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20 November

Two free online events to join from home over the next fortnight

The Jewish Diaspora: In Search of Safety
25 November, 7.30pm (UK time)
This evening of stories and discussions as the British Library, in association with Jewish Book Week, explores the Jewish presence around the world. Journalist Rachel Shabi, author of the National Jewish Book Award-winning Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands, is joined by educator and broadcaster Joanna Newman, whose book Nearly the New World tells the extraordinary story of 1930s Jewish refugees who overcame persecution and sought safety in the West Indies, and Dr Sara Manasseh, ethnomusicologist and performer of music in the Iraqi Jewish tradition. This free online event is available to watch live and then for the following 48 hours.
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Why is Darkness at Noon one of the great novels of the 20th Century?
2 December, 6pm (UK time)

Insiders/Outsiders, in partnership with Jewish Book Week, hosts a free online discussion of Arthur Koestler’s iconic Cold War novel, with the Jewish Chronicle’David Herman, writer Eva Hoffman  Koestler’s niece deputy Ariane Bankes and his biographer Michael Scammell

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While Jewish Book Week produces income from ticket sales, these cover only a third of the festival’s costs. The remainder derives from the generosity of sponsors, grant-givers and individual donors. If you are able to support us, please contribute whatever you can. Your gift will help to ensure that the Jewish Book Council can continue to develop the festival, promote it to new audiences and present the best in contemporary Jewish culture from world-class writers, thinkers and performers.


From our archives: watch for free

In 2014 Marc Russ Federman of New York’s famous Russ & Daughters joined Lance Forman, scion of London’s oldest east End salmon smokery Forman’s, in conversation with food writer Anne Shooter

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