Events 2012

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Of Loss and Hope

26/02/2012 - 4:45 pm

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Here are two beautifully written and meticulously researched new novels. Alison Pick’s Booker-longlisted novel, Far to Go, is set in the months leading up ...
Road to Apocalypse

26/02/2012 - 4:45 pm

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A chance discovery in a Sussex chapel led Stanley and Munro Price to the fascinating but forgotten story of Lewis Way. In 1805, Way, a devout evangelical Chr...
Ulysses Revisited

26/03/2012 - 4:45 pm

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For Howard Jacobson, James Joyce’s Ulysses is the greatest Jewish novel of the 20th century; for Henry Goodman the novel that hugely articulated and re...
A New Voice for Israel

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

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The leader of America’s pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby explained to Jonathan Freedland why he felt the need to fund J-Street. He comes from a family who were ...
Hope: A Tragedy

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

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Darkly hilarious, dangerously subversive and extraordinarily bold, Shalom Auslander delivered a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abus...
Jewry in Music

26/02/2012 - 4:30 pm

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Michael Portillo discussed David Conway’s new book Jewry in Music with the author, accompanied by live musical illustrations by Mark Viner (piano) and Clau...
Hebrew Language Session

26/02/2012 -

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In memory of Risa Domb Themes of childhood in Eretz-Israel, the complex relations of the second generation of survivors and Germany, orthodoxy and sec...
Israel After the Arab Spring

26/02/2012 - 4:15 pm

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Will the Arab Spring lead to peace between Israel and its neighbours, or does it mean perpetual war? Is what we’ve been seeing really an Arab Spring, o...
Proust Among The Nations

26/02/2012 - 4:15 pm

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In her book, Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East, Jacqueline Rose takes her far-reaching and often controversial analysis of the Mid...
Almighty Teenagers

26/02/2012 -

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Make way for the almighty teenager. Long have we suspected that this awkward figure, lurking in the shadows is an underrated entity. Here are two nove...
Daniel Stein: Interpreter

26/02/2012 - 9:45 am

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Ludmila Ulitskaya came from Russia to talk about her extraordinary novel, Daniel Stein, Interpreter. Based on the real life story of Oswald Rufeisen who mira...
Protocols of Prague

26/02/2012 - 9:45 am

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David Aaronovitch interviewed Umberto Eco about his brilliant historical novel The Prague Cemetery set in 19th Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, at a ti...
Jazz Piano: A Love Story

26/02/2012 - 9:00 am

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Jay Rayner leaped at the chance to play one of the famed Steinways at King’s Place, and spoke about the music that has shaped his life, his flirtations wit...
Jewish European Heritage in the Age of Diasporas

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

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Zygmunt Bauman took us on a sweeping tour of the history of European Jews and their search for a place. He placed back the birth of Zionism in its context, a...
Pantheon

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

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The novel by Jonathan Freedland – written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne – Pantheon, is set in the Oxford and Yale of 1940. It follows an Oxford acad...
Jewish Legions

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

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In We Are Coming, Unafraid: The Jewish Legions and the Promised Land in the First World War, Michael Keren tells the little-known story of three all-Jewish b...
Israel and the European Left

26/02/2012 - 9:30 am

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Why has the European Left become so antagonistic towards Israel? Is such antagonism in opposition to the policies of successive Israeli governments? Or, is i...
Get Real: How to Tell it Like it is in a World of Illusions

26/02/2012 - 9:15 am

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Oil companies advertise their green credentials. Billionaires orchestrate ‘grassroots’ political movements. Organic food is grown on vast industrial farm...
Trieste

26/02/2012 - 9:15 am

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The Croatian novelist spoke about her first novel to be translated into English,Trieste, the story of a mother who has waited over sixty years to be reunited...
Six Word Memoirs

25/02/2012 - 4:00 pm

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Hemingway’s legendary challenge to write a novel in six words—”For sale: baby shoes, never worn”— has unintentionally created one of the ho...
Retelling the Story

25/02/2012 -

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Why is this text different from all other texts? The Haggadah recounts the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and is read around the Passover table each ...
The Food of Spain

24/02/2012 - 4:00 pm

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Claudia Roden spoke about discoveries she made while researching her new book The Food of Spain. Until the mid 20th century 80 percent of the population in S...
My Son, the Gold Medallist: A short history of the Jews and the Olympics.

