended by
Chief Minister and newlyelected senator, Sarah
Ferguson. A representative
from the Israeli Embassy in
London, the Israel Britain Alliance and Pimlico
Friends of Israel were also
at the event. Alan Ferguson, spokesman for JFI,
said: JFI will educate
people about Israels history, distribute the facts
about the challenges it
faces and we will work with
other groups across the
British Isles to advocate
for Israel.

Your simcha announcements


Riki Halperin and Marc Bronstein
were married in Ashdod, Israel.

Simone Mervish and Oliver Hyman


were married at Marble Arch
Synagogue.
Photo by Sovereign Photography

Photo by Sinai Koren

Photo by Neville Bloom

Jonny Eppel celebrated his


barmitzvah at Stanmore
Synagogue.

Photo by Sovereign Photography

Josh Reback celebrated his


barmitzvah at Bushey United
Synagogue.

Photo by Paul Lang Photography

Zak Sperber celebrated his


barmitzvah at Hendon Shul.

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Yoni Jesner
remembered
during Succot

Photos by Blake Ezra Photography

Hundreds of people worldwide


gathered in their succahs in memory
of Yoni Jesner the 19-year-old
from Glasgow who was tragically
killed in a suicide bombing on a bus
in Israel in 2002. Events took place
in gardens, synagogues and schools
across the UK, America, Canada,
Israel and Hong Kong, to mark
Yonis yahrzeit, which is held
each year on erev Succot.

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Scene & Be Scene / Community

The GIFT that keeps giving

Photos by Blake Ezra Photography

The second biennial GIFT gala dinner took place at the Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross, raising more
than 350,000 for the education and welfare charity. Around 350 guests came to hear about its inspiring work, teaching thousands of young people every year about the joy and impact of volunteering
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I really am a rich man!


Fiddler on the Roof star Chaim Topol
sits down with Yael Brender to chat
about his work with sick children and
playing the lovable Tevye 4,000 times

haim Topol hasnt graced


our screens since 1998,
and for a good reason.
That was the year the muchlauded actor began his charitable
work in his native Israel with Jordan
River Village, of which he is now
chairman, an overnight retreat for
children with chronic and lifethreatening illnesses, disabilities and
special needs.
The much-needed facility has
helped more than 600 sick children
since it opened in 2011.
Ive been dealing with children

ITS NOT ENOUGH


JUST TO WANT
TO DO GOOD. YOU
NEED TO KNOW
HOW TO DO GOOD

for 50 years, says the actor. They


are a part of my life.
In 1999, he enlisted the help of
his close friend Professor Yakov
Ramon, and together they reached
out to Israeli doctors who specialise
in helping children with debilitating
illnesses. Its not enough just to want
to do good, Topol says. You need
to know how to do good. And the
doctors knew how to do good. They
directed us, told us what to do and we
did what they asked us. Together, we
built a village.
Jordan River Village caters for
children aged nine to 18, and has
no religious limitations. We treat
Muslim, Christian, Arab, Jewish, Sikh
and Palestinian children together,
just as we do in our hospitals, he
says. This is what we do in Israel.
The village sits on 86 acres in the
Lower Galilee on land donated by the
state, and Topol, who recently turned
81, couldnt be prouder of what it has
have achieved. He spends two days

a week there, interacting with the


children, singing and playing with
them. When asked how it feels to see
the children enjoying themselves he
says simply, I cry.
And how does it feel to see his
vision come alive? I cry some more.
He adds: The children have a
wonderful time. These are very sick
children, suffering from very bad
illnesses. They never get to leave
home. Its an opportunity for them to
become more independent.
They meet other children who
are suffering from the same illnesses,
so they are not lonely in their misery.
They share their experience, and
they co-exist unbelievably well.
One of the diseases the village
caters to is an hereditary blood
disorder called Thalassemia; 80 per
cent of the sufferers are Arab.
The first time we had a session
for these children, we saw on the list
that there were lots of Arab children,
and the few Jewish children on

the list were from ultra-Orthodox


families, Topol says. We thought,
maybe wed made a mistake.
So we called them and said,
Listen, you are welcome to come,
but you have to know that you will be
with mostly Arab children.
And the children said to me,
Dont worry, they are good friends of
ours. Weve met them in the hospital
and we know who they are. They are
friends. That is life. We deal with
humans. There is no religion, no
politics your origin doesnt matter.
Topol grew up in pre-state
Palestine in a Jewish neighbourhood
in Jaffa, then an Arab city. At age 17,
he joined Kibbutz Geva so when he
joined the IDF at age 18, he was in an
army unit full of kibbutzniks.
As well as being commander of
his IDF unit, he started acting and
producing sketches that would later
become the Oscar-nominated film
Sallah Shabati.
After leaving the IDF, Topol
started a satirical theatre called the
Spring Onion. Anyone who wanted
to be in my theatre had to join my
kibbutz, he says. But then one of
my friends was killed in an accident,
and we couldnt continue without
him. He was one of us. So I founded
the Haifa Municipal Theatre.
Topol recalls how he came to
play Broadways favourite Jewish
father more than 4,000 times. The
US producers of Fiddler on the Roof
saw Sallah Shabati and invited him
to audition in 1967, not knowing hed
already played the role in Tel Aviv.
They asked me to sing and I sang
If I Were A Rich Man. Usually, after
two minutes, they cut you off and say,

Dont call us, well call you. But they


asked for more and more songs and
then they said, How do you know all
the stage positions and all the movements? They had no idea that Tevye
and I were already old friends.
In 1968, director Norman
Jewison saw Topol on the stage in
Londons West End and invited him
to be in the 1971 adaptation. Only 34
at the time, Topol sat in the make-up
chair for two hours every morning to
be aged.
During a break from the show,
Topol was incredibly lucky to star
as James Bonds wingman in the 1981
film For Your Eyes Only. It was a
joy, he says, because Roger Moore
was so wonderful to work with.
With more than 30 stage and
screen credits, Topol was honoured
with an Israel Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2015. Ever humble, he
accepted the award by saying, Other
people deserve it more.
As for the future, Topol is too
busy with the village to think about
new roles in the next few years, but
will he return to a familiar part?
I will do Fiddler again when
I am 85, he teases. How could
anyone be sick of playing Tevye?

