League Update 23

13th September 2020

LJW Update – No. 23

S h a n a h T o v a h

‘A good year’

Six months ago, we went into lockdown and most of us thought it would only be for a couple of months. How wrong we were!! There seems to be no end in sight but as we approach the High Holidays, most of us will pray for our family and friends to come out at the end of the pandemic in good health.

The Government’s instructions have been updated and, as from Monday, 13th September, there can only be six people an any social gathering. For many of us this means that we will not be with our families over Yom Tov nor will many of us be able to attend Synagogue. What strange times!


We were very sad to hear of the death of Bernard Ross, husband of Ruth Ross who many of you will know. She held many high positions in the League, amongst them she was National Treasurer, on Council and Executive and was very involved with the International Council of Jewish Women. In July, Ruth and Bernard celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. We wish her ‘Long Life”.


Further to the item in last week’s update with regard to members joining other group’s Zoom meetings, information can be found on Don’t forget to login. Stanmore and Pinner groups have held successful Zoom meetings and if you are interested in attending any of their meeting, please contact the and you will receive the necessary ID and password.

Any other groups who are holding Zoom meetings, particularly if they have invited a speaker, please let me know and the information will be put on our website.


B’nai B’rith UK’s Jewish Heritage Days is an event which they have been producing, in conjunction with their European counterparts, for the last twenty years. Due to the dreadful situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they almost had to cancel the 2020 programme for which the theme is “Jewish Journeys”.

As a result of the superhuman effort by all concerned, and the miracle of technology, here is the link to the page turning version You will see they have an excellent programme of mostly virtual, but some live events, and invite you and friends to join in.

Fans of Downton Abbey may enjoy a book recommended at the Newbury Park Zoom meeting by Shirley Diamond – Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey written by the Countess Carnarvon. Almina, the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild and his only daughter, whom he doted on, at the age of 19 married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 people and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff – many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations but when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time and this book weaves Almina’s journey, and those of her family, into the heritage and history of one of England’s most exquisite Victorian castles.

Willesden Cemetery, one of London’s most prestigious Jewish Cemeteries, was opened in 1873 and now, following an award of a £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, they are now able to welcome visitors to the grounds and to their new House of Life visitor experience.

By visiting, you will see their introductory film which is one of the key displays in the visitors centre and find details of guided walks and opening times, etc.

Famous people buried in this cemetery include:

Chief Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz 1872 – 1946 Chief Rabbi 1913 – 1946
Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie 1895 – 1979 Chief Rabbi 1948 – 1965
Rosalind Franklin 1920 – 1958 Co-discoverer of DNA
Marcus Samuel 1853 – 1927 1st Viscount Bearstead, banker and a founder of Shell Oil


My personal recommendation this week is an Amazon Prime film Knives Out – a whodunnit. Written and Directed by Rian Johnson, and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman. The film follows a master detective investigating the patriarch’s death after a family gathering gone awry. The film features many great actors such as Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson and Christopher Plummer. Keeps you guessing to the very end.

We received a phone call from Barnet Hospital thanking the League for all the beautiful knitted items they have received. They cannot thank us enough. However, please note that although we were initially asked to send a note with the blankets, they have asked that no notes be put on the blankets as, unfortunately, not all mothers take home a healthy baby.

For those of you who would a like a reminder, Barnet Hospital, Maternity Unit would be very pleased to receive the following: –
* Knitted baby blankets – 50cm x 50cm.
* Knitted ORANGE ONLY hats for premature babies

They can be left at Reception for the attention of Rowena Shilton. If not, please post them to Barnet Hospital Maternity Unit, For the attention of Rowena Shilton, Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 3DJ who will be very grateful to receive them.

Princess Alexander Maternity Unit would be happy to receive –
* Knitted Canula covers for premature babies
* Knitted RED hats for premature babies

Please send these for the attention of Bobby Phippin, Princess Alexander Maternity Unit, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX or if you would like to leave them with Yvonne Brent, please ring her and she will give you her address – 020 8215 0242.

All tension are different but here are the basics.
* Canula cover for premature babies – No. 8 needles and double knitting wool – 26 stiches and 36 rows of garter stitch the simply sew up the longer sides – should measure 10cm x 14cm.
* Hats for premature babies
Materials: Double knitting wool, 3¼ mm (UK size 10) needles.
Cast on 48 (56) sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 2 ½ (3) inches – 6 (7.5) cms.
Knit 2 together knit 6 – repeat to end of row. Next and every alternate row purl to end
Continue decreasing i.e. knit 2 together knit 5 (4) (3) (2) (1) until 12 (14) stitches remain.
Purl one row.
Knit 2 together 6 (8) times
Thread wool through remaining stitches and fasten off. Sew up using a flat seam. There are many other patterns on the internet.

There will be no Updates until after Yom Kippur and please note that emails will only be dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Keep Safe and Shabbat Shalom

Yvonne Brent

On behalf of the Executive of the League of Jewish Women