Rabbi Julia Neuberger

Rabbi Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.

Rubies and Rebels

Continuing in the long tradition of Jewish women causing trouble Susannah Heschel, Julia Neuberger and Lynne Segal explored the impact of the Women’s Movement on Judaism and vice versa. These three formidable women discussed the contradictions and inspirations that come with the overlapping territory at the intersections of Feminism and Jewishness which has shaped their own lives as educators, agitators and activists.

Linda Grant, Julia Neuberger and Anne Sebba on a Lost Classic
2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of GB Stern, the little-known, but influential author of The Matriarch. The book, originally published in 1924, was the first of a series of novels to explore the scandalous life of a west London Jewish family at the dawn of the 20th century. Linda Grant, who has called it “a feminist classic”, discusses the novel’s lasting significance with Rabbi Julia...
Andrew Solomon and Julia Neuberger: Far From the Tree
Celebrated psychologist Andrew Solomon’s multi-award-winning Far From the Tree: Parents Children and the Search for Identitywas selected as a New York Times ‘Ten Best Books of the Year’. Andrew Solomon will be in conversation with Julia Neuberger about his clinical experience in dealing with ordinary families whose children confront out-of the-ordinary challenges, such as genetic disorders, depression, sexual confusion...
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.

Powerful Intergenerational Love Stories
Sarit Yishai-Levi’s dazzling The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a bestselling novel of stories told and untold, following four generations of a Jerusalem Sephardi family through times of dramatic change. Gerald Jacobs’ Nine Love Letters, based on true events, is the tale of two families who flee their homes in Baghdad and Budapest to seek safety in England. As they deal with the challenges, upheavals and horrors of the Holocaust, their fates become intertwined after an unlikely twist of fat...
The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years In 22 Objects
Consummate story-teller, Rebecca Abrams, offers tantalising glimpses into Jewish history through the prism of her personal selection from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Many of the objects are little-known treasures and all 22 have remarkable stories spanning 4,000 years of history and covering 14 countries, they trace the evolution of Jewish life and culture from its earliest beginnings in Ancient Mesopotamia through time and space to the modern day. From objects such as a magic amulet used by...
One Italian Family’s Fight Against Fascism

Award-winning writer Caroline Moorehead, in the concluding volume of her remarkable WW2 Resistance trilogy, draws on the unseen letters and diaries of an extraordinary family in Mussolini’s Italy. The Rosellis, mother and two sons, were in many ways a family like any other, but in their bold and uncompromising resistance to the brutal rule of Fascism, they lived at the limits of love, loyalty and sacrifice.

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. Sponsored by David and...
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. The event features Stage...