Events 2009

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Get out of my Life…. But first take me and Alex into town

01/03/2009 -

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Suzanne Franks and Rebecca Abrams explored the mysterious world of teenagers and gave parents some tips on how to survive the period, remain sane and still l...
Major Farran’s Hat

01/03/2009 -

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David Cesarani discussed his groundbreaking new book about the brutal murder of Jewish activist Alexander Rubowitz in Palestine in May 1947. Reading l...
The Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing Writers Surgeries

01/03/2009 -

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JBW 2009 hosted Six Exclusive one on one 50 minute sessions with Tiffany Murray, experienced Arvon tutor and well known writer. Participants brought a proble...
Masters of Irony

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Alessandro Piperno’s books have been described as post-Primo Levi literature. His novel,The Worst Intentions, is an irreverent description of 3 generations...
A Disappearing Number

01/03/2009 -

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There are many theories about the origins of the various Jewish communities in India but fewer about their slow dissapearance, which can be attributed to int...
Pursuing Justice

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Thomas Buergenthal is a truly remarkable man, now one of the 15 judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, responsible for trying war crimina...
Who Will Write Our History?

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Hailed by the New Republic as possibly “the most important book of history that anyone will ever read”, Who Will Write Our History? tells the astounding ...
Story Spinners

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Two grandes dames of children’s literature met for the first time ever. Between them they have lived in ten countries, won countless awards and written ove...
Omega Minor

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Paul Verhaeghen received the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his truly amazing novelOmega Minor, an exploration of the world of Nazis and Neo-Nazis ali...
Tales of Everyday Craziness

01/03/2009 -

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Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson is fascinated by the irrational. He has exposed the outright lunacy of some of the world’s mo...
The Scribe Who Wouldn’t Scribble

01/03/2009 -

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The townsfolk of Kfar Milim are soon to be opening a Grand Synagogue. They need a new Torah scroll and want no one other than local legend, scribe Rav Katav ...
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

01/03/2009 -

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We spend much of our lives at work – but surprisingly little gets written about what makes work both one of the most exciting and most painful of all our a...
In the Name of Love

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Aaron Ben Zeev examined the dark side of romantic love. Disappointed ideals can mutate into frenzied violence and abandoned lovers resort to murder rather th...
Friendly Fire

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At the core of Yehoshua’s novel, Friendly Fire, is the pointless death of a young soldier, the actual meaning of military terminology and the devastati...
Writing children’s books

01/03/2009 -

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This session was aimed at anyone who would like to write for children. The workshop outlined ways of getting your story on to the page and also discussed how...
The Yiddish Cabaret

01/03/2009 -

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Opening with a melange of memoir, twisted folktale and a Yiddish lesson from one of the pioneering figures in the North American storytelling revival, Michae...
Meet the Author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter

28/02/2009 -

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Itsik Malpesh was born the son of a goose-plucking factory manager during the Russian pogroms – his life saved on the night it began by the young daugh...
Memoir Writing : Getting Started, Keeping Going

28/02/2009 -

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“I’ve started my memoirs three times but I always give up.” “I don’t know where to begin.” This workshop provided a toolkit for wri...
Yiddish Curses and Superstitions

28/02/2009 -

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This session looked into the deeply superstitious nature of the Yiddish language and the ways in which such metaphysical tremulousness contributes to a verba...
Secret

27/02/2009 -

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Set in the aftermath of the Nazi Occupation of France, when shame and fear polluted many a life, Secret tells the troubled story of a sickly boy who grows up...
Meet the author of The J- Word

26/02/2009 -

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“A beautiful, thoughtful portrait of the anxieties and paradoxes of modern Jewish life.” – Linda Grant on The J-Word Yiddish-speakin...
Reading group: Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller

26/02/2009 -

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Betty Miller wrote Farewell Leicester Square, in 1935 but her publisher, Victor Gollancz, ‘turned the book down flat,’ wrote Neal Ascherson in The New Yo...
A Passion for Jazz

26/02/2009 -

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The film-maker Hannah Rothschild describes her great aunt Pannonica Rothschild as “the one who got away” from the weight of responsibility attach...
Documentary Films

26/02/2009 -

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The Jazzman from the Gulag (1999) directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati. A superb documentary film, screened at Vancouver’s 13th Annual Jewish Film F...
Movable Feasts

26/02/2009 -

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For many of us, nothing makes us feel more Jewish than some chopped liver or gefilte fish? Yet, Jamie Oliver would not approve of the shtetl’s diet. Jayne...
The Thoughtful Dresser

26/02/2009 -

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Clothes matter. How we choose to dress ourselves defines our identity. The former editor of Cosmopolitan spoke to Linda Grant, who has shown us that clothes ...
Time Capsules

25/02/2009 -

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Will there ever have been many people who, at the age of twenty-two, were aware that they could suddenly lose all their potential – I feel unembarrasse...
Alcazar – A Night Club at War

25/02/2009 -

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A rare documentary based on the unique home movie footage of a group of 14 Jews hiding from the Nazis above the Alcazar night-club in Amsterdam, at the time ...
Art and Graft

25/02/2009 -

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Eva Hoffman and Richard Sennett, both intellectuals and musicians of the highest standing, discussed what makes the difference between a good and a great per...
A Passion for Life

25/02/2009 -

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Recently affianced, filmmaker, journalist, friend of the stars, socialite and bon-viveur, the aptly named Michael Winner has measured out his life in champag...
On the Contrary

25/02/2009 -

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In his autobiography, On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in the New South Africa, Tony Leon, leader of the opposition to the ANC for thirteen years, loo...
Mystery of the Kaddish