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Lifestyle / Building bridges

Making a drama out of a crisis


Stephen Oryszczuk visits Western Galilee College to see how a unique student drama
course is helping to transform attitudes to the Israel-Palestinian conflict

young Muslim Arab woman and


a Jewish mother from a religious
right-wing settler background
take the stage together, in front of
a mixed Israeli audience. Theyve chosen
to. Two years ago, neither would have been
the others first-choice partner, and both
could face recriminations. But theyve been
sharing each others space, perspectives,
culture and grievances for two years now,
and both feel they understand the other
better, so decide to spread their learning
through drama.
Theirs is one of several final-year projects, the
culmination of a three-year study in Community
and Educational Drama and Theatre at Western
Galilee College in northern Israel.
British-born Peter Harris, who made aliyah
in the 70s, heads the department and describes
the programmes as bubbles and safe spaces
in which the mixed students, aged 18 to 50, not
only act together, but come to know one another
and learn from each other.
With no stage, no lighting and no space
to call their own, these small groups of 15
improvise in more ways than one.
They interact closely from the start, acting
together, touching, learning each others
narratives, he says. In other academic classes,
students dont mix, they group together, Jews
and Arabs, speaking Hebrew or Arabic. Ours

dont do that.
At first, theyre suspicious of one another.
A typical 19-year-old Arab girl has never really
been outside her village. Theyre fearful of Jews.
They think Jews will harm them. Both see the
other as a threat, but for our students, thats only
initially.
About half of Harris annual cohort are
Jewish Ashkenazi and Sephardi, religious
and non-religious and half are Arab, be that
Bedouin, Christian Arab, Muslim or Druze.
It reflects the local population, he says.
Its a real melting pot. Some come from outside
the region, including Israelis fresh from the
IDF. The only ones we dont get are the strictlyOrthodox, because its a mixed-gender course.
Among the difficulties are language, with
Arab students Hebrew often basic, but beyond
that, Harris says, many are very naive, very
limited culturally. Theyve only grown up in
their own culture, so theres a whole world of
information they have to take in. Theres mutual
trepidation, anxiety and fear arising from the
conflict.
It deals with itself, he says. Theyre working
together, improvising, rubbing against each
other, laughing together, bringing their own
home narratives into the space. They explore
through stereotyping exercises and sometimes
choose conflict situations in a scene. They can
bring their baggage on-stage because its a safe

space, and theyve become friends.


He cites a 30-year-old mother-of-three
Bedouin student covered head-to-toe who
gets up early to feed her kids then brings homemade food to the class. They share everything:
music, stories, language, expressions. Theyre
their own community. His students mix
very naturally, says Harris. They take lunch
together, spend evenings together, go out, have
bonfires, cook grilled meat, they share all that.
You can create that in a class of 15 students
working closely, but if you have a big hall of

A TYPICAL
19-YEAR-OLD
ARAB GIRL HAS
NEVER REALLY
BEEN OUTSIDE HER
VILLAGE. THEYRE
FEARFUL OF JEWS.
THEY THINK JEWS
WILL HARM THEM

200 people listening to a lecture, theres no


connection being made.
Soon they get down to nuances, discovering
similarities. They feel secure enough to put
the conflict on the table. They realise there are
certain things they wont agree on, but that they
can still live together, he says.
When we had the last war in Gaza, a Jewish
student had her husband and daughter fighting,
and Arab students were calling her up to check
they were safe.
Harris thinks it may even be a new model
for mutual accepting and understanding of
what each side brings and feels, adding: They
become part of each others creation, partners,
regardless of political differences.
Its a new way of looking at things, and very
satisfying. We consider ourselves a bubble of
normalness, of humanity. Outside, people dont
come into one anothers proximities, dont
reach each other on a human level, because of
inculcated fears we walk around with.
He recalls the personal progress of a young
Arab woman. She didnt utter a word for the
first year, but yesterday, we were in a prison
doing a project with violent male offenders.
They said: Lets do a scene where the woman
shouts at the man. She jumps up and says: If
theres shouting to be done, Im doing it!
So, yes, theatre opens people up, allows them
freedom to express themselves and take risks.

Above: Arab and Jewish students on the Western Galilee College course get together to act out on stage what they have learned about living and working together

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The Honey G Factor! / Lifestyle

The latest buzz


about HONEY G!
We catch up on what the Jewish
answer to Snoop Dogg and
Kanye West real name Anna
Georgette Gilford has been up
to on the latest X Factor show!

THE THEME: In the third week of the telly


talent show, the contestants were put
through their paces for Diva Week.
THE SONG: Honey G chose a catchy
mash-up of Vanilla Ices Ice Ice Baby and
Under Pressure by Queen.
THE LOOK: She donned her trademark
baseball cap and shades, silky white tracksuit and a glittering dollar sign medallion.
THE RAZZMATAZZ: Pyrotechnics, black
and white graphics, lasers and a smooth
routine alongside eight backing dancers.
WHAT DID THE JUDGES THINK? All four
gave the 35-year-old a standing ovation.
THE LIVE SNUB: On Sunday nights show,
host Dermot OLeary told superstar John
Legend, who helped mentor Honey G

My boy wont admit


he needs help, but
I know that I do.
Jami gives me that
support.
Gillian, Marcs mother and carer

through the week: Youve worked with


Kanye, Jay Z and Snoop Dogg and now you
can add Honey G to that list. Legend rolled
his eyes and looked awkward. She is
entertaining, yes, he replied sarcastically.
THE VERDICT: Honey G sailed through to
next weeks round, but some in the audience booed and dismayed fans at home
took to Twitter as favourite Relley C was
sent home. @LewysHynes wrote: What?!
@Relley_C was amazing!!! How is Honey
G still there But theres still support
for the Harrow recruitment consultant,
including from new celebrity pals. Cricketer Freddie Flintoff wrote: Yesssssssss
...@The_Honey_G is through.
WHATS NEXT: If you thought Honey G
was scary before, tune in for Fright Night,
which coincides with Halloween. Who
knows what shell put her own spin on?

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Lifestyle / Travel

Its San Fran-tastic!