23/02/2012 - 4:00 pm

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Entirely made up by David Schneider. From a young Israelite shepherd named David pipping the Philistine champion to the gold medal in the slingshot to...
Major/Minor

23/02/2012 - 3:45 pm

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Alba Arikha has written a vivid and haunting coming-of-age memoir, Major/Minor, set in Paris in the 1980’s. Her father was the artist, Avigdor Arikha; her ...
Film: Mordechai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews

23/02/2012 - 3:45 pm

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Director Francine Pelletier, 2010 52 minutes Canadian novelist Mordechai Richler undoubtedly belongs in the pantheon of Jewish giants who dominated No...
Meet the Author: Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave

23/02/2012 - 3:45 pm

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Why should anyone care about a writer’s house? Why do tourists flock to see where the Brontës lived or where Shakespeare was born? Simon Goldhill was invi...
Religion and Science

22/02/2012 - 3:45 pm

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The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks was the starting point for a conversation between the Chief Rabbi and mathem...
The Third Day

22/02/2012 - 3:30 pm

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In Chochana Boukhobza’s moving novel, The Third Day, two cellists travel to Jerusalem for a concert. For Elisheva, this is above all an appointment with he...
Film: Sara Shilo: No Gnomes Will Appear

22/02/2012 -

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52 mins, Hebrew, English subtitles Screenplay, Director and Cinematographer: Ruth Walk Editor, Producer: Yael Perlov Sara Shilo lives in K...
Meet the Author: Tom Rachman: The Imperfectionists

22/02/2012 - 3:30 pm

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Tom Rachman discussed his first novel, The Imperfectionists, about the quirky, maddening and endearing people who write and read an international newspaper b...
Ron Arad

22/02/2012 - 3:30 pm

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Ron Arad is a central figure in contemporary design, renowned for his willingness to push boundaries between disciplines and experiment with processes and ma...
Meet the Author: Sue Eckstein: Interpreters

21/02/2012 - 3:15 pm

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Sue Eckstein spoke about her devastating and wonderfully understated novel following the stories of three generations of women from wartime Germany to today....
On the Eve: The Jews of Europe before the Second World War

21/02/2012 -

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This is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein presented a disturbing interpretation of the collapse of European Jewish c...
A Place to Call My Jewish Home: Memories of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue 1911-2011

22/02/2012 - 3:15 pm

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An ode to the Liberal Jewish Synagogue on its centenary. Part social history, part reminiscence Pam Fox’s well-researched book draws from lectures, ...
The Patagonian Hare

21/02/2012 - 3:15 pm

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Claude Lanzmann fought in the Resistance, opposed the war in Algeria, was Simone de Beauvoir’s lover and Jean-Paul Sartre’s friend. He played a very ...
What the Grown-Ups were Doing

21/02/2012 - 3:00 pm

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We embarked on an odyssey through 1950’s suburbia –a Metroland of neat lawns, bridge parties and Martini socials through the eyes of an ‘oddball tomboy...
Film: Agi Mishol: Things Happen

21/02/2012 - 3:00 pm

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52 mins, Hebrew, English subtitles Screenplay, Director and Cinematographer: Ruth Walk Editor, Producer: Yael Perlov For the past 30 years...
Constructs of Place: What makes cities tick?

20/02/2012 - 3:00 pm

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What shapes a city’s identity? Who defines it? Is New York about individualism or community? Is Jerusalem about religion, conflict or cafés? This session ...
Film: Orly Castel Blum: Not Far from the Centre of the City

20/02/2012 - 2:45 pm

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52 mins, Hebrew, English subtitles Screenplay, Director and Cinematographer: Ruth Walk Editor, Producer: Yael Perlov Orly Castel Blum bega...
The Poetry of Bob Dylan

20/02/2012 - 2:45 pm

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Bob Dylan’s songs formed an indispensable soundtrack to the 1960s, and have continued to capture the imagination of audiences ever since. His song lyrics a...
The Long Road Home

20/02/2012 - 2:45 pm

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In The Long Road Home, Ben Shephard describes how for 8 million displaced persons the end of the Second World War didn’t mean the end of their ordeal. ...
Meet the Author: Hillel Halkin: Melisande! What are Dreams?

