Jacob's Gift: To be a Jew: Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland

07/03/2004 12:30 am
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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


Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View as well as the co-host (with the Israeli journalist Yonit Levi) of Unholy, a weekly podcast. He has written twelve books, the latest of which is The Escape Artist: the Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.