How to be a Literate Jew
Richard Bolchover, Aviva Dautch, Harry Freedman
Chair: Adam Taub
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For centuries the Jewish people have been known as the people of the Book, but what does it mean to be a literate Jew in the 21st century? What are the core texts we should be reading to understand history, literature, philosophy and religion from a Jewish perspective? London School of Jewish Studies lecturer Adam Taub, British Jewry and the Holocaust author Richard Bolchover, poet Aviva Dautch and The Talmud: A Biography author Harry Freedman bring decades of wisdom to discuss this fundamental question.
Richard Bolchover studied Jewish History and Hebrew Literature at University College London, St. Antony's College Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was a Rotary International Foundation Scholar studying at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry. His British Jewry and the Holocaust is published in hardback by C.U.P. and in expanded paperback form by the Littman Library. He has worked in the City for 35 years, co-founding two successful business, and is Vice Chair of the Anglo-Israel Association.Aviva Dautch
Poet and academic Aviva Dautch is the Executive Director of Jewish Renaissance magazine and the resident expert on BBC Radio 4’s ‘On Form’, a series exploring the recent resurgence in formal poetry. Her translation of The Eighth Crossing, a book-length poem by Suhrab Sirat about his refugee journey from Afghanistan to the UK, was published in 2021 by Exiled Writers Ink.
Harry Freedman is Britain’s leading author of popular works of Jewish culture and history. His publications include The Talmud: A Biography, Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul, The Murderous History of Bible Translations and The Gospels’ Veiled Agenda. He has written for the Guardian, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Quarterly, Judaism Today and contributed to the Encyclopaedia of Modern Jewish Culture.
Adam Taub studied Natural Sciences and Law. He practised in the field of Intellectual Property before giving up the Law, much to his grandmother’s concern. He now coaches senior executives for key presentations. He has been a lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies for 20 years and is the co-founder of a charity called Etgar that aims to inspire a love of Jewish learning in young Jewish students.