League Update 19

7th September 2020

LJW Update – No. 19

Nita Bharier closed the League’s Day Centre in Woodside Park in December 2019 on a good note with many happy memories and grateful thanks to all the League members who had volunteered from the very beginning when Meals on Wheels began in 1978. Because of the inclement weather from December to February, it seemed the best time to close. Nobody knew then what was going to happen from March onwards.

The Mayor of Barnet visited the Day Centre on the last Monday and awarded Nita the London Borough of Barnet Civic Award for Lifetime Achievement. However, because of the coronavirus, the normal civic reception to present awards was cancelled. This, in its self, was not surprising but what was surprising was that Nita received a telephone call from the Mayor’s Office asking when she would be free so that the Mayor could present the Award personally.

Last week, the Mayor and official photographer, were chauffeur driven to Nita’s home and she received her medal together with a framed certificate. It was all done with ‘social distancing’ with masks on and off in the gardens.

Nita said that this recognition could only have been achieved with the support of her friends in the League of Jewish Women.

A wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman.


If you belonged to Brady Clubs or lived in the East End of London, you may be interested to look at where there are hundreds of photographs taken at the club, skeet and holidays abroad. They date back to the 1940’s and, if you or a relative belonged to the club, you may find a photograph of when you or they were young. You can join the mailing list via the website, if you would like to be kept informed of updates and events, or email This site is funded by the Bradian Trust and the Jewish Historical Society of England to help maintain this important societal document of the Jewish East End.


Yes Studios, the Israeli TV production and distribution company that brought us the instantly iconic series Shtisel, is working on an epic new show.

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a period drama based on the bestselling Israeli novel of the same name by Sarit Yishai-Levy. It tells the story of the Sephardic Armoza family, starting at the turn of the 20th century and ending in the 1970s.

This epic new series stars Michael Aloni, – Kiveh from Shtisel who is also now filming the third series of Shtisel.

At this time, please note that emails will only be dealt with on Tuesday and Thursday.

Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent

On behalf of the Executive of the League of Jewish Women