Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. She was Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue from 2011 until March 2020 and is now Rabbi Emerita. She is a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Chair of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is also a member of the Executive Board, Leo Baeck Institute London. Her latest book on Antisemitism ‘What it is. What is isn’t. Why it matters’ (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.
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Gerald Jacobs & Julia Neuberger
Compared to their neighbours in North, East and West London, the Jewish communities on the other side of the river tend to be less discussed. Countering that we have Gerald Jacobs, literary editor of the Jewish Chronicle, and Julia Neuberger, Britain’s second-ever female rabbi. Jacob’s latest novel Pomeranski takes us to 1950s Brixton and beyond, featuring gangsters, boxers, jazz and the rag trade. Baroness Neuberger was rabbi of the South London...
Let’s Talk About Love and Death
Andrew Solomon, author of international best-seller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger take the association between loss and depression, so acutely observed in Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia, as the starting point for a free-ranging conversation about love, loss, grief and the human condition.
Jewish Arguments: Then and Now
In a world riven with bitter divisions, perverting every opportunity for dialogue, Simon Schama examined the peculiar force of contradictory argument in Jewish tradition. From its distinctive place in the Bible, to the struggle to reconcile revelation with reason in the works of Maimonides and Moses Mendelssohn, at stake is not just the character and future of Israel, but the unity or division of Jews and Judaism world-wide.
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Angels: A Visible and Invisible History
In a 2016 poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. Angels takes a modern look at what was once referred to as ‘angelology’, but which has its real roots in Judaism and in the mighty, sometimes comforting, sometimes terrifying angels who inhabit the books of Daniel, Tobit and Enoch in post-Babylonian exile literature.
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Journeys to Freedom
Two highly respected writers join Julia Neuberger to discuss the Jewish exodus from Europe before, during and after the war. In Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and The Flight from Nazism 1933-1945, Association of Commonwealth Universities secretary general Joanna Newman reveals the little-known story of Jewish refugees making their way to Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. And in The People on the Beach journalist Rosie Whitehouse charts the 1946 journey of 1,000 ...
Plague and Prejudice
During the course of the pandemic – when the benefits of cooperative pursuit of knowledge have been so obvious – ignorance-based hatred and prejudice have seen a rapid rate of infection. Simon Schama explores how ‘viral prejudice’ has been an enduring ...