Events 2023

Jewish Book Week holds recordings of nearly 1000 of our past events. You can click on the boxes below to browse by festival year, or type in the fields to search for a speaker, event title or topic.

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Shylock: Merchant & Matriarch

Contributor(s): Anthony Julius | Brigid Larmour | Tracy-Ann Oberman | Kate Maltby | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 8:00 pm

Something special to close our 72nd festival: star of stage and screen Tracy-Ann Oberman performing excerpts from a radical new production of The Merchant ... read more

Hope is a Woman’s Name

Contributor(s): Amal Elsana Alh’jooj | Bidisha Mamata | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 8:00 pm

An indigenous Bedouin in a Jewish state and a fifth daughter in a patriarchal society, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj was a shepherd at the age of five. Always dri... read more

Hollywood and Israel

Contributor(s): Giora Goodman | Tony Shaw | Jenni Frazer | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 8:00 pm

From Sinatra’s pro-Zionist rallying to Spielberg’s present-day peace-making, Hollywood has long enjoyed a “special relationship” with Israel. Historians... read more

The Marx Brothers: From Vaudeville to Israel

Contributor(s): Robert S Bader | Harry Mount | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 6:30 pm

Like many children of 19th century Jewish immigrants, as each Marx brother boy celebrated his Barmitzvah their formal education was replaced by life on the stag... read more

The Life Fantastic: Myth, Pop & Folklore

Contributor(s): Noa Menhaim | Alan Dein | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 6:30 pm

Western culture as you’ve never seen it before. In a series of mind-blowing essays, critic and broadcaster Noa Menhaim digs down to the roots of stories, my... read more

Pressburger and Pearls

Contributor(s): Kevin Macdonald | Anthony Quinn | Toby Lichtig | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 6:30 pm

With A Matter of Life & Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, Pressburger and Powell changed the face of cinema. Emeric Pressburger also wrote two n... read more

The Collaborators: Deception & Survival in WWII

Contributor(s): Ian Buruma | Simon Callow | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 5:00 pm

A Hasidic Jew fixer, a Manchu princess and Himmler’s masseur; each regarded as both heroes and villains due to their wartime acts. Friedrich Weinreb took ... read more

Lapidarium: The Secret Lives of Stones

Contributor(s): Hettie Judah | Ilana Halperin | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 5:00 pm

From the hematite used in cave paintings and the moldavite that became a TikTok sensation to from crystal balls to compasses, rocks and minerals have always bee... read more

Jonathan Freedland and Anthony Julius in conversation with Hadley Freeman

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | Anthony Julius | Hadley Freeman | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 5:00 pm

An insightful hour with three people who’ve reached the top of their fields. Solicitor Anthony Julius and Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, both de... read more

The Relativity of Death: Eduard Shyfrin

Contributor(s): Eduard Shyfrin | Robert Lawrence Kuhn | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 4:30 pm

Dr Eduard Shyfrin, founder of the Kabbalah of information, best-selling author of From Infinity to Man: The Fundamental Ideas of Kabbalah Within the Framework ... read more

Joanna’s Story: Read by Janet Suzman

Contributor(s): Joanna Millan | David Peimer | Janet Suzman | Trudy Gold | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 3:30 pm

A three-year old child is found in Theresienstadt at the end of the war with no memory of her past, her only words ‘dog’ and ‘soup’. Brought to children... read more

Bill Browder: Surviving Putin

Contributor(s): Bill Browder | Daniel Ross | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 3:30 pm

Can one man take on a ruthless global leader – and win? Financier Bill Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia, but the Moscow jail murder of h... read more

The BDS War: From Academia to Hollywood

Contributor(s): Ronnie Fraser | Lana Melman | David Hirsh | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 3:30 pm

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, conceived at the United Nations World Conference against Racism in South Africa in 2001, unleashed the ... read more

Returning from Silence

Contributor(s): Rupert Swyer | Michael Pye | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 3:00 pm

Michèle Sarde’s lively saga mingles creative writing with family memories. It evokes the prickly, centuries-long life of the Jews in Salonica, with their nos... read more

Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg

Contributor(s): Paul Vallely | Joanne Black | Lizzy Steinhart | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 2:00 pm

The super-rich are shaping our world. Award-winning journalist Paul Vallely follows previous bestsellers Bad Samaritans & Pope Francis with Philant... read more

Jonathan Freedland: The Escape Artist

Contributor(s): Jonathan Freedland | Tracy Chevalier | The Jewish Chronicle

05/03/2023 - 2:00 pm

“Awe inspiring, exciting and poignant, this is a thrilling read, a piece of redemptive storytelling and a work of important Holocaust historical research.” ... read more