Events 2016

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Akiva: Life, Legend and Legacy

- 8:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

The legendary Akiva ben Josef has fascinated Jews for centuries. One of the most important early Jewish sages, his theology is still pondered, argued over an...
The Soho Chronicles

28/02/2016 - 8:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In his book The Soho Chronicles, Matthew Kentridge documents the series of ten animated films made over 22 years by his brother,...
What Happened at the Metropole: A Play in Two Acts

28/02/2016 - 8:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In Association with the Wiener Library. What Happened at the Metropole – a docudrama in two acts – is written by Adam Fergusson and Caroli...
Five selves

28/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Scholar and author Emanuela Barasch-RubinsteinÕs beautiful collection of short stories describes the Ôfive selvesÕ of modern Israeli identity, covering di...
Catch the Jew

28/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Who is Tuvia Tenenbom, alias Tobi the German, the Bnei Brak-born gonzo journalist who goes where others fear to tread? Everywhere Tobi ve...
Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

28/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremis...
Shylock is My Name

28/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Written with Howard Jacobson’s customary originality, energy and wit, Shylock is My Name is the Man Booker Prize-winner’s pr...
Scary Old Sex

28/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In conversation with Irma Kurtz, Arlene Heyman, New York psychoanalyst and Bernard Malamud’s muse, introduces her debut...
Art and Religion in the 21st Century

28/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In Art + Religion in the 21st Century, Aaron Rosen has conducted the first in-depth study of an international roster of contempo...
Nordic Noir

28/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In association with The Finnish Institute in London Nordic Noir has already swept the world. Finland’s Harri Nykänen, cr...
Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

28/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Philip Rylands – Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum – is coming especially from Venice to give an illustrated talk about the collection and ...
Forgotten Fictions: The Wise Virgins

28/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

JBW joins forces with the Society of Authors to celebrate Persephone Press’s new edition of Leonard Woolf’s forgotten classic, The Wise Virgins...
Waking Lions and Chains of Sand

28/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Rapidly following her acclaimed debut One Night Markowitz, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s second novel, Waking Lions, is a gr...
The Ignorant Maestro

28/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In The Ignorant Maestro, symphony orchestra conductor Itay Talgam draws on his experience on the podium to reveal the conductor...
The House by the Lake

28/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Thomas Harding, prize-winning author of Hanns and Rudolf, talks to his cousin, James Harding, about The Ho...
Love, Art and Literature

28/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love and the new Chair of the National Gallery Board of Trustees, knows a thi...
In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

28/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

In association with World Jewish Relief In his new book, veteran war reporter Tim Judah examines the impact of on...
Loose Connections

28/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

King's Place, Room 2

Esther Menell, author of Loose Connections – a counterpoint to her friend and colleague Diana Athill’s publishing memoir Stet...
A Woman on the Edge of Time

28/02/2016 - 11:00 am

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Jeremy Gavron’s searching account of his mother, who was rarely talked about after her death, documents the too-short life of this extraor...
The Rise of the Israeli Right

31/01/2016 - 11:00 am

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The Israeli Right first came to power nearly four decades ago. Its election was described then as ‘an earthquake’ and its reverberations endure. ...
The Big Debate

27/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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The Big Debate addressed the critical issues and challenges confronting Jews today.


Woody Allen: Film by Film

27/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Everyone has their favourite Woody Allen film – whether it’s one of his nervous but hilarious urban romances such as Annie Hallor Manh...
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War

27/02/2016 -

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Having inherited a cache of thousands of letters between his grandparents, Ian Buruma, author of Year Zero, has interwoven his v...
Spies: Fact and Fiction

26/02/2016 - 12:00 pm

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Mishka Ben-David served in Mossad as a high-ranking officer. Now a full-time novelist, he writes tense thrillers about Mossad agents worldw...
The Future of the Professions

25/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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In The Future of the Professions, Professor Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind predict the transformation a...
Going Up

25/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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Frederic Raphael talks with Baroness Joan Bakewell about his memoir, Going Up, a dazzling piece of virtuoso pr...
Abba Eban: A Biography

25/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Abba Eban: A Biography is the first examination for almost 40 years of the man whose exceptional skill as a spokesman for Israel in the internation...
Jews in the Classical World

25/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Experts on the Classical world, Professor Edith Hall and Professor Tessa Rajak, discuss the relationship between the Gre...
What IS going on in France?

