League Update 47


21st April 2021 at 11am

The second Webinar in ICJW’s Bridging the Gap series will focus on the voices of four women leaders from ICJW affiliated Jewish women’s organizations in Greece, Poland, South Africa and Sweden.  

The speakers will be –                                                                                                      
Karolina Schnaider from JKS in Sweden – Karolina is involved with the Jewish Women’s Society of Malmo which she initiated and co-founded.    
Aleksandra Jach from the Czulent Jewish Association in Poland – Aleksandra is a social activist and a board member of the Jewish Association Czulent, and she has helped to develop the educational tools for fighting antisemitism.          

Joanna Nahmia from Athens is a Jewish Community Board member.    
Moderator: Lisa Schewitz from the Union of Jewish Women in South Africa.

More information on the speakers can be found on

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Last December, our speaker on Human Rights Day was Jonny Daniels who is the founder and Executive Director of From the Depths.

This information was set up to bridge the past to the future and to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to give a name to those who were brutally murdered.  Jonny works with non-Jews who risked their lives to shelter Jews from the Nazis and who now live in poverty.

In a recent article in the Jewish News, they highlighted that Jonny had raised tens of thousands of pounds to help, among others, 90 year old Lyubov Arkhiptsova-Volchek.   In 1998, the now 90-year-old, Lyubov was recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations – Israel’s title for non-Jews it recognises for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust – she hide her 11-year-old Jewish friend from the Nazis.  Today she lives in abject poverty in Belarus with no inside toilet.
The money raised will be used for the world’s first housing project for Righteous Among the Nations and Lyubov will soon move into a newly renovated apartment. 

League Book Club.                                                                                                                               
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende was a great success although the main criticism was that too many subjects were tackled with, all of which could have been discussed on their own merits.
Our next book will be The Tears of Monterini by Amanda Weinberg and it is set in fictional Monterini, Italy in 1921. Yacobo Levi, an intellectual dreamer, works in the family bookshop. Angelo Ghione, a farmer, makes good wine by singing to the grapes. Lifetime best friends, their Jewish and Catholic families live side by side amidst a backdrop of village communal life and the growth of Benito Mussolini.

The next book club will be on Monday, 24th May 2021 at 3pm and Amanda will join us to discuss the book.  The meeting will be open to all members.

Other books mentioned were –
David Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count 
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Victoria Hislop’s One August Night which is the sequel to The Island.
Happy reading.

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Pinner Group have arranged the following zoom meetings :-
Tuesday 27 April at 8pm – Gillian Perry on ‘The Legacy of Anne Frank’
Tuesday 15 June at 8pm– Maurice Collins speaking about his collection of unusual gadgets on a talk entitled ‘Your Grandmother had one of these but she threw it away’.   
Coombe and Surrey
Monday 19th April at 4.30pm ‘‘Downsizing’ – The Story of my Dolls House’.
Marcia Kuperberg will tell us about her beautiful Dolls House which she built from scratch. Marcia is a professional artist, lecturer and animator. Be prepared to be amazed by this wonderful work of art!
League Book Club – 24th May 2021.  Amanda Weinberg will discuss her book The Tears of Montirini.

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