Sharon Feinstein visits the Californian home of the
Golden Gate Bridge, birthplace of hippies,
beat writers and the tech revolution

heres a power look in San Francisco young professionals in


black-rimmed Paul Smith glasses
wearing sharp designer suits.
Theyre the billionaire Apple, Uber, Google
execs, the hot new designers and fashionistas at the cutting edge of ideas.
San Francisco has always been that special
avant-garde place. If Rome is the city of grandeur and civilisation, Paris of boulevards and
patisserie, San Francisco spawns ideas, movements and big change.
Ive always dreamt of visiting because at
times it lit up my life, a beacon where hippies
had flowers in their hair, gay rights took off,
beat writers congregated and big artists such
as Richard Diebenkorn gave us breathtaking
canvases.
The place to stay is at Clift on Geary Street,
the oldest boutique hotel in the city, which
Philippe Starck has turned it into a style haven.
Theres a real wow factor as you enter the
surreal, dimly-lit lobby with its oversized

JEWS HAVE LIVED


HERE SINCE THE
CITYS EARLY BOOM
DAYS AND NOW
NUMBER 200,000
chair, Salvador Dali lamp and coffee table and
lavender-hued corridors. Even the lift lights up
orange to reflect the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our room on the 14th floor, with its big
windows and soft colours, was a peaceful haven
in this energetic, vibrant city.
In San Francisco you walk, especially on
warm evenings. It reminded me of Cape Town,
with its hills and dips, never-ending views of
the pounding ocean and even the strangeness
of gazing out to the Rock, what was Americas
most notorious penitentiary, Alcatraz, rather
like looking out to Nelson
Mandelas prison, Robben
Island.
We tramped through
Chinatown to the financial
district, one area leading
into another like colourful
scene changes, as we looked
for Quince restaurant.
Every time we asked for
directions, people looked
envious and raved about it.
We realised why immediately. Quince envelops you
with its artistic, calming
atmosphere the classy
Top: The Golden Gate
Bridge. Above: Sharon
with her daughter above
the Golden Gate. Left:
Part of the Industries of
California mural by Ralph
Stackpole in the Coit Tower

chandelier, vases of
exquisite flowers, dark
sophisticated colours.
Here every detail is
perfect.
As restaurants get
brighter, louder and
more crowded, Quince
gives you space, comfort
and the exceptional. The
fish is so intensely fresh,
vegetables so creamy
and sweet and the wine
pairing exciting.
The only other place
that lived up to that, and
increased my lifelong fascination with food, was
Saison San Francisco, holder of two Michelin
stars, where food really is art.
Between Saison and Quince, you find Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO
Tim Cook and Hollywood stars hanging out.
But it all comes at a price.
Saisons open kitchen is like a stage set, each
course producing a rallying call, lights shining
down on the intriguing dishes sent out, all 13
of them, checked for perfection by head waiter
Scott. Its a steel-and-brick setting, with wellgroomed waiters looking like Prada models, an
easy atmosphere, and an air of exuberance. We
never got bored or tired of the stream of dishes.
I also had the best bespoke cocktail of my trip,
smokey and pungent, just hitting the spot.
We shopped on groovy Fillmore Street and
spent hours in the spectacular San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (known simply as
SFMOMA to natives). Its probably the most
wonderful gallery Ive been in, even captivating
my ever-distracted 20-something daughter.

We also enjoyed
walking along the coast
above our hotel so we
could gaze out at the
glittering Golden Gate
Bridge, and went up Coit
Tower, with its collection of colourful murals
depicting the citys
history.
Over in Mission Street,
Daniel Libeskind has
created an outstanding
place to visit in the shape
of the Contemporary
Jewish Museum, dedicated to LChaim - life. Its a thought-provoking,
intuitive place and a touching reflection of
American-Jewish identity.
Libeskind said he wanted the design to
serve as a homage to the past and survival of
the Jewish tradition. You discover the old
and the new in a constant conversation with
each other, he said. I think that is also part of
the Jewish tradition. To do new, but always in
conversation with an age-old history.
Jews have lived in San Francisco from its
early boom days, streaming in with the Gold
Rush and today forming a community that is
200,000-strong.
Back at Clift, there was a jewel in the crown,
the Redwood Room. Unbelievably beautiful,
the bar is carved from a single redwood tree
with a Murano glass top, art deco wall carvings
and moving digital art images a cave of beauty.
Its everyones favourite bar in San Francisco
and the light bites are superb.
What better way to say goodbye to this glittering city?

WHERE TO STAY...
Sharon booked into the Clift boutique hotel, San Francisco.
For more details and rates, visit clifthotel.com.
Foodie enthusiasts are encouraged to try Quince (quince
restaurant.com) and Saison San Francisco (saisonsf.com).

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Dining out / Lifestyle

The

She knows her place and its NOT in the kitchen

On the side
COVENT GARDENS LATEST
Could Covent Garden house any more restaurants?
Margot is the latest opening in this foodie haven. Seamless service, refined interiors, authentic Italian food and
an extensive international wine list are promised. Its
large (104 covers), elegant and contemporary, with a
palette of deep blues with copper accents. The tiramisu
with chocolate heart and crumble is enough to tempt me!
margotrestaurant.com

As the English well know, Italians understand how to


savour lifes pleasures with far more zest and panache
than we ever could. So as a devotee of Harrys Bar in
Venice, and friend of owner Arrigo Cipriani, it was with
some trepidation that I went to Mayfairs C London
(formerly Cipriani). Could it ever match the legendary
Harrys Bar, compete with its luscious Bellinis and
super-light bread rolls? Or indeed the inimitable
service and Arrigos warm welcome?

Everyone has a personal


favourite for fish and
chips, but I must give a
shout-out to my local in
Mill Hill, Frydays meaty,
succulent fish, crispy
matzo meal coating
and fabulous fries
(batter-coated or simply grilled). Portions
are so huge we always have leftovers.
020 8959 4318
Fitzrovia favourite The Ninth, with celebrated chef Jun Tunaka at the helm, has been
awarded a Michelin star. So-called because
it is the ninth restaurant in which he has worked
(although the first he has owned), The Ninth offers
relaxed neighbourhood
dining focused on
French-Mediterranean
sharing plates and
arguably the best tarte
tatin in London.
theninthlondon.com

Happily, C London is very much


its own place. Its like being on a slick,
art deco ocean liner in the 1930s. The
setting is pale polished wood with
chrome detail, frosted glass, Pullman
lamps and eye-catching portholes
with moving images of the sea. Theres
a warm glow, with bustling waiters in
starched white jackets and bow ties
and, to top it all, there is an extensive,
diverse menu.
The Sicilian waiter chose a smoky
white wine from the slopes of Mount
Etna for us, a great accompaniment
to my tuna tartare, which came with
a luscious little pie, and my compan-

