Events 2007

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Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise And Fall Of a Forgotten Nation

04/03/2007 - 4:45 pm

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David Schneider spoke to Paul Kriwaczek about his engaging and entertaining, though controversial book on the history of the Yiddish-speaking Jews. Why does ...
Judith Kerr

04/03/2007 - 4:15 pm

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In this rare event, the renowned children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr spoke about her life and work which has delighted and charmed generations of...
Missing Kissinger

04/03/2007 - 4:15 pm

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Etgar Keret’s short stories are fast paced and precise, hilarious and off-the-wall, they are also dark, sometimes violent, and often intensely poignant...
Shared Histories

04/03/2007 - 4:30 pm

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There is no single history of the development of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there are always two narratives. The most prominent example is the event P...
Passion: Travelling in Search of History

04/03/2007 - 4:00 pm

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For more than fifty years, Martin Gilbert has been travelling the world in search of people and documents to illuminate his quest for Jewish historical facts...
Purim Puppet Show

04/03/2007 - 4:15 pm

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The Pomegranate Puppet Theatre performed their magical Purim show, ‘The Story of Esther’: an all –singing-all -dancing interactive version of the origi...
Forgiveness and Retribution

04/03/2007 - 4:15 pm

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Judith Butler’s book, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence is considered her most impassioned and personal book to date. In it she offe...
Howard Jacobson in conversation with Peter Florence

04/03/2007 - 3:30 pm

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The seriously funny writer, our greatest British Jewish novelist, spoke to Peter Florence about literature, comedy, Jewishness and much more. The conversatio...
Michael Rosen

04/03/2007 - 4:00 pm

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Michael Rosen’s mother told him not to kvetsch, greps at the table or chup his soup. His father told him he was meshugge. His mother told him not to be...
Gabriel Josipovici in conversation with Bryan Cheyette

04/03/2007 - 10:45 am

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Gabriel Josipovici has been publishing fiction and criticism for close to forty years. Last year saw the publication of a substantial volume of essays, The S...
Reading Louis Jacobs

04/03/2007 - 10:30 am

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs was Anglo-Jewry’s greatest scholar. To mark his passing, a structured reading scheme has been set up in London, Chicago, Jerusalem a...
The Seventh Gate

04/03/2007 - 10:15 am

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In The Seventh Gate, the fourth volume of Richard Zimler’s series, Isaac Zarco, a distant relative of the 16th-century Portuguese kabbalist, becomes convin...
Rubies and Rebels

04/03/2007 - 5:00 pm

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Continuing in the long tradition of Jewish women causing trouble Susannah Heschel, Julia Neuberger and Lynne Segal explored the impact of the Women’s Movem...
Remembering Babylon

04/03/2007 - 10:00 am

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Naim Kattan grew up in a multicultural Baghdad as did Marina Benjamin’s grandmother. A violent pogrom shook their world in 1941 and eventually 130, 000 Jew...
I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

03/03/2007 - 10:45 am

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Nora Ephron launched her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, at Book Week. In this session Nora Ephron examined the indignit...
How to Write Children’s Books

02/03/2007 - 11:15 am

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The prolific and much loved children’s writer and founder of Barn Owl Books, Ann Jungman explained how to write captivating stories and get published.


The Dream of the Poem

02/03/2007 - 11:00 am

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Peter Cole presents his anthology, The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, arguably the most powerful body of Jewish ...
How to Write a Good Crime Novel

02/03/2007 - 11:00 am

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Sophie Hannah, the author of the gripping psychological suspense novel, Little Face, shared some secrets of the trade. Sophie Hannah is a bestselling p...
Reading Group: Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy

01/03/2007 - 12:00 pm

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We looked at a great classic: Reuben Sachs, written in 1888: ‘This is a novel about women, and Jewish women, about families, and Jewish famili...
Meet the Author: Olivia Lichtenstein

01/03/2007 - 11:45 am

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Olivia Lichtenstein read and discussed Mrs Zhivago of Queen’s Park, her sharp, funny and deliciously entertaining first novel about how to sur...
Documentary Film: Saul Bellow’s Gift

