Events 2009

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Story Spinners

01/03/2009 - 12:30 am

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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...
Memoir Writing : Getting Started, Keeping Going

28/02/2009 - 2:45 pm

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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 - 2:45 pm

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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...
Meet the Author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter

28/02/2009 - 2:30 pm

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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...
Secret

27/02/2009 - 2:30 pm

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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...
Reading group: Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller

26/02/2009 - 3:15 pm

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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 - 3:00 pm

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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 - 3:00 pm

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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 - 2:45 pm

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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 - 2:45 pm

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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 ...
Meet the author of The J- Word

26/02/2009 - 2:15 pm

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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...
Mystery of the Kaddish

25/02/2009 - 6:15 pm

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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...
Time Capsules

25/02/2009 - 3:45 pm

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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 - 3:30 pm

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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 - 3:30 pm

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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...