New(ish) Place in Town

Seven

y Louisa W
iled b
al

ions crisp puntarelle and anchovies. My


succulent Dover sole was among the best
Ive had, grilled with herbs and lemon,
nicely accompanied by a side of spinach.
And then the parade of desserts, just
when you thought you were going to be
oh so controlled. Theres an outrageously
good zabaglione cake, and sensationally
good meringues.
The prices are in the eye-watering
category for sure, but this is the best
address in London for a perfect Bellini,
a classy setting and guaranteed good
European food.
Moreover, judging by the stream of
beautiful people, the power couples,
French and Italian women in six-inch
heels and McQueen attire and posh,
pukka Englishmen, C London is one of
the places to be.
Sharon Feinstein
C LONDON
23-25 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE
T: 020 7399 0500
W: crestaurant.co.uk

The best part was dessert, specifically the Nutella sourdough pizza
doughnut hot bread oozing lashings
of warm, gooey Nutella taking my
guilt and cholesterol to another level.
A nicely curated wine list offers
three types of red and white, plus one
of rose, ranging from about 15 to
20 for a bottle and 5 for a glass.
Seven is a little slice of seventh
heaven in Harrow.
Jane Simons

SEVEN
362 Station Road
Harrow HA1 2DE
T: 020 3802 6175
W: sevenrestaurants.com

NEW-WAVE FUCINA
Fucina is another new Italian restaurant, this time
from the team behind Chotto Matte and Black
Roe. Fucina represents a new wave of Italian
cooking in London, elevating simple ingredients
to umami-rich creations. Handmade pasta and
stone-baked pizza are both made
from organic wholemeal
flour and there is a
wood-fired pit for
roasting meat.
fucina.co.uk
Restaurants not kosher
unless stated

Seven, a slice of sourdough heaven,


has recently opened in Harrow.
Entering the elegantly designed
pizzeria, you feel youve taken a large
step from the hustle and bustle of
Station Road. Exposed brickwork,
double-vaulted floor-to-ceiling glass
windows and trendy artwork give the
place NYC loft-style panache. Its
a great place to impress someone
locally, or to take the family at the
weekend and will give your taste
buds a transatlantic extravaganza
without denting your wallet.
The menu comprises a choice of
seven pizzas, very reasonably priced,
especially given the quality and size
(4.60 to 6.90). All come with a
sourdough base apparently the

healthier choice made daily onsite. It is crunchy and crisp on the


outside, spongey in the middle and
adorned with artisan-looking toppings. The buffalo mozzarella tastes
like the real deal, sourced direct
from Italy. Sevens wood-fired pizza
oven heats up to 500C, meaning the
pizzas are cooked in under a minute.
For those who can resist the carb
temptation, there is a superfood
salad with either lightly-smoked
mackerel or peri-peri chicken, or
a chicken Caesar salad. I had the
former a fresh, generous, healthy
portion of spinach, beans, cucumber, seeds, quinoa and mackerel for
the bargain price of 7.30. Clean and
simple, no razzmatazz.

Housewife

C London

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Hudsons is inspired by a passion for great American


brasserie fare. Food is always at the heart of what we do,
and our vision is to create an environment where you can
relax, laugh and enjoy some genuinely exceptional food.

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Lifestyle / Health

Ask Dr Ellie
Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...

Q I had labyrinthitis last

winter, which was extremely


debilitating. Is the condition
likely to return?

Labyrinthitis is an infection on the inner


part of the ear known as the labyrinth. The
labyrinth is the part of the ear that controls
balance, so when it is inflamed and infected,
your balance is affected dramatically.
It causes people to suffer tremendous
dizziness, where the room spins and often
people have to hold on to firm objects just
to walk across the room. It also makes
people feel nauseated and sick, with relief
only felt when you lie still.
The symptoms are very dramatic,
worsened by the fact they can often come

on out of nowhere. It is caused by a viral


infection so, usually, like any other virus,
lasts two to three weeks which, as you
say, is very debilitating.
Sometimes sufferers find the
unsteadiness may persist for a month or
two, but usually once it has cleared it has
gone completely.
Very rarely in some people it never
clears and symptoms sadly persist for
years. There are medications a GP can
prescribe for the condition that go some
way to ease the dizziness: the response to
these are varied. It is equally important
to explore what else can help, such as
time off work, rest and help at home.
Dizziness can be a dangerous symptom,
for example when you are driving, or it
can cause people to fall, so this needs to be
considered. If in your case the symptoms
have gone completely, there is no reason
to think it will come back.

Q My nine-year-old gets a lot


of tummy aches. Our GP thinks
its just a phase and nothing to
worry about, but could we be
missing something serious?

Abdominal pain is a really common


symptom in children and can be a result
of any number of issues. Regular tummy
aches are a well-recognised emotional
symptom in children; rather than having a
physical cause, they can be a way of a child
expressing their anxiety and worry.
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Rather than dismissing it as a phase,
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and start talking about it. The second
issue is what else could be going on.
Tummy aches could be the result of
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as Crohns. None of these are issues you
want to miss so, at the very least, your
child should have been examined and
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This is a hard balance. It is not fair to
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not need, but likewise you dont want to
miss a serious diagnosis. Have a second
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time with him or her when you will start
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as a risk for breast cancer, along with many
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every three years into their 70s.
Certain groups of higher risk women
will be referred earlier for early screening:
there are many criteria but, to simplify
things, it involves having more than one
close relative diagnosed or cases in women

younger than 40 in the family.


For Jewish women, because it is a risk
factor in itself, they can be referred to
specialist clinics for risk assessment with
only one first or second degree relative
diagnosed with the disease.
This does not mean you will necessarily
have earlier screening, but rather a full risk
assessment taking into account many factors
not just your heritage to see how early
screening should start for you. The other
important issue as far as breast cancer is
concerned is the BRCA gene.
Three mutations of the BRCA genes,
which cause early-age and aggressive breast
cancers, are found at higher rates within the
Ashkenazi community. Therefore testing for
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Sedra: Bereishit, Its Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA:
- Bereishit

Its Biblical

RABBI JONNY ROODYN


Shabbat Bereishit is a time for new beginnings. We rewind our
Sifrei Torah and start again, but this isnt just an act of repetition and review. The familiar stories of Bereishit are read for
us again not to remind us of historical events but to offer us a
chance to delve deeper into the messages contained within.
The world today is very different from a year ago. Events
are unfolding, social change abounding and the geopolitical reality is constantly shifting. The parshiot of Bereishit are not just
stories, they are the method the creator of the universe chose
to communicate the most important life lessons to us.
Rashi starts his commentary to the Torah with the famous
question why does the Torah start with Bereishit? His answer
is of tremendous relevance and importance as UNESCO attempts to deny our connection to our holy city. Rashi famously
answers that should (or indeed, when) the nations of the world
deny our right to the land of Israel, claiming we are a band of
thieves, we can point to this parsha that establishes Hashems
sovereignty and ability to give the land to who he wishes.
I have often wondered what help that will be; its not as if
UNESCO will turn around and say OK youre right, the land is
really yours. I therefore think its fair to say this answer is for us.
As we start the Torah, whose narrative is in essence a journey towards the Promised Land, we reaffirm our commitment
to the land of Israel. We declare with pride that the land of
Israel was given to us, together with an awesome responsibility
to build a model society and teach the world by example.

