League Update 14

6th August 2020

LJW Update – No. 14

Since my last Update, I have received several messages about how happy many of you are to have at last been able to spend time with family. If we were in Scotland, we could even of had a cuddle with our smaller grandchildren.

Apart from the stupidity of many who went to Soho last weekend, it seems that the opening of restaurants and pubs has been mainly successful, apart from the establishments who had to closed almost immediately as someone had tested positive for the virus. I have spoken to people who have booked restaurants and, whilst they had to follow stringent rules, they enjoyed being served food and not having to do the shopping, cooking and clearing away.

Good news and Mazel Tovs to –

Sandra and Richard Harris on the Barmitzvah of their Grandson last month and to

Caryll Rose on the birth of a Grandson in Israel.

ICJW E-Links

This week, we held an ICJW Zoom meeting. Did you say who or what is ICJW? Well here is a timely reminder. The League of Jewish Women is the UK affiliate of the International Council of Jewish Women – Therefore, every member of the League is a member of ICJW and entitled to attend meetings in London and to attend European and world-wide conferences.

In London, a small committee meets three times a year and usually holds a seminar on Human Rights Day in December. However, due to the current situation, this may be held as a Zoom event but, at this time, this is still under consideration.

ICJW is a global organisation with affiliates in 36 countries and is involved in a wide range of volunteer activities. The League is non-political but, if you are interested in International Affairs and, in particular, Jewish Women’s International Affairs then maybe you will find ICJW of interest.

The front page of their website is calling for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer, who has been detained in Iran’s Evin Prison since June 2018. If you delve deeper into the website you will see that ICJW has joined the Committee of Religious non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the UN which represent Jewish women around the world.

ICJW tackles domestic violence and abuse and ICJW promoted the Get your Gett International Agunah Day Campaign, focusing on March 9 – the date of the Fast of Esther this year, which was chosen because it symbolizes Jewish women campaigning for their rights.

On Tuesday July 28th at 4 pm London time there will be a Zoom lecture. The speaker will be Dr. Joan Lurie Goldberg and her topic will be Reform of Unrwa – Reformed Textbooks and Teachers Committed to Tolerance and Peace. There are only 100 places and if you are interested, please let me know and I will send you a registration form when they become available.

I am also attaching the June edition of E-Links, the current ICJW magazine. Please read this as you will learn more about the organisation.

Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent