Jewish Arguments: Then and Now
Chair: Julia Neuberger
In a world riven with bitter divisions, perverting every opportunity for dialogue, Simon Schama examined the peculiar force of contradictory argument in Jewish tradition. From its distinctive place in the Bible, to the struggle to reconcile revelation with reason in the works of Maimonides and Moses Mendelssohn, at stake is not just the character and future of Israel, but the unity or division of Jews and Judaism world-wide.
Sponsored by David and Judy Dangoor
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including The Story of the Jews (based on his two-volume work of the same name), Citizens and Rough Crossings. He recently curated The Face of Britain for the National Portrait Gallery and created the book and television series of the same name.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was also Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will also become Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 2020. Her latest book on Antisemitism (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.