League Update 53

Literary event
The Tears of Montirini by Amanda Weinberg

On Monday, 24th May 2021, the League Book Club held a very successful Book Club/Literary event.   Amanda Weinberg was the speaker and her book was discussed. Her presentation included photos of the village in Italy which was her inspiration for the book.  If you have read the book, her talk will have enhanced your enjoyment but if you are yet to read the book, it will give you a better understanding of her story.  Amanda’s presentation was extremely interesting and she answered many questions.
I am attaching a recording of the meeting for those of you who were unable to attend.

The next book to be read by the Book Club is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.
Health Matters Seminar
Dementia, what it is and how to prevent it
Tuesday, 15th June 2021 at 10am
We are pleased to welcome back
Dr James Warner BSc, MB, BS, MD, MRCP, FRCPsych, FHEA

Dr Warner is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in older adult’s mental health. He qualified as a doctor from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in 1986. He has been a consultant psychiatrist at Central North West London Foundation Trust since 1998 specialising in diagnosis and treatment of dementia, depression, psychosis and other mental illnesses.
He was elected as chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012, he is the UK representative for Old Age Psychiatry in the World Psychiatric Association and was appointed National Professional Advisor for old age psychiatry at the Care Quality Commission in 2014. He is also the Medical Director of Red & Yellow Care.    
To register, please contact


Mazel Tov to Penelope and Peter Conway 
on the forthcoming wedding of their youngest son
which is due to take place this Sunday.
Let’s hope that the sun shines and they have a glorious day
as they have had to postpone their wedding four times!!


Looking back over the many issue of the League’s newsletter, A Place to Call Home has never been mentioned.   This is an Australian television drama series created by Bevan Lee.  It is set in the period following the Second World War and follows Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp), who returned to Australia after twenty years abroad, to start a new life.
A Place to Call Home is set primarily in the fictional estate “Ash Park” and the nearby fictional country town of “Inverness”.  Ash Park is actually Camelot, a heritage listed property located on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.
Series 6 is now showing on BBC iPlayer but if you can watch this from Series 1, you won’t be disappointed.  The actual filming began in 2012 and premiered in April 2013.  The last series was filmed in 2018.
On the they list several ways how Jewish culture has influenced London.
Fish and Chips – 80% of the population eat Fish and Chips once a year.  Rumour has it that fried fish was first introduced into Britain by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain in the 16th century. The first fish’n’chip shop was opened by a Jewish immigrant Joseph Malin in Cleveland Street, within the sound of Bow Bells around 1860. You say Bagels and I say Beigels
It is thought that the hole in the middle of beigels was to allow bakers to thread them onto dowels when they walked the streets selling their bread.  The famous Beigel Bake in Brick Lane, East London, makes 7,000 beigels every day. 

Language – Words like ‘schtum’, ‘schmooze’ and ‘Chutzpah’ have found their way into every day conversation.

The Full Monty – Montague Burton (now known as Burton Menswear) was a trend setter in the early part of the 1900 marking a quarter of all uniforms for the British Army in the Second World War and a quarter of all demob suits – hence ‘The Full Monty’.  Another opinion is that it refers to three piece suits.

Portable Music – Before iPods were ever thought of, Barnet Samuel and Sons invented the first portable gramophone under the trade name ‘Decca’.


Together Plan – London and suburbs only
This is a charity working together with Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union
for a self-sustainable future.
If you have unwanted items and would like to arrange collection, please contact Suzanne Goodman on 020 8868 1074/07956 888641 who will arrange collection.  No china or electrical goods thank you.


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.


Stanmore Group
Tuesday, 1st June at 7.30pm – Ingrid Sellman, who is a volunteer guide at Willesden Jewish Cemetery, will be talking about the House of Life project.


Northwood Group
Thursday 3rd June at 2.30pm – Judy Karbritz will be speaking about Nicholas and Alexandra, A Love Story – The devasting true story of the Romanov Family’s execution.  Learn whether or not Anastasia survived the bloodbath.  It was under Nichols’ reign that the Kishinev pogrom happened.
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’.