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her what God said, but makes up
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in giving birth, and on top of this
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Progressive Judaism / Young Voice and My Two Shekels

Young Voice

My Two Shekels

Daisy Bogod joins the chorus


of disgust at Donald Trumps
remarks about women

Donald Trumps lockerroom talk was many things


disgusting, demeaning and
dangerous are three words
that spring to mind but
definitely not shocking. After
all, he had already made
comments about women,
Mexicans and Muslims that
would have seen him sacked
from any job in seconds.
I cannot imagine a worse
example for todays youth
than Trump, who goes
against everything inclusive
and egalitarian Judaism
stands for.
What shocked me was
the reaction of older white
men on the right of American
politics who previously supported him throughout his
hideous catalogue of abuse.
Why did it take them this
long to start getting angry
about Trump? Its obvious:
they felt their wives and
daughters had been insulted.

Should Jews celebrate Challah-ween?


BY ELEANOR DAVIS

They objected on behalf of


their (female) relations.
As a young woman, I can
tell them all women, not only
their daughters, have to put
up with this every day.
Not letting women exist
outside their relationship to
men always being thought
of as a wife or a daughter
rather than a person is not
the way to help.

Daisy is a member of
the Liberal Judaism staff
team

Theres plenty of evidence to suggest


Halloween is not a Jewish festival. Originally in May, the Christian festival of
saints was moved in the ninth century to
November, when harvests could provide
food for pilgrims travelling to observe All
Hallows.
Trick-or-treating evolved from a
medieval European custom of door-todoor begging for soul cakes in exchange
for prayers for dead relatives.
Even seen as a modern secular occasion, the festival has aspects contrary to
Jewish values. Its celebration of death
and the occult contrasts with Jewish
emphasis on choosing life and Torahs
prohibition of witchcraft or sorcery.

Handing out sweets at our front


doors seems harmless (if perhaps not to
dentists) until you remember the threat
of tricks unless treats are provided.
Children too young to tell the difference between fantasy and reality can be
easily scared by costumed revellers, even
without the recent creepy-clown craze.
Halloween may not be ours to celebrate, but it can still offer inspiration. As
Tishri has just reminded us, the Jewish
calendar is full of our own festivals.
Imagine how enriched our Jewish lives
could be if we poured into them the same
energy and creativity that many people
put into Halloween!
We have our own opportunity for
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thinking about costumes, so browse those


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Succot encourages us to decorate our
temporary homes and welcome guests
into them; Shavuot invites late-night
festive get-togethers. Purim and Pesach
offer the opportunity to present food gifts
to strangers, but theres no time limit on
keeping a bowl of change by the door to
donate to charity collectors.
By cooking with seasonal foods to
reflect the changing year, we have chance
to make each Shabbat meal a fresh delight.
Giving out sweets to callers can build
friendly relationships with neighbours.
Beyond that, however, it might be
easier to avoid feelings of missing out on
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LIONS GO CLEAR AT
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London Lions made it tens


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James Gershfield, Austin
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Lions A beat Scrabble 3-0
thanks to a brace from Craig
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strike, while in Division Two,
Jason Rich, Justin Woolf and
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Maccabi B.

Israeli Victoria Filanovsky celebrated


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most recently won silver in the clubs and
bronze in the hoop, ball and ribbon discipline at the 2016 Grand Prix Final in Eilat,
last month. Her highest world ranking to
date is ninth, which she achieved last year.

Sam sends Redbridge joint top


Redbridge A moved joint-top of
the Premier Division table as they
made it five wins from five thanks to
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scored twice, withSam Sollosi and
Zack Neiman also on target.
Oakwood A were held to a 3-3
draw at FC Team A. Jonny Quinn,
David Woolman and Rafi Stone
scored for the Os, though Mitch
Young, James Korn and Bradley
Cohen earned Team a point.
London Lions A won 4-2 at SPEC
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Sam Castle, Johnny Haik and Dom
Cheniart.
London Lions B are clear at the
top of Division One thanks to a 4-1
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scored twice, with Michael Kenley
and Dom Feldman also on target.
Oakwood B claimed their first
win of the season as goals from Sam
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The one fixture in Division Two
also brought a first league defeat
of the season for a Redbridge side,
as the C team were beaten 1-0 by
bottom-of-the-table FC Team B,
Jamie Breslaw netting the games
only goal.
In the first round of the Peter
Morrison Trophy, Division Two side

Hertswood Vale claimed not only


the upset of the day but also their
first win of the season as a 99th
minute winner from co-manager
Jack Shulman saw them win 2-1 at
Division One Finchley Vale. Harry
Graham had earlier found the target
for them, converting a 60th minute
penalty.
Another upset saw Division
Twos RC UK FC win 4-3 after extra
time at Division One side Hendon
B. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz
scored a hat-trick, with Mordy
Weiler also on target.
Game of the day was a ten-goal
thriller, which eventually saw NL
Raiders C beat Catford & Bromley
5-3 on penalties, after the sides
drew 5-5 after 120 minutes. Ashley
Davidson scored twice, withAlex
Elf,Liam Stein andAlex Sherr also
all on target. Stein,Rob Samuelson,Elf,Scott Waissel andJosh
Daniels all converted from the spot.
Both Faithfold sides are also
safely through, the As beat LEquipe
3-2, thanks to Daniel Yossmans
double and Shai Davidis strike, while
the Bs saw goals from Josh Barnett
and Avi Garson see them to a 2-1 win
over Boca Jewniors.

