League Update 32

2nd December 2020

LJW Update – No. 32

On Monday, 14th December, we will be holding a Zoom Seminar to mark Human Rights Day which, this year, is on the 10th December 2020. This event is organised by the International Council of Jewish Women. You are all members of this worldwide organisation as the League of Jewish Women is the UK affiliate.

As you will know, Penelope Conway, is the World President, a role she will maintain until 2022 and several of our members hold high office within that organisation.

There are some 36 affiliates around the world and there is a lot of information on the website about affiliates and their work. Many of them are doing the same work as us.

The League has always been non-political and, if you are interested in international affairs, then more information can be found at

In next week’s newsletter, there will be information about the Seminar as we are still waiting to confirm timing with the speakers and you will be able to register to attend.


As we approach Human Rights Day, it is more than worthwhile watching on BBC (or iPlayer) a short series – Small Axe.

  • Lovers Rock – In 1980, black youths find freedom and romance at London house parties.
  • The Mangrove Nine. The true story of the Mangrove restaurant, a hub of community activism during the 1970s and the subsequent 55 day trial that involved various challenges to the legitimacy of the judicial process.
  • Red, White and Blue – A young black man is driven to become a police officer and change attitudes from within. (Leroy Logan, the police officer portrayed, was interviewed and said that after watching this episode he was moved to tears as it was all so true).
  • Alex Wheatle – The story of Alex Wheatle and his spell in prison after the Brixton riots
  • Education – The story of 12 year old Kingsley, a victim of an unofficial segregation policy.

For a Jew it is not hard to understand the hurt and anger when faced with racism or antisemitism or any other ‘ism’. After watching this series, and feeling the shame at the behaviour displayed by authority, it is a reminder that this is still happening as we can see from the news this week when a young black woman was arrested and she reported being lifted up by her hair braids causing hair to be ripped out of her scalp and then suffered further physical abuse in the police station.


Top of The Times best sellers paperbacks this week is Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens’ debut novel. The author of Where the Crawdads Sing is connected to a real-life murder mystery from 1995, when she and her then-husband, Mark Owens, were doing conservation work in Zambia. There are many mixed reviews online but it will be made into a film in due course. Planning is underway.


When lockdown began in March, many of us spent our days sorting out our homes and, as we still have some time before we can resume our lives, you may be doing this again. If you would like to donate goods, here are some suggested charities.

United Synagogue
At the moment they are only collecting children clothes ages 5-12 years old. They need to be donated in prepacked bags labelled with gender and age. These bags are given out, after they have been quarantined for a week, directly to the asylum seekers.

They are in desperate need of toiletries (shampoos, soap, deodorant, shower gel, ect.) and nappies sized 5. 6 and 6+.

Items can be dropped off at the United Synagogue building in North Finchley on Monday afternoons 1.30 -3.30 pm or on Wednesday mornings 8.30-11am – 305 Ballards Lane, London N12 8GB. If you can organise collection points, they will come and pick up .

The following charities welcome good quality cloths and shoes, stationery, arts and craft materials, toys, Judaica, any equipment, good quality vintage and designer clothes and bags, end of redundant stock of clothes, shoes and quality seconds

All Aboard
You can ring their office on: 020 8736 1250 and they will arrange a collection from your home or you can take your items to any of their shops.

In return, All Aboard are providing World Jewish Relief with financial support towards their international programmes.

There are also two other organisations that send items aboard:

The Together Plan
Contact: Debra Brunner
Kingmaker House
15 Station Road
East Barnet
London EN5 1NZ
+44 7887 687 501

Contact: Ros Bluestone
212 Bullhead Road
Herts WD61RH
01582 540521
+44 7866 429 807


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.

ICJW – Human Rights Day Seminar – Monday, 14th December 2020

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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