Festival 2022 Saturday 26 February - Sunday 06 March | Tickets now on sale

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The Maestro: Furtwängler and the Nazis

26/02/2022 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Taking Sides – the 1995 West End and Broadway hit written by Oscar-winning The Dresser playwright Ronald Harwood and originally directed b...
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Tree of Life

26/02/2022 - 7:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

From Islam’s Tree of Life to Tu BiShvat, trees play a central, often mystical, role in cultures and faiths around the world. Three of our favourite speaker...
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Michael Ignatieff: On Consolation

26/02/2022 - 8:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

How do we console each other and ourselves in an age of unbelief? In On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times, author and academic Micha...

The George Webber Memorial Event

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Marks and Gran

26/02/2022 - 8:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

From meeting at the Jewish Lads Brigade (Finsbury Park Company) in 1960 and making their comedy writing debut for Frankie Howerd in the 70s to their current ...
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The Father: A Revenge

27/02/2022 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

Niklas Frank was just seven when his father Hans Frank, Hitler’s legal adviser and governor general of occupied Poland, was executed a...
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The Man From The Future

27/02/2022 - 11:15 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

Smartphones; game theory; nanotechnology; nuclear weapons. All bear the fingerprints of one remarkable man: John von Neumann. Born into a Jewish family in cu...
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Gerald Jacobs & Julia Neuberger

27/02/2022 - 11:15 am

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

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...
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See Me Soar

27/02/2022 - 12:15 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Bar Sagi was only 15 when she died after a terrible battle with bone cancer. A prolific reader, she was also an astonishingly talented writer, leaving two fu...
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Claudia Roden with Jay Rayner

27/02/2022 - 12:45 pm

Kings Place, H1

A unique chance to see two of the most influential figures in British cuisine and best-loved writers in conversation. 30 years after her first Mediterranean ...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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The Ticket Collector from Belarus

27/02/2022 - 1:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

1999 saw Britain’s first and only ever Nazi war crimes trial. The trial brought Andrei Sawoniuk – a retired ticket inspector, charged with murdering...
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Isaac Rosenberg

27/02/2022 - 1:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Isaac Rosenberg – a Jewish poet, an English poet, a war poet, a painter-poet, a young poet, a great poet. Writers Elizabeth Cook and Anthony Rudolf exp...
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Writers in Translation

27/02/2022 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

In 2021 Jewish Book Week, supported by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, held the second European Jewish Writers in Translation workshop. We are join...
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Simon Schama: Foreign Bodies

27/02/2022 - 2:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

One of our most popular speakers returns with an exclusive event for the 70th anniversary Jewish Book Week, including a special preview of his ne...

In Memory of Robin Hyman

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The Lonely Century

27/02/2022 - 2:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Even before social distancing, loneliness was becoming the defining condition of the 21st century. But, argues academic and broadcaster No...
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London Lives

27/02/2022 - 2:45 pm

, St Pancras Room

London’s oldest literary festival welcomes two of the most exciting new voices in fiction, discussing their stories from across the city and their writing ...
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Yellow Star, Red Star

27/02/2022 - 3:45 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Agnes Kaposi was born in Hungary the year before Hitler came to power and started school at the outbreak of World War II. The Holocaust killed many o...
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Howard Jacobson Talks With Melvyn Bragg

27/02/2022 - 4:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In Memory of Dr David Cohen CBE As Jewish Book Week celebrates its 70th anniversary one of the festival’s favourite speakers marks a mil...