Full review, match pictures &


video highlights at

Israelis historic ride in Qatar


Team Cycling Academy made history by not only becoming
the first Israeli Pro Team to compete at the UCI World Championships but by doing it in an Arab country. The teams
veteran, Dan Craven, said: Racing in Qatar as an Israeli team,
was for me and my teammates, a message of peace.

Hendon manager David


Garbacz says his side will
focus on winning the three
Jewish trophies after they
suffered a first round exit in
the London Sunday Challenge
Cup.
Zac Lewis scored twice in
their 5-2 defeat to Omonia,
with Garbacz saying: We
were incredibly depleted, gave
away a couple of cheap goals
and left ourselves with too
much to do.
With a full team we could
have and should have got
through, but it wasnt to be
and were back to concentrate
on the three Jewish trophies.

SHOCK SACKING
FOR MACCABI BOSS

Sam Sollosi scored for Redbridge A

Milch on a mission
as he gets set for
twelfth pro fight
Light middleweight boxer Tony Milch says hes
aiming to show hes a championship level fighter
when he returns to the ring next weekend at
York Hall.
Having won the International Challenge
belt in his last fight, the 35-year-old takes on
Norwich-born Duane Green in what will be his
12th professional bout as he looks to maintain
his 100 percent winning run.
He said: Im looking to show I am a championship level fighter, and will use the fight to
demonstrate the skills Ive been working on.
Scheduled for six rounds, he said: Its a nontitle fight, but I will it treat it like one. Winning
my first title has added to my confidence and Ive
been ticking over in the gym since last boxing
in the summer. Ive been raising the training
as it gets closer to fight night, am sparring with

HENDON TO FOCUS
ON JEWISH TROPHIES

Maccabi Tel Aviv have sacked


their manager Erez Edelstein
just five games into the new
basketball season.
The club had won their
first three domestic league
games, but lost their first two
EuroLeague matches.
A club statement said:
After a late night meeting
between team owners,
management and Erez
Edelstein, it was decided to
end Edelsteins tenure as
head coach due to inadequacy
between the two sides.

GLOBETROTTERS
TOUR ISRAEL

Milch is looking for his 12th professional win

heavier fighters and increasing my strength


and conditioning work.
Looking forward to a good fight, he adds:
By putting on a good show, I hope 2017 will
then bring bigger and exciting opportunities.
Tickets for the 5 November fight can be
bought via milch@live.co.uk or
@TonyMilch on twitter.

The world famous Harlem


Globetrotters completed
their tour of Israel in Jerusalem at the weekend.
Performing in three other
shows in Tel Aviv, Beersheba
and Haifa, the trip was part
of their world tour which is
celebrating their 90th anniversary.
The exhibition basketball
team which combines athleticism, theatre, and comedy,
went 18 years without visiting
Israel until their trip in 2008,
though have made several
visits since due to their popularity in the country.

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MACCABI GB SOUTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL
PETER MORRISON

GOAL OF THE WEEK

FC Team A 3 Oakwood A 3
Catford & Bromley 5 NL Raiders C 5
(AET Raiders won 5-3 on penalties)
Faithfold A 3 LEquipe 2
Faithfold B 2 Boca Jewniors 1
Finchley City 1 Hertswood Vale 2
Hendon United B 3 RC UK FC 4 (AET)
Mill Hill Dons 0 Athletic Bilbaum 6
Scrabble 0 London Lions U21 1

BRADLEY COHEN (FC TEAM A)


A 30-yard free-kick which flew into the
top corner of the net

SAVE OF THE WEEK

DAVID GORDON (FC TEAM B)


Flew in the air to his right and with a
strong hand beat the ball away from
goal, David de Gea-esque

PREMIER DIVISION

FC Team A 3 Oakwood A 3
Redbridge A 4 Brady Maccabi 2
SPEC FC 2 London Lions A 4
P
Hendon United A 5
Redbridge A
5
Oakwood A
5
London Lions A 5
Brady Maccabi
5
NL Raiders A
4
FC Team A
5
Woodford Wands 4
Camden Park
4
SPEC FC
4

W
5
5
3
3
2
2
1
0
0
0

D
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
0

L
0
0
1
2
2
2
3
3
4
4

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

F Dif Pts
21 13 15
16 11 15
14 9 10
10 -3 9
17 8 7
16 8 6
16 -10 4
6 -10 1
2 -9 0
3 -17 0

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DIVISION ONE

London Lions B 4 Los Blancos 1


Oakwood B 4 Brixton Old Boys 0
P
London Lions B 5
NL Raiders B
5
Redbridge B
4
Hendon United B 4
Scrabble
3
Finchley City FC 4
Los Blancos
6
Oakwood B
3
Faithfold A
4
Brixton Old Boys 3
Athletic Bilbaum 5

W
5
4
4
2
2
2
2
1
1
0
0

D
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

L
0
1
0
2
1
2
4
2
3
3
5

F Dif Pts
21 16 15
20 9 12
13 9 12
12 4 6
5 1 6
11 0 6
11 -3 6
7 1 3
9 -9 3
2 -13 0
3 -15 0

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DIVISION TWO

Redbridge C 0 FC Team B 1
P W D L F Dif Pts
Catford & Bromley 5 4 0 1 21 17 12
LEquipe
4 4 0 0 19 15 12
Redbridge C
5 4 0 1 15 9 12
Temple Fortune 5 3 1 1 12 1 10
Faithfold B
5 3 0 2 16 2 9
RC UK FC
4 2 1 1 17 10 7
NL Raiders C
5 2 0 3 16 6 6
Real Hendon
3 1 0 2 4 -5 3
FC Team B
5 1 0 4 4 -13 3
Mill Hill Dons
5 1 0 4 7 -20 3
Hertswood Vale 4 0 0 4 3 -11 0
Boca Jewniors
2 0 0 2 2: -11 0
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NICK GROSSE (LOS BLANCOS)


As the manager, I would like to take
the blame, but too often my players
are not following instructions which
has been fatal.

