The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years In 22 Objects
Consummate story-teller, Rebecca Abrams, offers tantalising glimpses into Jewish history through the prism of her personal selection from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Many of the objects are little-known treasures and all 22 have remarkable stories spanning 4,000 years of history and covering 14 countries, they trace the evolution of Jewish life and culture from its earliest beginnings in Ancient Mesopotamia through time and space to the modern day. From objects such as a magic amulet used by Christian Kabbalists, a viola da gamba with links to crypto-Jews, and a forged Nazi banknote, Abrams extrapolates the lives of ordinary citizens, merchants, scholars, courtiers and kings.
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
Rabbi Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.