League Update 31

2nd December 2020

LJW Update – No. 31

If you missed the very moving AJEX Annual Parade, which was featured on YouTube, you can still watch it online. Go to YouTube and type in AJEX Remembrance Ceremony 2020. It cannot be the same as being physically present but it was still very moving. Footage in the film was taken from various Parades over the years but, in one clip you, can see many of our member (23.48 mins into the film) and Yvonne Josse (LJW President 2016-2019) holding the LJW banner (38.50 mins into the film).


North West Region CCJ Coffee Morning
On Thursday this week, the North West Region held their annual Council of Christians and Jews Coffee Morning on Zoom. The main speaker was Reverend Hugh Bearn who, besides being the Vicar of St. Anne’s Church in Tottington, is her Majesty the Queen’s Chaplain. Also in attendance, were Mayors from the surrounding areas and those who could not attend, sent their apologies.

Cannon Steve Williams, Co-Chair of the Manchester CCJ spoke as did Russell Conn from the Jewish Representative Council. Yvonne Brent brought greetings on behalf of the Executive and members of the League. Over 80 members and guests attended, including one member who lives in Israel.

Congratulations to Anne Morris, Chair of the North West Region, for a very enjoyable morning – even without the cheesecake!


Jewish Chronicle article
Gillian Gold (LJW President 1991-1994)came across a newspaper cutting from early 1980 when the League was based in Woburn House.

A letter appeared in the Jewish Chronicle headed Mental Handicap in Anglo-Jewry. The writer (Mrs. B) was distressed because she could not find any organisation able to help her slightly mentally handicapped daughter undertake some voluntary work as she was unable to find suitable paid employment.

This article was picked up by the then National Welfare Office, Mrs. A. Sherman, who contacted the welfare officer in the Coombe Group. Action was taken and a voluntary post was found although she was always accompanied by a member of Coombe. At the same time, Mrs. B was supported by the group and she started to attend meetings enabling her to come into contact with people who understood her predicament.



Distance has no barriers
A former member in the North West Region, who now lives in Israel, joined our knitting projects and sent premature baby canula covers and baby blankets to Harlow and Barnet hospitals respectively on behalf of the Cheadle and Gatley group. She received ‘thank you’ emails from both hospitals who were probably surprised to receive these from as far away as Israel.


Petitions and Donations

Nursery food
If you heard the tragic news of a little girl that died this week from choking on a sausage at nursery, you may wish to sign this petition to stop serving grapes and sausages in nurseries to prevent another such tragedy. 

Royal Institute of the Blind – What do you do with the stamps on your letters?
The RIB are asking for used stamps which they will recycle to raise much needed funds for their services, such as their Letter from Santa, in accessible formats for children with vision impairment to help them feel included at Christmas.

Be a stamp collector for a good cause

  • Step 1: Get pre-paid collection envelopes or boxes for your stamps by completing the request form, or by calling their Helpline on 0303 123 9999.
  • Step 2: Start collecting stamps as they come through your post box. Make sure you leave a centimetre of envelope or packaging around each stamp.
  • Step 3: Pack up your envelope or box, and pop it in the post using our pre-paid address labels. Request stamp envelopes or boxes

By collecting stamps you’re helping to break down the barriers that stop people with sight loss living life to the full. Stamps are sold by weight and £20,000 was raised last year.


Apart from the four iconic Holocaust films to watch for free on Netflix is Robert Rinder’s My Family, The Holocaust and Me is available on BBC iPlayer.

The Resistance Banker (2018) shows the audacious actions of Walraven van Hall and his brother, Gijsbert, members of a prominent banking family, who for three years bankrolled the Dutch resistance. Together, they stole $250million from Nazi-controlled coffers and borrowed an additional $250m from other bankers to carry out attacks, smuggle Allied pilots to safety and provide financial support to at least 8,000 Jews in hiding during the Second World War. The bravery of van Hall, who was recognised as a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ at Yad Vashem in 1978, is powerfully told.

Operation Finale (2018) – Thrilling drama from director Chris Weitz retelling the true-life story of Mossad agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) and his team, who covertly hunted down and captured Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), while hiding in Argentina. Operation Finale shows Eichmann’s subsequent arrest and trial in Israel in 1961, where he was ultimately executed for his crimes.

Red Trees (2017) – Award-winning director Marina Willer’s father was among 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague during the Second World War. In Red Trees, she traces the perilous journey taken by the family, as told through the voice of her father, Alfred (narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith), from war-torn Eastern Europe to the solace of South America.

Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution (2005) – Powerful six-part documentary series from the BBC, which presents an in-depth look at the story of Auschwitz and features interviews with former inmates, guards and re-enactments of historic events. From conception to reality, mass murder, experimentation and ultimately liberation and revenge, the series covers all aspects of this notorious Nazi camp, where more than one million Jews were sent to their deaths.


If you would like to attend another Group’s Zoom meeting, please contact who will put you in touch with the relevant Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons so that only League members will be able to attend.

Coombe & Surrey

  • From cabin boy to jade connoisseur. The 2nd December meeting’s speaker will be Julian Khon who will tell how his Jewish grandfather sailed east and married a Shan princess.


  • Tuesday 15 December at 8pm – Virtual Chanukah Party. Ian Hardman (who entertained the Pinner group before and was their Bingo caller) has kindly agreed to sing.
  • Tuesday 12 January at 8pm (to be confirmed) Simon Gurevitz on ‘Why You Can’t Believe The Numbers’.


  • Tuesday, 1st December 2020 at 7.30 pm – Valerie Trevor on “Helen Keller, an inspirational life”.

If your Group is having a Zoom meeting and you would like to have other League members attend, please let us know.


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