Events 2020

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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The Tunnel

Contributor(s): A.B. Yehoshua | Jenni Frazer | David Herman

19/04/2020 - 6:00 pm

This discussion was recorded via the Zoom webinar facility. One of the world’s most renowned novelists, A.B. Yehoshua has been dubbed, together with Amos Oz a... read more

The Hollywood Songbook

Contributor(s): Claire Martin | Rob Barron (Piano) | Jeremy Brown (Bass) | Rob Barron (piano) and Jeremy Brown (bass) | Compered by Rob Rinder | Rob Rinder

08/03/2020 - 8:15 pm

Cole Porter, the only non-Jew in a line-up of songwriters boasting the Gershwin brothers, Jerome Kern, Alan Lerner and Leonard Bernstein, to name but a few, cla... read more

The Good State

Contributor(s): A.C. Grayling

08/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

There is a ticking time-bomb at the heart of our representative democracy and in more than 50 countries around the world. The problem is as large and widespread... read more

Mazel Tov!

Contributor(s): J.S. Margot | Justine Solomons

08/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

In 1987, 20-year-old student J.S. Margot responded to a job advertisement from an Orthodox Jewish couple in Antwerp to tutor their four children. This is the st... read more


Contributor(s): Thomas Harding  | Matthew Stadlen | Jenni Frazer

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

In the early 1800s Lehmann Gluckstein fled Eastern Europe for Whitechapel. He and his family created a small tobacco factory that eventually became the largest ... read more

Primo Levi: the Elements of a Life

Contributor(s): Ian Thomson | Simon May

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

In 1987 the Italian writer Primo Levi fell to his death in the house where he was born. More than 40 years after his rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, it n... read more

Misadventures in Chelm (and other stories)

Contributor(s): Izzy Abrahmson & Mark Binder

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Have you heard of Chelm, the village of fools? They make you smile and laugh. In Mark Binder’s spoken and written stories you’ll meet the wise Rabbi... read more

The World According to Physics

Contributor(s): Jim Al-Khalili | Etan Ilfeld

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Jim Al-Khalili shines a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, inviting us to understand what physics tells us about the universe and t... read more

Heroes or Villains: The Blair Government Reconsidered

Contributor(s): John Rentoul | Jon Davis | David Triesman

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

For 13 years Tony Blair was the political colossus in Britain, winning three elections in a row for New Labour. Today he is disowned by many in his own party. D... read more

Under My Hat

Contributor(s): Sally Berkovic | Adam Taub

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Sally Berkovic chronicles the challenges of raising daughters while straddling the tensions between an Orthodox religious life and the forces of secularism. In ... read more

Seeking Love in Modern Britain

Contributor(s): Zoe Strimpel | Mark Lawson

08/03/2020 - 4:30 pm

Zoe Strimpel explores the rise of the dating industry, from 1970 to the present day, revealing how mediated courtship and singleness began in a time long before... read more

Genius and Anxiety How: Jews Changed the World 1847-1947

Contributor(s): Norman Lebrecht | Trudy Gold

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Moses said the Law is everything. Jesus said love is everything. Marx said money is everything. Freud said sex is everything. Einstein said everything is relati... read more

The Outsiders

Contributor(s): Amelia Gentleman | Philipp Ther | Panikos Panayi | Matthew Stadlen

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

The history of Europe is permeated with enforced exodus, displaced peoples and mass migration. Philipp Ther explores the major expulsions and their aftermath fi... read more

Family Business

Contributor(s): Peter Conradi | Carmen Callil | Charlotte Mendelson

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Peter Conradi’s ‘masterpiece’ of a memoir ranges from his European Jewish forebears who came to Britain in the Victorian era to novelist and p... read more

Generation Share

Contributor(s): Benita Matofska

08/03/2020 - 3:00 pm

Generation Share takes readers on a journey around the globe to meet the people who are changing and saving lives, transforming our society, our economy and ult... read more

Einstein on the Run

Contributor(s): Andrew Robinson | Martin Rees

08/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

In the autumn of 1933, Albert Einstein was living alone in an isolated holiday hut in Norfolk, ‘on the run’ from Nazi death threats. There, he toiled peacef... read more