01/03/2007 - 11:45 am

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Martin Amis in conversation with author Saul Bellow. They spoke about his background and life in America, his work and the influences on it. Interweaving the...
Bookniks: Postcards From the Unholy Land

01/03/2007 - 12:15 pm

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Viewed from the outside, Israel sometimes appears to be a maelstrom of violence, insecurity and religious-secular conflict. But Israel is also a hub of creat...
Meet the Author: Jonathan Wilson

28/02/2007 - 12:30 pm

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A Palestine Affair In British-occupied Palestine after WW1, a beleaguered London painter and his American wife witness the murder of...
Documentary Film: Philip Roth’s Twenty First Century

20/02/2007 - 12:30 pm

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Mark Lawson is in conversation with Philip Roth, arguably the most powerful voice in modern American fiction. During this frank and provocative interview Rot...
Doing Our Bit For a Better World

20/02/2007 - 11:30 am

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For those who are fed up with the way we are destroying the planet and governments talk without achieving anything, the session with Michael Norton and Hilar...
Bookniks: Is Humour Good for the Jews?

01/03/2007 - 1:15 pm

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We brought you some of the hottest Jewish talent on the comedy circuit for what was an hour of laughs, discussion and kvetching. Jonny Geller asked whether h...
Living with Mother

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Michele Hanson’s mother Clarice decided that rather than being miserable whilst paying for a care home she could be miserable for free living with her daug...
The Bookniks Session

01/03/2007 - 11:30 am

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It was a cabaret fusion of music, visuals and a selection of live literary performances from some of JBWs most exciting talent including Idit Eshel, Etgar Ke...
Passions: Jews On and Off the Record

28/02/2007 - 12:15 pm

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The role of Jews in creating the popular music industry has been widely documented. Less known is the part played by a handful of Jews in the making of class...
Great Writers of the 20th Century: Abraham Joshua Heschel

28/02/2007 - 12:00 pm

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Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was perhaps the most significant Jewish theologian of the 20th century. His daughter, Susannah Heschel explored the legacy...
Meet the Author: Rohan Kriwaczek

27/02/2007 - 4:45 pm

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The violinist, clarinettist, bagpipe player and self-appointed Acting President of the Guild of Funerary Violinists presented his groundbreaking book An Inco...
Documentary Film: David Grossman

27/02/2007 - 2:15 pm

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In See Under: Peace (1993) the leading Israeli author, visits the Territories the day after Israel and the PLO signed a peace agreement. He finds op...
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: A Tour of the Jewish Horizon

28/02/2007 - 12:25 pm

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Antisemitic attacks are on the rise, the Iranian president calls for the eradication of Israel and the war in Lebanon split the diaspora. But Jewish culture ...
Take Off Your Party Dress

28/02/2007 - 3:15 pm

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“If I have to read one more headline,” Dina Rabinovitch writes to a friend, “announcing that the cure for cancer is only years away, I may just scream ...
The Power of Prayer

27/02/2007 - 2:00 pm

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George Webber Memorial Evening Is Jewish prayer an eternal constant or does its role evolve in a contemporary world? ...
Passion for Programmes

27/02/2007 - 2:00 pm

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“Small dark Glaswegian Jew” as his first BBC interviewer labelled him, today one of the most influential men in British television, Jeremy Isaacs spoke a...
Reading Group: Suite Française

26/02/2007 - 3:30 pm

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Suite française was the lost masterpiece rediscovered a few years ago by Irene Nemirovsky’s daughter. A very rare view of France at war by a great writer ...
Inspired by the Bible

24/02/2007 - 2:00 pm

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David Maine conveyed Cain’s anguish in the beautiful Fallen and Noah’s wife and children’s dismay in the humorous Flood. The Geni...
Documentary Film: Aharon Appelfeld

26/02/2007 - 3:15 pm

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The film is a riveting half hour lecture given by Aharon Appelfeld at Cambridge University in 2003 in which he discusses the writing of Holocaust survivors...
Survivors’ Stories

26/02/2007 - 3:15 pm

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Extraordinarily, Roman Halter made it out of the Lodz ghetto, survived Auschwitz and endured the Dresden bombing, before finally escaping to England. ...
The Illusion of Return

26/02/2007 - 3:00 pm

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In The Illusion of Return, his first novel in English, Samir El-Youssef explores the themes of memory and personal and collective tragedy. Comedy se...
Meet the Author: Cecil Helman

26/02/2007 - 3:45 pm

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Suburban Shaman: Tales from Medicine’s Front Line ‘To be a good doctor you have to be a compassionate chameleon, a sha...
The Outsider

26/02/2007 - 2:15 pm

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‘Between man and citizen there is a scar: the foreigner’ Julia Kristeva The idea of the ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’, provides a nexus for ex...
The Attack

25/02/2007 - 4:45 pm

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The Attack is the second novel in a trilogy in which Khadra sets out to describe the contemporary Middle East, in particular the galvanising power ...
Translation Masterclass

25/02/2007 - 4:45 pm

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“In order to translate the Bible, you have to do philological spade work. That is sort of like detective work.” “After I was well i...
Web of Deceit: The War in Iraq

25/02/2007 - 4:00 pm

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After WW2, Western democracies united in trying to create a new world order protecting human rights, preventing wars and promoting free trade. Philippe Sands...
Rome and Jerusalem

25/02/2007 - 4:45 pm

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Both historians took us back to 70 AD and the destruction of the Second Temple. Martin Goodman considered the reasons for this brutal and extraordinary confl...
Walking tour of Jewish Bloombsbury

25/02/2007 - 4:30 pm

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The walk was an experience of Jewish Bloomsbury. Leonard Woolf was contextualised in this walking tour which went through the heartland of the Bloomsbury Ci...
Janusz Korczak

25/02/2007 - 4:30 pm

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‘Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be  -the unknown person ins...
Passions: Bob Marley

25/02/2007 - 4:15 pm

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In The Book of Exodus, Vivien Goldman takes in the history of Bob and the biblical roots of the Exodus story, as central to the Rastafarian as it is...
Mr Gum

25/02/2007 - 4:15 pm

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An angry bathtub fairy, a stinky old man, chocolates made by dolphins and lemon meringue pie! All in this zany, off-the-wall new series from comic genius/ be...
Edgardo Cozarinsky in conversation with Julia Pascal

25/02/2007 - 4:15 pm

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The Argentinian writer spoke about life as seen from the New World, longings for the Old World, 1920s Buenos Aires, Jewish gauchos, literature and films....
Taboos

25/02/2007 - 2:00 pm

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Should everything be allowed in the name of free speech? How do we react to offensive cartoons? Can we make fun of the Holocaust? Are mothers sacred? Does cr...
In Search of the Real Leonard Woolf

25/02/2007 - 4:00 pm

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Victoria Glendinning spoke to Anne Sebba about Leonard Woolf, exploring his career as a writer, novelist and political thinker, his devotion to his wife Virg...
Graphic & Novel

25/02/2007 - 4:00 pm

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Two young and brilliant graphic artists discussed with Paul Gravett the importance of their Jewish roots. Funny, irreverent and bold, Joann Sfar paid homage ...
Self-Made Englishmen

25/02/2007 - 3:15 pm

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Andrew Miller’s great grand-parents emigrated from Eastern Europe to the East End of London. In The Earl of Petticoat Lane, he tells the amazing s...
Corresponding With The Past: An Israeli Born Author Bears The Scar Of The Holocaust

25/02/2007 - 4:30 pm

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Nava Semel discussed writing about the children of Holocaust survivors in search of an Israeli identity. She gave her personal view on the pain and the hope,...
No Laughing Matter: Martin Amis in conversation with Christopher Hitchens

25/02/2007 - 3:15 pm

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Martin Amis spoke to Christopher Hitchens about Saul Bellow with whom he developed an intimate friendship, about the role of the writer as intellectual, the ...
Behold, There Were Twins in her Womb (Gen 25:23)— One Birth, Two Sons, Three Approaches

24/02/2007 - 5:00 pm

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Jewish Book Week proudly opened the 2007 festival by bringing together admired authorities on the Bible. The majestic translations of the distinguishe...