League Update 38

4th February 2021

LJW Update – No. 38

There will be no newsletter on Friday, 29th January 2021

Moving day happens on Thursday, 28th January 2021. ORT House has been sold and we are moving. Here is the address –

1 Victory Road
Hermon Hill
London E11 1UL.
Telephone – 020 7242 830
Mobile – 0730 5018022

If you want to speak to someone, please ring the mobile number which will be answered only on Tuesdays and Thursdays or you can leave a message on the telephone or mobile.


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)
This year’s theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is Be the light in the darkness. It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

For those of you who attended the League’s Human Rights Day Zoom Seminar, you will have heard Jonny Daniels whose organisation helps and supports non-Jews who risked their lives to help Jews during the second world war and they were definitely ‘the light’.

Generation2Generation held a zoom event this week, talking to two holocaust survivors, and a member of their family, to recall their story which they never want to be forgotten.

This is a rare opportunity to attend the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday, 27th January at 7pm. Go to and register. They are also encouraging us to light a candle at 8pm on that day and put it safely in the window.


Book Club was held this week and the next book to be discussed on Monday, 1st March has been chosen by Sally Bass (North West Region) – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.

The following books were recommended and discussed –
The First Day Murder Club by Richard Osman
Corner Shop by Babita Sharma which incidentally is the BBC Between the Covers Book Club Pick – Part memoir, part social history, The Corner Shop is a gentle, charming and at times poignant look at our nation of shopkeepers
Becoming by Michelle Obama – an inspirational memoir.
The Crooked Branch by Jeannine Cummins – At her childhood home, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny, and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.
The Third Daughter by Tania Carner – a little-known piece of history: the sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century.
Mazel Tov by J.S.Margot – a Story of an extraordinary friendship with an Orthodox Jewish Family.

Other books recommended by League members were Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov – Oblomov made Goncharov famous throughout Russia after the publication of this book in 1859. This is the story of a man whose defining characteristic is indolence and the portrait of an entire class in decline,
and The Book about Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it) by Lucy Pollock – This warm and compassionate book gets to the heart of older age. Using stories and accessible explanations, it covers issues of declining health, quality of life and choices about the things that matter most.


If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons as only League members will be able to attend.

League Book Club – Monday, 18th January 2021 at 3pm.
If you would like attend, please contact for the Zoom login.

After their very successful “Fun Quiz” presented by Jeffrey Fisher, we would just like to let you know about their next meeting which will take place on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Lady Nicola Mendelsohn, CBE, who is the Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She will be talking about “Living in a Digital World”.

Coombe & Surrey
Tuesday 26th January at 4.30pm. Judy Weleminsky will speak on ‘My Austro-Hungarian forebears – tales of Spanish gold, guinea pigs and an English Colonel’

Wednesday 17th March at 4.00pm. Jenny Jankel, chair of the Jewish Music Institute, on the famous band leader Joe Loss.

If your Group is having a Zoom meeting and you would like to have other League members attend, please let us know.


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