Jacob's Gift: To be a Jew: Jonathan Freedland
Chair: Jay Rayner
Jacob's Gift is Jonathan Freedland's family memoir, about Jewishness, identity and belonging. An inquiry into the inheritance he is giving to his young son, it is told through the story of three members of his family, stretching across the generations and ranging from Czarist Russia to London's East End and British-ruled Palestine.
In this session, Jonathan Freedland gave a sneak preview of his then forthcoming book and in conversation with Jay Rayner, who chipped in some of his own remarkable family history (he is Claire Rayner's son), he shared the very different answers that the three family members he writes about responded to the eternal question - just what does it mean to be a Jew?
Jonathan Freedland is a columnist for The Guardian and the Jewish Chronicle. He also presents BBC Radio 4's The Long View and BBC 4's The Talk Show. Jacob's Gift, is published in October 2004.
Jay Rayner is an award-winning journalist, writer and broadcaster. His novel, The Apologist, was published in May 2004.