League Update 15

6th August 2020

LJW Update – No. 15

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research is launching a UK-wide survey designed to investigate how Jews have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The survey invites all Jews based in the UK and aged 16 or over to answer a series of questions about the pandemic’s impact on their physical and mental health, as well as their employment, finances, social relationships and Jewish lives. Their goal is to generate data that can be utilised to help inform public policy, both within the Jewish community and at a national level, to help the community to steer its way through this crisis.

Please help broaden the survey’s reach by inviting family members and friends living inside and outside your household to complete this survey. Please include people who are both similar and different to you. They are particularly keen to reach young Jewish people, people from the strictly Orthodox community and Jewish people who may see themselves as less engaged or on the periphery of the community. The process is very simple and will take less than 1 minute.

Either click on the link below or cut and paste into your browser or visit where you will find further information about this research project and can join in.

Good news and Mazel Tovs to –

Apologies to Caryll Rose who has informed me that she had a great grandson born in Israel.

Linda Segal on her grandson’s Barmitzvah last month.

Thelma Blackshaw on her forthcoming ‘special’ birthday.

Ann and Bob Kirk celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in May and Bob celebrated his 95th birthday.

Both Ann and Bob received MBE’s for Holocaust education and if you put their names in your browser, you can read very interesting articles about their work including an article on Ann’s life on Today both Bob and Ann work tirelessly to raise awareness of the Holocaust and the experience of the Kindertransport through speaking at activities for Holocaust Memorial Day and throughout the rest of the year. They have two sons and three wonderful grandchildren.

What would we have done without the technology we have in our homes. Many of us would have had to learn quickly how to use Zoom as our grandchildren would have been unable to show us. When needs must ………..

On Wednesday, Newbury Park Group held their first Zoom meeting and it was wonderful to see so many faces and know that they were safe. Until we can meet again, this will be the way forward for the League. Please let us know if you have used technology to keep in touch with your group or if you have gone one step further and had a speaker.

Further to my email earlier in the week, I hope you took up the offer from Technion UK and UK Jewish Film and registered to watch The Women’s Balcony. It was a most enjoyable and uplifting film.

Don’t miss the epic finale to the free National Theatre at Home streams, as Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic Amadeus. Enjoying two sold-out runs in the Olivier Theatre, Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Please remember that the office is closed and Jackie and Tania are on furlough. Emails will only be responded to on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent