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2021 Festival Pass

07/03/2021 - 11:00 pm

Online only, Digital Pass

Book a pass to get access to all 50+ Jewish Book Week 2021 events from 27th February – 24th March 2021.


Sunday 7 March Festival Pass

07/03/2021 - 11:00 pm

Online, Digital Pass

Buy a pass to watch all 10 events on Sunday 7 March


The Disunited States

07/03/2021 - 9:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

After the tumultuous tenure of Trump, what is next for America? After a year marked by the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, the 2020 election saw th...

Sponsored by Avi and Alison Goldberg

Feline Philosophy

07/03/2021 - 8:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

When I play with my cat, how do I know she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?’ asked Montaigne back in the Renaissance. Present-day ph...
Boris Johnson: The Gambler

07/03/2021 - 6:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

Hero or villain? Maverick or chancer? In his latest book Tom Bower, described by Tatler as “the master of the unauthorised biography”, takes on the curre...
Prince of the Press

07/03/2021 - 5:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  David Oppenheim, Prague’s chief rabbi from 1702 until his death in 1736, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, wh...

In Association with the National Library of Israel

Around the World in 80 Plants

07/03/2021 - 4:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available of KPlayer

After his bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees – and the accompanying full-house talk at Jewish Book Week 2020 – environmentalist Jonathan Drori retu...
David Thomson: Movie Directors

07/03/2021 - 3:00 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  Over the last century our sense of what a director is or should be has shifted from a functionary to an important part of a wider team to the a...
The Ghetto

07/03/2021 - 1:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  Over the last 500 years the ghetto has accrued numerous contrasting and complex meanings; from the heart of Jewish culture in late medieval Wes...

In Association with JCORE and with the Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination

07/03/2021 - 12:30 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

“Brilliant … Deploying him against conspiracy theorists is a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.” So says The Mail on Sunda...
George Steiner: A Celebration

07/03/2021 - 11:15 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Stephen Greenblatt described polymath and polyglot George Steiner as, ‘one of the great, restless wanderers of modern criticism… His...
Survivors

07/03/2021 - 10:00 am

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

How can we make sense of our lives if we do not know where we come from? A question at the heart of both Survivors: Children’s Lives After the Holocaust, a...

In Association with the Second Generation Network

Jews Don’t Count

06/03/2021 - 8:15 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

  Those who think themselves on the right side of history often ignore the history of antisemitism, argues David Baddiel in his highly anticipa...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

How to Stay Sane

06/03/2021 - 6:45 pm

Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Award-winning novelist, TED speaker and activist Elif Shafak returns to Jewish Book Week with her concise and urgent call for conscious optimism in the age...

In Memory of Robin Hyman

Love in Wartime

05/03/2021 - 1:30 pm

Virtual Event, Zoom

The Holocaust remains a subject difficult to grasp and almost impossible to document. Award-winning photographer Max Hirshfeld searched for decades for the r...