In Memory of Dr David Cohen CBE

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Raymond Gubbay & Rob Rinder

27/02/2022 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

From Yehudi Menuhin, Cab Calloway and Montserrat Caballé to Victor Borge, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Bolshoi Ballet, Raymond Gubbay has worked with the gre...
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The Sassoons

27/02/2022 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

One of the great commercial dynasties of the 19th century, the Sassoons were as eminent as traders as the Rothschild were bankers: a handful of Je...
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The Lost Café Schindler

27/02/2022 - 5:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Meriel Schindler spent most of her life dealing with her father Kurt, an often-impossible man who made extravagant claims about their family...
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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

27/02/2022 - 6:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Famous for his unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations, Mike Leigh is the only British director to have won the top prize at both C...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education; In Association with the TLS

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The First Ghosts

27/02/2022 - 6:15 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Ghosts – nearly every civilisation has its stories; they inhabit something of the essence of what it is to be human. Whether we ‘believe’ or not, we ar...
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The Passenger

27/02/2022 - 6:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Written in the wake of Kristallnacht in a frenzied four weeks, 23-year-old Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz’s unbearably suspenseful an...

In Association with the TLS

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How to be a Literate Jew

27/02/2022 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

For centuries the Jewish ...
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Sondheim Tonight

27/02/2022 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In music and conversation, we celebrate the life and work of one of the most influential cultural figures of the last 70 years, the Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Oliv...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Isy Suttie

27/02/2022 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

After finding fame as Dobby in Peep Show, winning Sony Gold for her Radio 4 series Pearl & Dave and attracting acclaim for her memoir ...
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JBW 2022 Digipass

28/02/2022 - 12:00 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

Jewish Book Week Digi-Pass gives access to all eight KPlayer (online streaming) events for £39.50. Including: Mourning & Evening...
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Mourning & Evening

28/02/2022 - 1:00 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

From burials to sitting shiva, join the authors of two intriguing new books on how Jewish communities mark death. Nessa Rapoport, author of Preparing for...
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Jewish Magic

28/02/2022 - 2:30 pm

On Zoom, Virtual Event

    The deliberate manipulation of supernatural forces for human ends has a long and surprisingly robust place in...

In Partnership with the National Library of Israel; In Association with the Lockdown University

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Ruth Wisse: Free as a Jew

28/02/2022 - 6:30 pm

KPlayer, virtual event

“Ruth Wisse’s intellectual autobiography is a lasting work of profound moral force and scathing political discernment.” High praise from Cynthia Ozick ...

In Association with The Rabin Chair Forum, George Washington University

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Love & Loss

01/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

KPlayer, virtual event

New York Times bestseller Amy Bloom has won international acclaim for her novels, essays, children’s books and short stories, wit...
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Efraim Zuroff: Nazi Hunter

01/03/2022 - 2:30 pm

On Zoom, Virtual Event

    As chief Nazi-hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, over the last four decades Holocaust historian Efraim Zuroff...

In Association with the Lockdown University

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In Crisis, Opportunity?

01/03/2022 - 6:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Could the dual crisis of climate change and Coronavirus create positive change? The authors of two realistic but optimistic books argue it is possible – bu...

In Association with World Jewish Relief

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Stars & Spies

01/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, H2

Espionage relies on secrecy and show business on publicity, but both require high levels of creative thinking, improvisation, disguise and role-play. Stars a...
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Anatomy of a Nation

01/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Best-selling author, novelist, historian and barrister Dominic Selwood investigates Britain’s identities from 950,000 BC to the present, e...
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Steven Isserlis on Bach

01/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

A unique insight into one of the greatest composers of all time, from a leading light of contemporary classical music, in a world-class concert hall. Acclaim...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Bible Stories from Within

01/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

They are often most familiar as the simplified versions we learn as children; yet Bible stories are the products of a highly developed literary culture. Rabb...
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Barca

01/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

FC Barcelona is not only the most popular sports club ever, it’s one of the world’s most influential organisations, with four million visitors to its Cam...
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Fear of Black Consciousness

02/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

KPlayer, virtual event

Afro-Jewish philosopher Lewis R. Gordon, one of the leading scholars of Black Existentialism, joins us live from the US to discuss his groun...
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The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

02/03/2022 - 2:30 pm

On Zoom, Virtual Event

    This is the untold story of the founding father’s likely Jewish birth and upbringing—and its revolutionary consequences for u...

In Association with the Lockdown University

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David Grossman & Melvyn Bragg

02/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

Bestselling and award-laden author David Grossman joins us live online from Israel to discuss his writing and latest novel More Than I L...

In Association with the New Israel Fund

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On Tyranny

02/03/2022 - 8:00 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

Levin Professor of History at Yale Timothy Snyder joins us live from the US following the publication of a new graphic edition, with illustrations b...

Sponsored by Alison & Avi Goldberg

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Henrietta Szold

03/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

Dvora Hacohen, Bar-Ilan Professor of Jewish History, offers a penetrating insight into the dramatic life of Henrietta Szold, a remarkable woman who fought fo...

In Association with the Jewish Book Council

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In the Midst of Civilized Europe

03/03/2022 - 2:30 pm

On Zoom, Virtual Event

    Between 1918-1921, over 100,000 Jews were murdered in Ukraine and Poland by peasants, townsmen and soldiers who blamed the Jews f...

In Association with the Lockdown University

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Culture Wars: A Conversation

03/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

150 years after ‘Culture War’ (Kulturkampf) was first used to describe the clash between church and state in Prussia, and three decades after sociologist...
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Women of Rothschild

03/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Rising from the Frankfurt ghetto to unrivalled wealth and power, the Rothschilds are one of the most mythologised families of modern times – yet the women ...
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The Ottomans

03/03/2022 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Thanks in part to the Ottomans, for much of history Jews have had a positive image of Muslims. Acclaimed historian Marc David Baer charts the intimate relati...

In Association with the Jerusalem Foundation

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Inside Stories

03/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

A psychiatrist and a neurologist walk into a book festival. Not the start of a joke, but of a fascinating hour as two experts help us to make sense of the mi...
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Lehrer, Dylan & Cohen

03/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Music journalist and author of Genius & Anxiety Norman Lebrecht is joined by an illustrious trio to discuss the lyrics, lives and legacy...

In Association with the London Library

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Home Movie

03/03/2022 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

A beautifully constructed film capturing the previously veiled story of artist and former BBC commissioning editor Caroline Pick...

In Association with the Second Generation Network

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Spark: How Genius Ignites

04/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

KPlayer, Virtual Event

What are the origins of genius? How do luck, failure, personality and serendipity play into the arc of discovery? And why do some people reach extraordinary ...
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An Arab Doctor in Berlin

04/03/2022 - 2:30 pm

On Zoom, Virtual Event

Ronen Steinke , author & Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent tells the remarkable story of Mohammed Helmy, the Egyptian doctor who risk...

In Association with the Lockdown University

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Seder

05/03/2022 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

A celebration of our unlikely existence and how history can bring us all together, in the form of an interdisciplinary piece combining poetry, music and more...
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1952: World on the Cusp

05/03/2022 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

1952 saw the Queen ascend to the throne, The Mousetrap open in the West End and the first Jewish Book Week; all going strong 70 years on while thank...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Literature & Memory

05/03/2022 - 8:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

This still-young century has seen a blossoming of literature by Jewish writers across the world. How have they grappled with the enormous changes in politics...

In Association with Jewish Renaissance

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From the Ground Up: Building a new National Library of Israel

06/03/2022 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

The new National Library of Israel (NLI), adjacent to the Knesset in Jerusalem, is on schedule to open its doors in 2022. The building, a...

In Partnership with the National Library of Israel

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The Jews of Crete

06/03/2022 - 11:15 am

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Crete saw a higher proportion of Jews deported by the Nazis than any other country, virtually eliminating one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities. Rabbi ...

In Association with Jewish Renaissance

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We Were the Newmans

06/03/2022 - 11:15 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

From Apartheid South Africa to a fledgling new South Africa, via the UK and post-Pinochet Chile, Daniel Finkelstein and Beverley Lester discuss Beverley’s ...
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Genesis: Emerging Writers

06/03/2022 - 12:15 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Writers and mentors from the inaugural Genesis-JBW Emerging Writers Programme discuss their experience and read from their work. Fringe events...
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Giving for Good

06/03/2022 - 12:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

The super-rich are silently and secretly shaping our world. In Philanthropy: From Aristotle to Zuckerberg, Paul Vallely, bestselling author ...
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Two Hitlers & A Marilyn

06/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Adam Andrusier spent his childhood in pursuit of autographs. After writing to every celebrity he could think of, from Frank Sinatra to Colon...
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How Jews Made the Art World Modern

06/03/2022 - 1:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

The fate of art stolen by the Nazis has become a cause célèbre in recent decades; Boston University professor of history Charles Dellheim ...
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Collage Haggadah

06/03/2022 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

London based American artist Emily Marbach weaves her imagination through the story of the Exodus and the rituals of Pesach; nearly every page of this unique...
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The Taming of the Jew

06/03/2022 - 2:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Le Monde calls Tuvia Tenenbom “a mystical provocateur”, Die Welt “Michael Moore and Borat in one”; now in The ...
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How to be a Refugee

06/03/2022 - 2:45 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Philosopher and author Simon May joins us to discuss his powerfully moving family memoir, taking on questions of home and belonging that con...

In Association with the Second Generation Network

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The Vaccine

06/03/2022 - 2:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

In January 2020, just weeks after the first known case and months before it took grip globally, immunologist Uğur Şahin told Özlem Türeci, his wife and...
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The Olive-Green Rucksack

06/03/2022 - 3:45 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Journalist Jaana Johansson tells the remarkable tale of her friend Josef Salomonovic (Pepek) who entrusted her with his true story – a story of de...
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Ridley Road: Fighting the Fascists

06/03/2022 - 4:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

50 years after its formation, the story of the anti-fascist 62 Group – the successor to the 43 Group, two veterans of which joined us at Jewish Book Week 2...
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Plunder

06/03/2022 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

In 2015 Menachem Kaiser discovered that the grandfather he had never met had tried for 30 years to reclaim an apartment building in Sosnowiec that had belon...

In Association with the Jewish Quarterly

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Writing the Family

06/03/2022 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Professor of literature, journalist and prize-winning Israeli writer and poet Miron Izakson reflects on family life as the source of authentic literature, ex...
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Going Solo

06/03/2022 - 5:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Now we’re more connected than ever online, spending time alone or being single can seem against the grain, despite being an experience shared by millions. ...
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Can We Talk About Israel

06/03/2022 - 6:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Can’t you just explain the Israel situation to me? In, like, 10 minutes or less? This is the question Daniel Sokatch, head of the N...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Letters of Light

06/03/2022 - 6:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Micha Ullman’s “Letters of Light” will stand in the southern portion of the new National Library of Israel campus in Je...

In Partnership with the National Library of Israel

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Looking for an Enemy

06/03/2022 - 6:15 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

What drives those who hate Jews? 75 years after the Shoah, conspiracy theories about Jews are back in the mainstream, from the left and the right; from the P...
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Worlds Apart

06/03/2022 - 7:15 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse

Two brothers grow up on the Jewish streets of Warsaw. Adolphe moves to Switzerland while Marcus, inspired by Communism, moves east. A century later Marcus’...
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The Obligation of Beauty

06/03/2022 - 7:45 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Internationally renowned artist Mindy Weisel joins us to discuss her candid and compelling memoir After, a lifelong search for beauty that b...

In Association with the Jerusalem Foundation

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Don Black, Marti Webb & Michael Grade

06/03/2022 - 7:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

A fitting finale to the 70th anniversary Jewish Book Week; an evening of live music and memories celebrating...
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Thatcher: The End

06/03/2022 - 7:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Admirers and detractors alike agree that Margaret Thatcher’s premiership changed the country. The final years of her tenure continue to fascinate and we ar...
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