25/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Allez Vite! “Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité”: France at the crossroads. In this session focused on Fran...
Operation Thunderbolt

25/02/2016 - 2:30 pm

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In 1976 a group of German and Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, eventually forcing it to land in Uganda. Oper...
Between Tel Aviv and Moscow: A Life of Dissent

25/02/2016 - 1:00 pm

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The story of Leah Trachtman-Palchan’s migration from Eastern Europe to Palestine in 1921 proved anything but predictable.  Her association with the Commun...
History’s People

24/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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Professor Margaret MacMillan interrogates the past with fellow-historian Antony Beevor to consider the role of individu...
Black Horse Ride

24/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis reveals what really occurred on perhaps the worst single day in banking history...
The Vital Question and The Future of Life

24/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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What were the origins of life and what are the biological changes we can expect in the future as our synthetic control over our genes advances exponentially?...
The 3rd Woman

24/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife a...
Captivating Fictions

24/02/2016 - 2:30 pm

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Two of our fastest-rising literary stars, author and editor, Virginia Baily, and Polly Samson, journalist, author and lyr...
Fertile Imaginations

24/02/2016 - 1:00 pm

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Tracy Chevalier and Esther Freud are two of our finest novelists and are both contributors to Reader, I Married Him...
Party Animals Growing Up Communist

23/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing ...
KL: A History of Nazi Concentration Camps

23/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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In a landmark work of history, winner of the JQ/Wingate Prize,Nikolaus Wachsmann, offers an unprecedented, integrated account of the Nazi c...
Jews and Photography in Britain

23/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Until now, little attention has been paid to the pioneering role of Jews in all facets of British photography, from the mid-19th century to the Queen’s con...
Anti-Semitism

23/02/2016 - 2:30 pm

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In his powerful new polemic, Anti-Semitism, renowned novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael considers...
Who Was Moses?

23/02/2016 - 1:00 pm

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The life of Moses is full of ambiguity. He is one of the most significant figures in Jewish history, making a uniquely potent contribution to both the Jewish...
Putin’s Russia

22/02/2016 -

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As a foreign correspondent in his own country, Arkady Ostrovsky has experienced Russia’s modern history first-hand. From the suddenly we...
Fault Lines

22/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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In his memoir, David Pryce-Jones, former literary editor of The FT and Spectator and author of several major works, r...
The White Road

22/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Accompany Edmund de Waal on his personal pilgrimage along The White Road, which tells the story of his obsession with porcelain...
Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers

22/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbersdescribes the profound existential scepticism of the Children of Israel’s forty-year wandering th...
Born Survivors

22/02/2016 - 2:30 pm

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In Born Survivors Wendy Holden recounts the tale of three exceptional women who all gave birth in concentration camps towards th...
Stolen Legacy

22/02/2016 -

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Dina Gold’s Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin is a gripping, true story of her battle to reclai...
The Liberation of the Camps

21/02/2016 -

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Dr Ernst Bornstein was born in Zawiercie, a city in the Silesian province of southern Poland, one of four children. He was a survivor of seven concentration ...
JQ Wingate Prize

21/02/2016 - 8:00 pm

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Find out who is in the running to win 2016’s prestigious JQ Wingate Prize as this year’s judges, Tahmima Anam, Samantha Ellis...
The Jewish Face of Britain

21/02/2016 - 8:00 pm

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Simon Schama returns with a unique event devised exclusively for JBW. In his recent book, exhibition and BBC TV series, The Face of Br...
The Murderous History of Bible Translations

21/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

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Harry Freedman, Bishop Michael Ipgrave and RabbiRaphael Zarum analyse the surprising damage inflicted b...
Ben Okri and Marcus du Sautoy: Narrative Wizardry

21/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

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A breathtaking and unforgettable tour-de-force from two consummate storytellers. Novelist and academic Professor Elleke Boehmer is  their...
Last Folio

