League Update 43

19th March 2021

LJW Update – No. 43

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The League’s office is now at the above address.

Registration at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

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 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.



Many thanks to all members who have paid their 2021 subscription. For those members who have not paid their 2021 subscription, please let us have your remittance as soon as possible. This year, we will have a cut-off date of 31st March 2021.

You can either pay directly to your group, send a cheque to the above address or contact and we will send you the bank transfer details.


Mazel Tov to Carol Blindt (Stanmore member) on the birth of her Great Grand-daughter Sophia Rose. Wonderful news.


The League Book Club is going from strength to strength and this week we discussed Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. It was so enjoyed by everyone that some will be reading it again.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 12th April 2021 at 3pm and the book has been chosen by Sandra Brass (Stanmore Group) and is The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende.

Other books recommended were David Badel’s Jews Don’t Count where he discusses how antisemitism is propounded in our national life in thousands of unthinking ways.

Inside, Outside by Herman Wouk – A bittersweet first love, re-lived after forty years, and a tense secret wartime mission between Washington and Jerusalem. An intense, personal book about intimate things,

Yellow Star Red Star by Agnes Kaposi
Agnes Kaposi tells her story of growing up in Hungary and suffering anti-Semitism well before the German invasion and then the amazing story of how she and her family group survived the camps. There is commentary from a historian about the situation in Hungary throughout the period.

A couple of films were also recommended.

Contagion – A real film of our times starring Matt Damon Kate Winslet and Jude Law and directed by Steven Soderbergh, It is about healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people finding themselves in the midst of a pandemic as they work to find a cure. It should have been compulsory viewing for our Government early last year.

Song of Names starring Tim Roth, Clive Owen and Catherine McCormack and directed by Francois Girard is the story about a child who befriends a Polish violin prodigy whose parents leave him in his family’s care. The two boys become like brothers until the musician disappears. Forty years later, he gets his first clue as to what happened to his childhood best friend.


STOP PRESS – Shtisel Season 3 starts 25th March 2021 on Netflix. If you haven’t seen Seasons 1 and 2 yet, you are in for a real treat.


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.

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.

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.