League Update 50

LJW Update – No. 50

It’s hard to believe that this is Update 50. The idea for the newsletter was to keep the League alive and survive this pandemic intact. From the emails received in the office, we know it is and we are all looking forward to seeing each other again in person. It seems more than likely that we will all be receiving a third vaccine but as long as we are keeping safe, it a small price to pay.


Two events to look forward to –

Literary Event – 24th May 2021 at 3pm. Amanda Weinberg will be talking about her book Tears of Montorini. Set in 1921, Yacobo Levi, an intellectual dreamer, works in the family bookshop and 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. Born on the same day, their children grow up and fall in love. When the 1938 racial laws are passed, the love between Bella and Rico thrives amidst, and perhaps because of the fear and uncertainty. When Angelo discovers their liaison he suggests they marry, but life is complicated and tensions simmer beneath the surface of love and friendship. When war is declared on the day of Bella’s wedding to Michele a fellow Jew, the peaceful village they live in is torn apart, and the Levis find themselves displaced and fighting for their lives. Will life ever be the same again?

The Tears of Monterini is a story of love and betrayal, loyalty and friendship. Inspired by true events, this beautifully written debut will appeal to readers interested in history, Italy, romance, family dynamics and conflict.

If you wish to register, please contact

Health Matters Seminar – We are in the process of arranging a Seminar in June 2021 – date to be finalised. League Seminars have been extremely popular and we are hoping to finalise arrangements by next week. Watch this space.


We heard this week that Miriam Kays has a tenth grand-daughter. Mazel Tov. Wonderful news.


It is with sorrow that we received two pieces of sad news. It was announced in the Jewish Chronicle that Anita Jeffries died. She was a great stalwart of the League. She was a former National Welfare Officer and well known to many.

We also heard that Dorothy Kochan’s son, David, passed away this week. The funeral has taken place but if you would like to attend a Zoom shiva or speak to Dorothy, please contact and we will send you the details.

The shiva will be held at 8pm UK time on Sunday 9th May and Monday 10th May but if you wish to speak to Dorothy, you can do so between 10-12.30 and 3-6pm but not on Shabbat.


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For those of you missing some culture, enter the following into your browser and have a wonderful few minutes.

Sacla’ Stage a Surprise Opera in a School Lunch Hall – YouTube


Langdon College London is a small independent special college for students with learning difficulties. They have contacted the League as they need administrative support – filing, typing, etc. for just a few hours a week at your convenience. They are based in Edgware. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact


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. Unfortunately, if your membership is not up to date, you will not be able to participate. If you wish to join a Zoom meeting you must give ample notice as emails are only dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pinner Group
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’.


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