The Jewish traditions that new PM Starmer could bring to Downing Street

Keir Starmer’s wife Victoria is Jewish, and the Prime Minister has said he holds Shabbat dinners every week.

Hannah Gillott
The Jewish Chronicle
Fri, 05 Jul 2024

Victorious: Labour leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer

When Keir Starmer makes the move to Number 10 following his landslide victory, the Prime Minister’s official residence will house a Jewish family for the first time in recent history.

Starmer’s wife, Victoria, has kept a relatively low profile throughout her husband’s campaign. The former solicitor was born to a Jewish father with Polish ancestry, and her mother converted to the faith. The couple are now raising their children in the faith, and belong to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St Johns Wood, in London.

Keir Starmer has regularly spoken about the importance of Judaism to his family, and has shared that Friday night dinners are a tradition. Shabbat is a “rock in the week,” he has said.

The new Prime Minister has said he is keen to raise children who “recognise the faith of part of their grandfather’s family,” and Shabbat dinners are an important part of that. “Every week there’s a challah [bread], and we say kiddush [prayer and blessing over wine],” Starmer said of his family’s traditions.

Earlier this week, Rishi Sunak criticised Starmer for saying that as Prime Minister, he would still take the evening off on Fridays – something which Starmer suggested was insensitive and had antisemitic undertones.

Starmer replied:

“I would have thought to anybody it’s blindingly obvious that a Friday night is quite important in some religions and faiths.”

Victoria Starmer’s faith has come into sharper focus politically since October 7. “Half of [my wife’s] family are Jewish, they’re either here or in Israel,” he said. Speaking about the massacre, the Prime Minister shared that “Thank God” none of his wife’s family were directly affected, but that there was “no doubt” they were impacted.

Shortly after the attacks, Starmer expressed his “deep sense of shock” at the rise in antisemitism in the UK. “We stand by Jewish communtiies here, and we stand by Israel internationally,” he said. He also criticised the BBC for their refusal to label Hamas as terrorists. Terrorism is “obviously what we are witnessing,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s commitment to standing with Israel has impacted his family, making them targets for Pro-Palestine groups throughout his campaign. In April, a court heard that Victoria Starmer was “effectively forced out of her own home” after demonstrators protested outside the Starmers’ North London home. The former solicitor was “intimidated and scared” by the actions of the protestors, the prosecutor said.

Combating antisemitism, and standing with the Jewish community, have been an important part of Starmer’s “changed” Labour Party. This has triggered a 50 point swing to Labour among Jewish voters.

The Conservatives still have a slight lead in the Jewish community, with more Jews trusting Sunak than Starmer. Even with his wife bringing the faith to Downing Street, Keir Starmer still has a way to go in gaining the support and trust of Jews in the UK.

Martin comments: The reason this particular bit of news caught my attention is, well, the left Wing are usually aligned with Palestinian sympathies, and the Right Wing associated with Zionist Jewish interests. So while the news of Labour (the Left) taking Downing Street goes against the general trend in the Western world, it just might be a trojan horse, or as the article puts it: a “changed” Labour Party. Meanwhile the NZ MSM has been suggesting that Starmer “has more in common with Biden” than with Trump (I’d take that as an insult where I Starmer!) but that’s a rather simplistic assumption based on Democrat and Labour being Left Wing allies. However, Starmer and Trump may have more in common than the MSM suggest!

One caveat. They belong to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue. Looks pretty Left-wing to me: Liberal Judaism – Home

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I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

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