25/02/2009 -

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Three times a day for eleven months, the bereaved say the Kaddish, glorifying God and celebrating life, never once alluding to death. Leon Charney and Naftal...
A Passion for Science

24/02/2009 -

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The author of Touching Distance, a novel based on the true story of a brilliant doctor who discovered germ theory a century before Lister, but died with his ...
Meet the author of The Credit Draper

24/02/2009 -

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In 1911, eleven-year-old Avram Escovitz is shipped off to Scotland by his mother to escape conscription into the Russian Army. He grows up in the tightly-kn...
Shalom Bombay

24/02/2009 -

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1997 – produced by Alex Hayim A poignant and often amusing insight into one of the most exotic and controversial Jewish communities in the Diasp...
The Quest for Identity

24/02/2009 -

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The nature of individual identity was dissected by two of Britain’s most outstanding intellectuals, renowned for their prominence inmany disciplines and th...
Jacob’s Legacy

24/02/2009 -

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Who are the Jews? Where did they come from? What is the connection between an ancient Jewish priest in Jerusalem and today’s Israeli sunbather on the beach...
A Passion for Politics

23/02/2009 -

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Lord Janner of Braunstone QC, Greville Janner, Labour Member of the House of Lords, has always been passionate about politics. At Cambridge, he was both Pres...
Meet the author: My Father’s Roses

23/02/2009 -

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Nancy Kohner had been left with an amazing stash of letters and photos recording the life of her family in Bohemia up to WW2. She set on a long labour of lo...
Jewish Mothers on Screen

23/02/2009 -

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The Jewish mother has been depicted as myth, matriarch and even monstrous. As one trawls through Hollywood, British films and even BT commercials what emerge...
Travels in the Third Age

23/02/2009 -

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Frank, funny and telling it like it is Maureen Lipman and Irma Kurtz shared their outlooks on the passing of years. Lipman’s Past-it Notes recalls t...
American Fervour

23/02/2009 -

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For most people outside the United States, America’s religious fervour conjures up images of intolerance and ultra-conservatism. But Barack Obama captu...
The Doctor in the House

22/02/2009 -

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Famously, Jonathan Miller can turn his hand and astonishing brain to anything. Always entertaining, and invariably instructive, the redoubtable raconteur rev...
Fame and Fortune

23/02/2009 -

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Born in Chicago, Frederic Raphael moved to England as a boy and his father advised him to grow up to be ‘an English gentleman’ rather than ‘...
You Call That Suffering? A Short Story Workshop

22/02/2009 -

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This practical creative writing workshop looked at ways of turning your own experiences and memories into moving and amusing Yiddish short stories. Through w...
Exile in Babylon

22/02/2009 -

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Dr Irving Finkel, curator of the remarkable exhibition, Babylon: Myth and Reality, at the British Museum, took us back to the times of Jewish exile and looke...
Journalism Workshop

22/02/2009 -

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The Just Journalism workshop was facilitated by Director, Rafael Broch, and a number of other JJ staff. Participants learnt about the notion of accountabilit...
The Counterfeiter

22/02/2009 -

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Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, The Counterfeiters retraces the true story of Adolf Burger, recounted in his memoir The Devi...
A Life in Verse

22/02/2009 -

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This session combined an interview and readings, Ruth Padel and Dannie Abse covered writing, love, humour and the role of art, along with the Abse’s la...
Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands

22/02/2009 -

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That tensions exist within Israeli society is not headline news. However, in her original book, Rachel Shabi steers away from the Palestinian-Israeli conflic...
Sea of Azov

22/02/2009 -

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“The dark menace lurking in the best fairy tales is never far from the surface…” JBW 2009 launched World Jewish Relief’s first...
Mamma Mia! or The Joys of Family!

22/02/2009 -

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This was a hilarious session on parents and children, fiction that reads like real life and true stories so incredible they read like fiction. Be among the ...
Marranos: The Other Within

22/02/2009 -

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In his long awaited work, Marranos: The Other Within. Split Identity and Emerging Modernity. Yirmiyahu Yovel tells the fascinating story of people both rejec...
Boobela

22/02/2009 -

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What would it be like to be bigger than your parents, and much bigger than your friends? Joe Friedman, author of the “warm, wise and wonderful” Boobela...
Then

22/02/2009 -

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Then, the sequel to Once, follows Felix and Zelda after they have escaped from the Nazis, but how long can they now survive when there are so many people rea...
Sashenka: Fiction and History

22/02/2009 -

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He had been commended for the lively pace of his biographies of Stalin and Catherine the Great. From megalomaniac leaders to ordinary people, who believed in...
The Word Magician

22/02/2009 -

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We discovered the wonderful world of Brazilian writer Moacyr Scliar. Physician and lifelong resident of Porto Alegre, Scliar tackled contemporary Brazilian s...
Figuring the Human

22/02/2009 -

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Monica Bohm-Duchen, author of the first comprehensive monograph on Polish-born, British-domiciled artist Josef Herman and Marc Chagall’s biographer Jackie ...
Paradise Lost

22/02/2009 -

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This was a nostalgic session on a vanished multicultural Middle East, fragrant Cairo and vibrant Baghdad, where Jews lived in peace with their Muslim neighbo...
Rhyming Life and Death

22/02/2009 -

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For Amos Oz, the wrong word in a sentence is as discordant as a false note in a piece of music. Nicholas de Lange has been translating his work since 1971. H...
Urgent Words

21/02/2009 -

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Amos Oz has often said he writes with two pens: one for his novels, the other to expose injustices and promote peace. Jonathan Freedland spoke to the ...
Writing under Stalin

22/02/2009 -

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Elaine Feinstein and Joseph Sherman write about Jewish writers in Stalin’s Russia. In The Russian Jerusalem, her lyrical novel about history, memory and lo...