SUNDAYS FIXTURES:

13 Goals:
Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)

Wingate & Finchley 4 Tonbridge Angels 0


Billericay Town 3 Wingate & Finchley 0

9 Goals:
Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi)
Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC)
Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)
8 Goals:
Adam Ellis (Hendon United B)
Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A)

6 Goals:
Zac Lewis (Hendon United A)
Max Martin (LEquipe)
Nicky Woolf (NL Raiders B)
5 Goals:
Joel Lassman (Catford & Bromley)
Yoav Kestenbaum (Hendon United A)
James Mandell (LEquipe)
Liam Stein (NL Raiders A/C)
Jordan Sharifia (Temple Fortune)

Peter Morrison Trophy First Round:


FC Team B vs Redbridge B
NL Raiders B vs Los Blancos
Premier Division:
Brady Maccabi vs NL Raiders A
Camden Park vs Hendon United A
Oakwood A vs SPEC
Redbridge A vs Woodford Wanderers

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P
Needham Market 16
Leiston
13
Bognor Regis
15
Havant & Water 14
Dulwich Hamlet 16
Tonbridge Angels 12
Harlow Town
17
Worthing
16
Billericay Town 13
Enfield Town
15
Lowestoft Town 15
Wingate & Finchley 14
Staines Town
15
AFC Sudbury
15
Burgess Hill Town 13
Merstham
14
Kingstonian
16
Folkestone Invicta 15
Harrow Borough 13
Leatherhead
17
Hendon
13
Canvey Island
12
Met Police
16
Grays Athletic
15

W
9
9
9
9
6
7
7
7
6
5
5
6
5
5
4
4
5
4
4
3
3
3
2
2

D
5
4
3
3
6
2
2
2
3
5
5
2
4
3
6
5
2
4
3
6
5
4
4
4

L
2
0
3
2
4
3
8
7
4
5
5
6
6
7
3
5
9
7
6
8
5
5
10
9

F Dif Pts
29 9 32
38 20 31
28 14 30
28 13 30
33 6 24
17 2 23
27 -3 23
27 -4 23
20 6 21
25 9 20
23 3 20
17 -2 20
23 -1 19
25 1 18
19 -1 18
27 6 17
21 -6 17
20 -6 16
13 -5 15
24 -8 15
17 -10 14
20 -5 13
16 -16 10
16 -22 10

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football/wingate/

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Division One:
Brixton Old Boys vs Faithfold A
Hendon United B vs Oakwood B
London Lions B vs Scrabble

Watford Friendly League U15:


Adam Cahn, Eytan Millan (both Maccabi
London Lions White), Schneur Levin 4
(HMH Raiders)

Division Two:
Catford & Bromley vs Temple Fortune
Faithfold B vs Boca Jewniors
LEquipe vs RC UK FC
NL Raiders C vs Mill Hill Dons
Real Hendon vs Hertswood Vale

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Watch highlights of the Peter
Morrison clash between::
Faithfold A &
LEquipe

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MGB(S)F/MASTERS
WINGATE/LONDON LIONS

HERTFORDSHIRE
SENIOR LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

Chipperfield Corinthians 1 London Lions 4


P W D L F Dif Pts
London Lions
10 10 0 0 39 30 30
Bushey Sports Club 9 7 1 1 32 21 22
Standon & Puck
11 7 1 3 33 6 22
Bovingdon
10 7 0 3 35 11 21
Belstone
8 6 2 0 26 15 20
Letchworth
11 5 2 4 24 9 17
Sandridge Rovers 9 5 2 2 15 8 17
Ware Sports
11 5 2 4 25 -2 17
Wormley Rovers
9 4 2 3 16 0 14
Knebworth
10 2 2 6 17 -7 8
Chipperfield
10 2 1 7 27 -5 7
Buntingford Town 10 2 1 7 16 -13 7
Evergreen
9 2 1 6 14 -15 7
Hatfield Social
9 1 2 6 16 -27 5
Cuffley
8 1 1 6 16 -9 4
Sarratt
10 0 2 8 8 -22 2
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MMFL DOUBLE
O SEVEN
MANAGEMENT DIV 1

GARSTON
VETS LEAGUE

Lions A 3 Scrabble 0
NL Raiders 2 Chigwell 0

NL Raiders
London Lions A
Chigwell
Brady Maccabi A
Scrabble
HMH

P
4
4
3
4
5
4

WD
4 0
2 1
2 0
2 0
1 1
0 0

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video highlights, go to:

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North Greenford
Abbey F.C.
Colney Heath
Winchmore Hill
Latymer Old Boys
Garston

L Dif Pts
0 10 12
1 2 7
1 3 6
2 -4 6
3 -6 4
4 -5 0

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football/masters

RESULTS
Watford Friendly League: U18 Green Division Brady Maccabi Red 4 HMH
3 U16 Challenge Cup Third Round Chorleywood Gunners 8 Brady Maccabi
Blue 1 Second Round Alexandra Park South 8 Brady Maccabi Red 1 U15
Alexander Park South 3 Maccabi London Lions White 14 Challenge Cup Second
Round Croxley Green Black 12 Brady Maccabi Black 0, Bushey Rangers Pumas
3 Brady Maccabi Blue 0, Alexandra Park West 2 HMH United 1, HMH Raiders 7
Borehamwood Youth Knights 5 U14 Belstone FC 0 Maccabi London Lions Blue 5
Green Division Alexandra Park South 4 Brady Maccabi White 0, Brady Maccabi
Red 3 100% Soccer School 3, HMH Panthers 3 Hadley Rangers 2 White Division
Hampstead Stags 3 HMH Foxes 0 U13 West Herts Youth Stag 2 Maccabi London
Lions Blue 5 Yellow Division HMH Fire 7 Brady Maccabi HGS 1, Berkhampstead
Raiders 3 HMH Cosmos 0 Green Division Brady Maccabi White 4 St Albans City
East 0 U12 Maccabi London Lions White 2 Whetstone Pumas 4 League Cup
Second Round Borehamwood Youth Knights 7 Brady Maccabi Blue 0 Yellow
Division Hendon United Red 4 Brady Maccabi White 2, Hadley Rangers West 5
HMH Juniors 1 Blue Division Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 4 HMH Dynamo 2
Purple Division Hadley Wood & Wing Eagles 9 HMH Bears 1

WDL
2 0 0
1 0 0
1 0 1
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 1
0 0 1

Dif Pts
13 6
5 3
-4 3
0 0
0 0
-4 0
-5 0

ISRAELI
LIGAT HAAL

MMFL DOUBLE
O SEVEN
MANAGEMENT DIV 2

Marshside 3 Brady Maccabi B 2


P W D L Dif Pts
St Johns Wood
5 4 0 1 14 12
London Lions B
3 3 0 0 11 9
Glenthorne
4 3 0 1 4 9
Temple Fortune
4 2 0 2 -2 6
EDRS Stonegrove 3 1 1 1 3 4
Marshside
4 1 1 2 -5 4
Brady Maccabi B 4 0 0 4 -12 0
Hendon Harriers
3 0 0 3 -13 0
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P
2
1
2
0
0
1
1