21/02/2016 - 6:30 pm

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Yuri Dojc returned to his family’s home in eastern Slovakia to find that time had stood still since the day in 1942 when three-quarters of the Jewish popul...
Let’s Talk About Love and Death

21/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

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Andrew Solomon, author of international best-seller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Rabbi Baroness Julia N...
The Ambassador

21/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

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Award-winning crime writer Matt Rees teamed up with the late Yehuda Avner, adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem...
The Maisky Diaries

21/02/2016 - 5:00 pm

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The diaries of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to the UK from 1932-43, discovered and scrupulously edited by Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky, o...
Judith Kerr: A Storyteller’s Life

21/05/2016 - 3:30 pm

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Judith Kerr is one of the world’s finest and best-loved writers for children and young adults. Among her best-loved classics are ...
You Don’t Have To Live Like This

21/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

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Ben Markovits talks to Tim Martin about his compelling new novel. You Don’t Have to Live...
Scandalous Socialites

21/02/2016 - 3:30 pm

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Natalie Livingstone’s captivating The Mistresses of Cliveden and Claudia Renton’s Those Wild Wyndhams...
Jonathan Unleashed!

21/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

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In Jonathan Unleashed, a romantic comedy set in Manhattan, the wryly funny prize-winning author Meg Rosoff, in conversation with ...
Raoul Wallenberg: A Righteous Man

21/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

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Ingrid Carlberg, winner of the prestigious August Prize for her seminal biography, Raoul Wallenberg, is joined by Philipp...
The Health Gap

23/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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There are obvious factors that influence how long a person or society can be expected to live – income, diet, and education, for example – and others tha...
Einstein in the 21st Century

21/02/2016 - 2:00 pm

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Pedro Ferreira,  Andrew Jaffe and Steven Gimbel evaluate the significance of Einstein’s General T...
Drawing the Genie from the Bottle

21/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

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To mark the publication of the expanded 4th edition of her much-lauded Oxford Companion to Wine, and the brand new 24-hour Wine Expert, t...
The Best Place On Earth

21/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

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Ayelet Tsabari discusses her internationally acclaimed fiction, The Best Place on Earth, which is peopled with characters at the c...
The Great A B: The Extra

21/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

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AB Yehoshua is as creative, humorous and provocative as ever in The Extra, exploring themes familiar to him of love, family relatio...
Be Fruitful and Multiply

21/02/2016 - 12:00 pm

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In his provocative book, The Pater, Elliot Jager tackles a near-taboo topic: the Orthodox Jewish attitude towards infertility and...
Unexpected Israel

21/02/2016 - 12:30 pm

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Ruth Corman’s words and photos bring people and places to life with curious, humorous and moving stories you seldom read in the media: fro...
Einstein: The Man

21/02/2016 - 10:00 am

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Einstein was not only the most famous scientist of the 20th century but a prominent political campaigner, actively engaged in international affairs, with cou...
This is London

20/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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In This is London: Life and Death in the World City, Ben Judah takes the lid off a new London, where over one-third of its populat...
Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein

20/02/2016 - 8:30 pm

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Henry Goodman, Issy Van Randwyck and Clive Rowe presented two performances of song, anecdotes and glamour...
Human Rights and Values for Our Times

20/02/2016 - 7:00 pm

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Francesca Klug, Helena Kennedy and Susan Neiman invite us to consider what is distinctive about the ethics and practice o...
Life Moves Pretty Fast

13/02/2019 -

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Hadley Freeman hosted a Saturday night Valentine’s Special at JW3 based on her latest book, Life Moves Pretty Fast, explainin...
Simon Sebag Montefiore: The Romanovs: Rise and Fall, 1613 – 1918

09/02/2019 - 8:30 pm

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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principali...
Ian Morris: How Human Values Evolve

08/02/2016 - 11:00 am

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Professor Ian Morris draws on archaeology, anthropology, biology and history to put forward a compelling new argument about the root of civ...
FRANK

13/01/2019 -

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Jake Auerbach presented a screening of his new film FRANK about his father, the artist Frank Auerbach, to coincide with Tate Br...