News & Events


From Modernists to lyricists and pandemics to academics, our online events programme represents the huge range and diversity of Jewish expertise and culture. We’re delighted to be adding legendary songwriter Don Black to our list of authors with our newly-announced event, The Sanest Guy in the Room. There’s also still time to register for our event on the last one hundred years of pandemics with Mark Honigsbaum and our talk on the Hampstead Modernists, presented with the London Library.

If you’re still craving more cultural delights, don’t forget to check out the great offering of online events from our friends at the Reading Digital Fringe. Plus, you can catch up on last night’s event by visiting our website or clicking on the video at the bottom of this email.

Thursday 23 July, 7pm

Don Black interviewed by Michael Grade


The Sanest Guy in the Room

Presented in partnership with Kings Place

Don Black is the songwriter’s songwriter, a composer’s dream collaborator, and the man behind some of the late twentieth century’s greatest musical numbers. Called ‘the Pelé of lyricists’ by Robbie Williams, Don’s stellar career has seen him win an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Tony and an Ivor Novello Award, as well as platinum, gold and silver disks. In a delightful paean to a life lived through song, Don talks to Michael Grade about working with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Lulu and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Buy The Sanest Guy in the Room from Blackwells.

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Tuesday 14 July, 7pm

Mark Honigsbaum interviewed by Zoe Strimpel


The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris

Presented in partnership with Kings Place

The last one hundred years, from the Spanish flu of 1918 to Covid-19, has been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms. Author Mark Honisbaum talks about scares, both infamous and less known, combining reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases.

Buy The Pandemic Century from Blackwells.


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Thursday 30 July, 7pm

Caroline Maclean talks to Lara Feigel

Circles and Squares: The Lives and Art of the Hampstead Modernists
Presented in partnership with the London Library

Hampstead in the 1930s. Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson have embarked on a love affair which will go on to launch an era-defining art movement.

Circles and Squares chronicles the exhilarating rise and fall of British Modernism, capturing those drawn into Hepworth and Nicholson’s orbit: among them Henry Moore, Herbert Read, Paul Nash and the famed European emigrés Walter Gropius, Piet Mondrian and László and Lucia Moholy-Nagy.


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From Our Friends

From 17-26 July Reading Fringe Digital is hosting over 50 online events covering cabaret, comedy, dance, family shows, film, music, photography, spoken word, theatre, talks. The vast majority of the programme is available for free (with the option to donate directly to the artists) by registering at their website.
Visit Reading Fringe Digital Website

Catch Up 

Delve in to the incredible Jewish Treasures of the Oxford Libraries with Rebecca Abrams and Yoel Finkelman in this recording of last night’s event.
Jewish Book Week is a charity and relies on the generous support of people like you. Our programme of events for the lockdown is free but if you would like to support us with a donation it would be very gratefully received.
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