P W D L F Dif Pts
Hapoel Beer-Sheva 7 5 1 1 16 3 16
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 7 5 1 1 18 12 16
Mac Petach-Tikvah 7 4 2 1 12 2 14
Maccabi Haifa
7 3 3 1 8 3 12
Beitar Jerusalem 7 2 4 1 10 0 10
Hapoel Haifa
7 3 0 4 11 1 9
Hap Kiryat Shmona 7 1 5 1 8 -1 8
Hapoel Raanana 7 2 2 3 5 -2 8
Hapoel Tel-Aviv
7 2 2 3 7 -4 8
Bnei Sakhnin
7 2 2 3 5 -5 8
Hapoel Kfar-Saba 7 2 1 4 6 -3 7
Hapoel Ashkelon 7 1 3 3 4 -5 6
Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv 7 1 3 3 6 -6 6
FC Ashdod
7 0 3 4 4 -5 3
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7
8
9

1 DAVID GORDON

5 DAN LINTON

9 DAN ASH

2 GIDEON CALLER

6 JOSH BURNS

10 JACK SHULMAN

3 JOSH BARNETT

7 BRADLEY COHEN

4 NATHAN SCHINDLER

8 RAFI STONE

FC TEAM B
Produced a string of fine stops as Team
shocked unbeaten Redbridge C to
claim their first points of the season

10

1
4

RYMAN LEAGUE
PREMIER DIVISION

7 Goals:
Joshua Bloom (London Lions B)

TEAM OF THE WEEK

MGBFL
GOALSCORERS

2016/2017 SEASON

11

RC UK FC
Was a real thorn against his old team,
ran tirelessly up and down the left
hand side the entire game

FAITHFOLD B
Captain led by example, won every aerial
battle, timed his tackles to perfection and
scored a classy goal to boot

MACCABI LONDON LIONS A


Gave an absolutely phenomenal
performance at the heart of the Lions
defence

OAKWOOD B
Strong performance from Os Mr
Reliable, coped brilliantly with
Brixtons best player throughout

LONDON LIONS U21


Became youngest scorer in the Peter
Morrison Trophy as he netted winner
against Scrabble

FC TEAM A
Debutant slotted in nicely and topped
off impressive performance with a
wonder goal

OAKWOOD A
On his Os debut, was composed in the
middle of the park and ran the game with
two assists and a goal

OAKWOOD B
Ran the show with his trademark
snaking runs and Brixton could not
handle his pace
HERTSWOOD VALE
Co-manager led from the front and
popped up with the winner deep into
extra-time

11 ASHLEY DAVIDSON

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C


Scored twice and was a constant
menace for 120 minutes as Raiders
beat Cats in thrilling cup tie

PLAYER OF THE WEEK


JOSH BURNS
LONDON LIONS U21

CO-MANAGERS OF THE WEEK

JACOB EMANUEL & JACK SHULMAN


Hertswood Vale

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Sport / Record breaker / Europa win

Roar talent!
Lions 16-year-old wonderkid
is youngest ever cup scorer
By Andrew Sherwood
andrews@thejngroup.com
@JewishNewsUK

Josh Burns wrote his name into


the record books on Sunday by
becoming the youngest player
to score in a Peter Morrison
cup tie.
The midfielders second-half
strike was enough to see London
Lions U21s through to the second
round of the Jewish FA Cup
as they beat Scrabble 1-0, with
Josh, aged 16 years and 128 days
old, becoming the youngest ever
scorer in a competition dating
back to 1958.
Delighted with the strike and
its significance he told Jewish
News: When I scored the goal,
I never imagined it was of such
historical importance. Being
the competitions youngest ever
scorer is a big accomplishment
but Im just happy we got through
to the next round.
The JCoSS student is also a

qualified referee officiating


games in the Herts Senior County
Reserves League and won gold
with Team GB at last summers
European Games.
Hoping this can be the first of
several landmarks he makes this
season, he said: Weve had an
unbeaten start to the season and
the team are playing good football.
Our priority is winning the league,
but also to get as far in the cup as
possible, well push ourselves to
our limits in games and at training
to prepare for our upcoming
games.
Ray Abrahams, who
managed Scrabble to the
MGBSFL Division Two
title last year, praised the
Lions youngsters, saying:
They are a young side and
will pose a few problems for
whoever they are drawn
against next time,
good luck to them in
the next round.
Feeling the game

was always going to be settled


by one goal, he said: Both sides
battled hard and cancelled each
other out in the midfield area, but
it was always going to be decided
by an odd goal and they took their
chance well.
We had three or four good
chances during the game to put
them out of sight, but it wasnt
to be our day and I couldnt have
asked for more effort than the
boys put in.
Its disappointing to have
gone out so early in this competition but we now have to dust
ourselves down and get back
to winning ways in the
league on Sunday when we
go to Rowley Lane.

Maccabi double sees off the Dutch


Maccabi Tel Aviv reignited their
Europa League campaign after
claiming an impressive 2-1 win in
Holland.
Oscar Scarione and Eyal Golasa,
with a stunning long-range effort,
sealed victory against AZ Alkmaar,
as the Israelis secured three points
which has put them back in contention
of qualifying from their group and
reaching the last 32 of the competition.
Golasa said: We did the job at a
tough stadium against a very organised
team. The match was very important to
us because the group is very close and
Im happy that we won. We controlled
the game, and while its true they may
have had momentum after they equalised, we had chances and Im happy we
ended up winning the game.
They host the Dutch side in Tel

Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate their win

Aviv next Thursday, where a victory,


coupled with a home win against Irish
side Dundalk, should be enough to
see them through.
There was though disappointment

for Hapoel BeerSheva as the Israeli


champions suffered a 1-0 home defeat
to Sparta Prague.
Manager Barak Bachar said: We
had enough chances to win the match,
but we couldnt find the back of the net.
Sparta deserves plenty of credit, but we
were the better team and they hit us on
the break. It isnt that we had a really
bad game or something, we played our
game and did what we needed to do, but
the bottom line is that we didnt get the
result we wanted.
This is a painful defeat, but we still
have hope. Their goal came against the
run of play, but that can happen. It s
okay to lose sometimes, but now we
need to win in Prague.
Sitting in joint-second place in the
table alongside Southampton, they
travel to Prague next week.

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