19/02/2019 - 2:45 pm

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Melisande! What Are Dreams? is a first novel by the acclaimed American-Israeli author and translator Hillel Halkin, known for his essays and books of non-fic...
The Golem: Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment

19/02/2012 - 2:45 pm

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JBW 2012 presented a screening of the powerful 1920 silent film classic, ‘The Golem’, accompanied by a brand new musical score from Robin Harris on piano...
The Eichmann Trial

22/02/2012 - 2:30 pm

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The capture of Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem electrified the world and spark...
Lady of Fleet Street

19/02/2012 -

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In the late 19th century at a time when women were still denied the vote, Rachel Sassoon Beer edited both The Sunday Times and the Observer. It was to be ove...
The Origins

19/02/2012 - 2:30 pm

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Both Agnès Desarthe and Fabrice Humbert have written novels about men embarking on a difficult investigation into their own past and the secrets that were k...
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza

19/02/2012 -

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One May day in 1896, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen who had assembled to ...
Yehuda Halevi

19/02/2012 - 2:15 pm

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Yehuda Halevi defined the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry and is considered Poet Laureate of the Jewish people. Like Maimonides, Halevi spanned multiple worlds. ...
Portugal at War: Lisbon and the Jewish Refugees in WW2

19/02/2012 - 2:15 pm

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In Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light 1939-45, a gripping tale of high-stakes intrigue, betrayal, double-dealing, and survival, Neill Lochery te...
Masterclass

19/02/2012 -

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Whether or not Robert Frost ever said it, just about everyone assumes that poetry is in fact what is lost in translation. MacArthur-winning poet and translat...
Fagin the Jew

19/02/2012 - 1:00 pm

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Charles Dickens’s Fagin is one of the most infamous Jewish characters in world literature. Cunning, manipulative and ruthless, Fagin has become synonym...
Trouble-Making Rabbis

19/02/2012 - 1:00 pm

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Navigating the boundaries of sacred and profane David Goldberg and Elli Sarah are two rabbis who have stuck by their convictions, approaching Judaism with bo...
Tales of Mediterranean Coexistence

19/02/2012 - 12:45 pm

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Al-Andalus in Islamic Spain and the 19th Century Levant are often mentioned as legendary times and places of peaceful co-existence between different peoples ...
The Search for Joseph Roth

19/02/2012 -

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The Austrian writer Joseph Roth was born in 1894 on the dusty edge of Eastern Europe. He died, forty four years later in a Paris sanatorium, a rootless, stat...
Jewish London

19/02/2012 - 12:30 pm

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Rachel Kolsky joined us for the launch of Jewish London, throughout the session she delved into literature and films featuring sites, past and present, of Je...
I Lived on this Earth…. Hungarian Poets on the Holocaust

19/02/2012 - 12:30 pm

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Dame Janet Suzman and George Gömöri read poems from I Lived on this Earth… Hungarian Poets on the Holocaust, edited by poet and translator George Gömör...
Taha Muhammad Ali

19/02/2012 - 12:30 pm

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Adina Hoffman’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate-Prize-winning biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali is a moving account of the ways “ordinary” indiv...
Rabbinical Creativity

19/02/2012 - 12:15 pm

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In his three volume work, The Sages, Rabbi Lau vividly describes how the Rabbis of the Talmud developed novel interpretations of Jewish law which could succe...
That Woman

19/02/2012 - 12:15 pm

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Twenty five years after her death, Wallis Simpson exerts a more powerful fascination than ever. That Woman is the first full scale biography written by a wom...
George Webber Evening: Sixty Years On

19/02/2012 - 12:15 pm

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JBW 2012 celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Jewish Book Week. When the first Jewish Book Week took place, memories of the War were painfully fresh and...