League Update 42

4th March 2021

Chag Purim Sameach

1 Victory Road, Hermon Hill, Wanstead, London E11 1UL.
Telephone – 020 7242 8300
Mobile – 0730 5018022

The League’s office is now at the above address

Hunting around the internet, looking for something to write about, I thought I would look at the questions about Purim – so here are some facts you knew or forgot!!

What is the main message of Purim?
Purim is one of the most entertaining Jewish holidays. Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.

What are the traditions of Purim?
Purim is celebrated among Jews by: Exchanging gifts of food and drink. Donating charity to the poor and eating a celebratory meal known as a se’udat Purim.

What does Purim mean in English?
Purim, (Hebrew: “Lots”) Feast of Lots, a joyous Jewish festival commemorating the survival of the Jews who, in the 5th century BCE, were marked for death by their Persian rulers. The story is related in the biblical Book of Esther.

What food do you eat on Purim?
For Ashkenazi Jews, perhaps the most widely held food tradition on Purim is eating triangular-shaped foods such as kreplach and hamantashen pastries.

It is very appropriate that Purim is so close to International Women’s Day. Esther was a shining example of the power that women have. In the Tulmud, there are a couple of contradictory comments on Esther’s beauty. One saying that she was beautiful and the second saying that she had no beauty but that she gave the impression of beauty. Perhaps one is about her actual looks and the second about her inner beauty.

When she realised the danger coming the way of the Jews she took positive action which could have cost her life and whilst she was scared, she still did what she thought was right.

Maybe she is a role model for those of us who sometimes lack confidence, as it shows what can be achieved.


Registration at 1.30pm for a 2pm start

Last week we announced that our speaker for Zoom International Women’s Day Seminar will be Margaret Hodge, Lady Hodge, DBE (née Oppenheimer) who has been the member of Parliament (MP) for Barking since 1994. A member of the Labour Party, she previously served as Leader of Islington London Borough Council from 1982 to 1992.

Places are going fast so if you would like to register your interest, please contact and details will be sent out the week prior to the event. If you book a place and are unable to attend, you MUST inform us as soon as you know so that that place can be given to someone on the waiting list.


Were you a member of Brady Clubs?
A treasure trove of photographs and memorabilia can be found on Looking through recently donated memorabilia, the League formed a Friendship Club at Brady Clubs in 1953. It seems to be short-lived but Miriam Moses was associated with both the League and Brady Clubs. There is now a very large amount of photographs and memorabilia housed at the Bishopsgate Institute, much of which is on-line.

Alongside Elsie Cohen, she co-founded the Brady Girls’ Club in 1925 on Hanbury Street, as a parallel to the older Brady Boys’ Club, which provided educational and leisure opportunities for Jewish young people. She was a founder member of the League of Jewish Women, later serving as president, and a member of the Jewish League for Women’s Suffrage and fought for women’s voting rights for the executive of the United Synagogue, succeeding in 1954.

Another role model?


Personal comment
There has been much hype about the film Roald Dahl Biopic to Olivia. Back in December there was a brief apology, hidden inside the Roald Dahl website, where the family distanced itself from the anti-Semitic sentiments express by Roald Dahl.
The statement said, “Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations”. Am I being cynical when I wonder if this was only now published with a major film being launched?


If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons as only League members will be able to attend. If you wish to join a Zoom meeting you must give ample notice.

League Book Club – Monday, 1st March 2021
If you haven’t received the Zoom information and would like to attend, please contact for the Zoom login.

Coombe & Surrey
Wednesday 17th March at 4.00pm
Jenny Jankel, chair of the Jewish Music Institute, will talk about the amazing life of her late father, the famous band leader Joe Loss.

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 7.30pm – The speaker will be Tricia Brummer, who will be talking about “Puppeteering and Costume Making”.

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

Emails and telephone calls will only be dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursday.