League Update 17

6th August 2020

LJW Update – No. 17

Do you know Emma Barnett? You may have seen her on Have I Got News for You. She is a British broadcaster and journalist. A former Digital Media and Women Editor for The Daily Telegraph, she is a presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live and an occasional presenter of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. She gave an impassioned monologue about the racist tweeting of rap star, Wiley. You may have already heard her but if not, click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser to read the full transcript. It’s very impressive.


This incident led to The Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, the CST and many members of the Jewish community observing a 48 hour social media silence to let Twitter and Facebook know of the hurt and anger felt.


I came across a list of recommended historical Jewish novels that you may find of interest. I have given a very short resume.

The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams is set in Odessa, USSR, in the 1930s, 1970s and, finally, in the present-day immigrant community in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon – This murder mystery/family saga is based on the Rothschilds the 1760s, when Samuel Roffe sends his sons all across Europe to build a financial empire.

Evergreen by Bleva Plain – A classic tale of an immigrant who comes to America and makes enough money to send their son to Yale… who then marries a non-Jew and their child runs off to a kibbutz.

Flowers in the Blood by Gay Courter is set in India from 1878 to 1898, as headstrong Dinah Sassoon attempts to find both love and professional fulfilment in a time and place when women couldn’t count on either.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah – In Nazi Occupied France one sister hides a deported Jewish friend’s child, while another helps downed American and English pilots escape the country. It’s a particularly female point of view.

In Another Time by Julian Cantor is set in the heart of Germany — but with a twist. Hannah is a Jewish violinist, Max is a German bookseller, they are madly in love but cannot marry. Hannah survives, but doesn’t remember anything that happened over the past five years, while Max seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth.

The Song of the Jade by Lily Manning is set in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. This tale of European Jews who escaped to Shanghai alongside Chinese locals struggling to survive, shines a spotlight on a lesser-known aspect of World War II history.

Exodus by Leon Uris – The story of what happened after World War II as the traumatized Holocaust survivors make their way to Israel is a page-turner and a classic.

The Book of Daniel by E. I Doctorow – It could be the story of any pair of married New York Jews who were convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviets and were put to death, despite pleas from the Jewish community and their two school-aged children.


It was very sad to hear that Stella Pearl, who was a member of Newbury Park Group, had passed away. Stella was widowed during the war and worked in the Foreign Office for many years, once meeting Sir Winston Churchill. Stella married again and shared her passion for music with her husband, who was a professional pianist, and they would often entertain people as she was a very fine singer. Unfortunately, Stella was not blessed with children. Over the years, she knitted hundreds of Teddy bears which she gave to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Haven House. In fact, she gave so many to Haven House that they had a continual supply to sell in their shop. Stella would have been 99 at the end of the year.


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Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent