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Family Day 2020

02/02/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place,

Join us for a day of fun family events at Kings Place on the 2nd February 2020. We’ll be hosting four of your favourite authors for kids aged 9 and abo...

In Association with PJ Library and Jewish Child's Day

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Believe It or Snot: The Definitive Field Guide to Earths Slimy Creatures

02/02/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

What is hyena butter, and would you want to put it on toast? How much slime can a hagfish produce in 60 seconds? Which animal produces a snotty sleeping bag?...
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Brain Fizzing Facts: Awesome Science Questions Answered

02/02/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Why is your elbow called your funny bone? How could you escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw? Which animal can breathe through its bottom? And how do t...
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The Great Houdini: the Worlds Most Amazing Escape Artist

02/02/2020 - 2:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Harry Houdini thrilled the world with his death-defying stunts and awesome showmanship, but did you know he was actually called Ehrich? Find out how he was i...
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The Missing: The True Story of My Family in WWII

02/02/2020 - 4:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” durin...
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It’s About Bloody Time

29/02/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett loathes her period. But there’s something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it....
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The Tunnel

29/02/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Novelist, essayist and playwright A.B. Yehoshua has been dubbed, together with Amos Oz and David Grossman ‘one of the three tenors of Israeli literatur...

Sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion

29/02/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Israeli historian Tom Segev offers a masterful account of the complex figure of David Ben Gurion, founder of the Jewish state. Visionary leader, despot, stat...

Sponsored by the New Israel Fund

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Shylock and Caliban Speak

29/02/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Playwrights Robert Gordon and David Peimer present their new play. Shakespeare’s ‘outsiders’ Shylock and Caliban talk back to the societies...
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Make, Think, Imagine Engineering the Future of Civilization

01/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

Drawing on history, his own personal experience and conversations with many of the world’s greatest innovators, ex-CEO of British Petroleum John Browne...
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The Library of Exile

01/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

Prize-winning author and artist Edmund de Waal talks about his library of exile. “This library celebrates the idea that all languages are diaspo...
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The Walls have Ears

01/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Helen Fry reveals the history of the elaborate WWII intelligence operation whereby Hitler’s generals were tricked into giving away Nazi secrets. Orches...
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Add Your Story to the National Library of Israel Archives

01/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Wenlock Room

Making a Simcha?  Mazeltov! Would you like to invite the National Library of Israel? Don’t worry, we w...
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Psychoanalytic Judaism

01/03/2020 - 12:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Psychoanalysis grew up around Jews; this heritage continues to affect it both through the rich exchange between Judaism and psychoanalytic thought, and in re...
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Mother Ship

01/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

After her twins were born at only 30 weeks, Francesca Segal sat vigil in the ‘mother ship’ of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations ...
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Translation Matters

01/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Author Boyd Tonkin wrote that, ‘To write, and to read, is to forever cross thresholds’. Translation opens up new vistas, refreshes language and f...
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Live a Little

01/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Nonagenarian Beryl Dusinbery, forgetter of her own children and tormentor of her two longsuffering carers, meets the sprightly Shimi Carmelli, last of the el...

In Association with the London Library and the 92nd Street Y, Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Learning from the Germans

01/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Philosopher Susan Neiman grew up in the segregated American South during the civil rights movement. She has spent most of her adult life in a Germany still c...
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The Heartless Traffic

01/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Jeremy Robson, described by The Times as ‘a champion of poetry’ selects the best of his poems from the early 1960s to his most recent collections...
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The New Age of Ageing

01/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

We are living in an unprecedented age: this year marks the first time in human history that the number of people aged 65 and over outnumber children aged fiv...

In Association with The Oldie Magazine

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Hip Set

01/03/2020 - 3:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Michael Fertik presents his novel, Hip Set. Oscar Orleans is a Congolese refugee in Israel, the only Hebrew-speaking liaison to the African refugee ...
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Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution

01/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Karl Marx was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history; yet he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker. His Jewish backgroun...
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Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto

01/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

‘What we were unable to cry and shriek out to the world we buried in the ground.’ David Graber, aged 17, the Warsaw Ghetto In 1940 the his...

In partnership with the National Library of Israel

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A Celebration of the Life and Work of Eva Ibbotson

01/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty award-winning bo...
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Judaism and Science: An Introduction

01/03/2020 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Author Eduard Shyfrin discusses his latest book, Travels with Sushi, a mystical, allegorical adventure in an alternate dimension exploring the inter...
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What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Writer?

01/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’ To many of ...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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The Secret World of Sleep

01/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

For consultant neurologist Guy Leschziner’s patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnoea and ...
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Barbara: Dis, quand reviendras-tu

01/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

The French chanteuse Barbara, who would have been 90 this year, defined the meaning of relationships for an entire generation. A million people packed the st...
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We Fight Fascists

01/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Jewish soldiers returned to Britain after WWII believing they had defeated fascism in Europe. Yet in London they faced a revived fascist movement, inspired b...
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The Fashion Revolution: From Berlin to London

01/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Nineteenth century Berlin was the creative centre for fashion and ready-to-wear clothing. Berlin’s clothing companies made modern apparel and developed...
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Translating an Epic: Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad

01/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

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The State of Nations

01/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Politics has undergone a sea change. The world is swinging to populism, and the idea of liberalism has become, to many, the property of so-called elites. New...
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Jerusalem: City of the Book

01/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Benjamin Disraeli said, “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.” Merav M...
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Conversations with Bach

01/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Reaching across three centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions for solo violin and cello are brought to life with readings of new poetry and prose b...
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The Loveliest Girl in Vienna: The Life of Alma Mahler

02/03/2020 - 1:30 pm

JW3,

Tom Lehrer famously wrote a song about Alma, inspired by, he said, “the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary that has ever been my pleasure to read.” A t...
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The Wolf of Baghdad

02/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

“The belief is current among Baghdadi Jews that the wolf keeps away spirits and demons.” David Sassoon, scholar, 1917 Carol Isaac...
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Fictionalising the Holocaust

02/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

‘To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.’ But despite Theodor Adorno’s dictum, dramatising the Holocaust has become a trend, in both b...

In association with the Second Generation Network

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A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

02/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

The journalist and New York Times-bestselling author Adam Gopnik offers a stirring defence of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time....
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Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer?

02/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Poet, leading literary critic and Columbia University teacher Adam Kirsch is one of our foremost experts on Jewish thought and history. His stunning new coll...
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What’s Next for Iran?

02/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In 1979, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown. His replacement, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the birth of the Islamic republic of Iran. Today, o...
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Abram Games: His Wartime Work

02/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Captain Abram Games, holder of the unique title ‘Official War Poster Artist’, designed 100 posters for army use. In 1946 the War Office wrote of ...
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Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

03/03/2020 - 1:30 pm

JW3,

We are all aware of the legendary Dr Jonathan Miller – Beyond the Fringe, theatre and opera director, television presenter and former medical doctor ...

Sponsored by the British Friends of the Jaffa Institute

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Vive la Resistance

03/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Wherever fascism has taken root, it has met with resistance. What drives people to such extraordinary courage? Fergus Butler-Gallie explores the lives of fif...
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Streaming Israel: Michael Grade interviews Ori Elon

03/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Israeli author and filmmaker Ori Elon created hit television drama Shtisel, bringing viewers inside the life of the Haredi community in Jerusalem. Available ...

In Association with the PJ Library

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Spies of No Country

03/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

In 1948, with Israel’s existence hanging in the balance, four men, part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, consisting of Jews native to the Ar...
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The Madness of Crowds

03/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Douglas Murray examines the 21st Century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars pl...
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George Gershwin: A Songbook

04/03/2020 - 1:30 pm

JW3,

Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond, known for her vintage voice that translates the music atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th Century, meets Brazili...
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House of Trelawney

04/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Hannah Rothschild, writer, documentary filmmaker, business woman and philanthropist presents her deliciously funny new novel – at once a moving love story ...
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How to Fight Antisemitism

04/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Antisemitism, says Bari Weiss, is ‘an ever-morphing conspiracy theory in which Jews play the starring role in spreading evil’; it is centre stage...

Sponsored by Avi and Alison Goldberg

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Being Jewish Today

04/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Scholar Tony Bayfield is a former Head of Britain’s Movement for Reform Judaism. Beginning with an account of the journey of the Jewish people and thou...
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The Cairo Genizah

04/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

For a millennium the Jewish community of Old Cairo placed their old books and other writings, from marriage contracts and love letters, to children’s d...
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Who Owns History?

04/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

For millennia, conquerors and oppressors have plundered precious art and artefacts from their creators and owners, from the Parthenon Marbles of Greece; to t...

In Association with the Oxford Literary Festival

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Red Sea Spies

04/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

BBC journalist Raffi Berg tells the true story of Mossad’s fake holiday resort on the Red Sea, a diving centre on the Sudanese coast run by secret serv...
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The Swiss, the Nazis and the Stolen Gold

05/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Switzerland not only financed the Nazis and refused admission to the Jewish refugees fleeing them; the country’s most senior government officials and f...
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The Creativity Code

05/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

We have the ability to create works of art that elevate and transform us. Mozart’s requiem allows us to contemplate our mortality; a Rembrandt po...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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There’s no Business like Show Business

05/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Jerome Kern famously said that ‘Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.’ Born in the Pale of Settlement within the Rus...

Sponsored by the Sheila and Denis Cohen Charitable Trust

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Around the World in 80 Trees: an Illustrated Odyssey

05/03/2020 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Author, Eden Project trustee, WWF ambassador and former BBC TV science producer and commissioner Jonathan Drori has produced a glorious lo...

In Association with Nature Unwrapped

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Mrs Parker of New York City

07/03/2020 - 7:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

“Whatever you think Dorothy Parker was like, she wasn’t” She was famed for her ruthless wit, her satirical verses and sharp-tongued ...
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

07/03/2020 - 7:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Dubbed ‘one of the best writers in the world today’ by author Hanif Kureishi, novelist Elif Shafak has produced a work of great power and beauty....
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Partition Voices

07/03/2020 - 8:45 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

The partitions of India and Pakistan and Israel and Palestine are two of the most tumultuous events of the 20th Century. Remarkable parallels exist between t...

In Association with Oxford Literary Festival

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Wordy: The Show

07/03/2020 - 9:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

How did Simon Schama get to be so … wordy? Find out in a Jewish journey of 70-odd years (and he does mean odd) with music, stories, and some really emb...

Sponsored by Dangoor Education

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Enemies of the People? How Judges Shape Society

08/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

Do judges use the power of the state for the good of the nation? Or do they create new laws in line with their personal views? When newspapers reported a cou...

In Association with Jewish Renaissance

Lies, Unicorns and the Jewish Question

08/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

What can Judaism teach us about today’s information chaos, hyper-propaganda and dangerous polarisation? Join author Peter Pomerantsev and rabbi Jeremy ...
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Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader

08/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

The life of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) was as puzzling as it was brief. How did this cosmopolitan and assimilated European Jew become the leader of the Zionis...

Sponsored by Yachad

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Explore Your Family Story

08/03/2020 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Wenlock Room

Visit our specialists from the Jewish Genealogical Society to discuss your family history at JBW 2020. The Board of Deputies of British Jews is celebr...

In Association with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Genealogical Society

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Escaping with his Life

08/03/2020 - 12:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Nicholas Young tells the inspirational war-time story of his father, Leslie. From Dunkirk to D-Day, he details his capture and escape in Italy, hiding in the...
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How We Remember

08/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

The Holocaust has become a defining ingredient in the Jewish collective memory. The Torah commands us ‘to remember’, because in memory exists con...
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The Europeans

08/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Award-winning historian Orlando Figes presents an enthralling, panoramic cultural history of 19th century Europe through the prism of the intertwined lives o...
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Al Alvarez, Elaine Feinstein and Clive Sinclair: A Tribute

08/03/2020 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

In the past two years we have lost three of the greatest Anglo-Jewish writers of their generation: the poet Elaine Feinstein (1930-2019), the novelist and sh...

In Association with the TLS

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There Should Not Be Goldfish

08/03/2020 - 1:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

In 1938, two children fled the Nazis. 80 years later Adam Kammerling went on a journey through European history with a playlist exclusively of heavy metal. T...
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Einstein on the Run

08/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In the autumn of 1933, Albert Einstein was living alone in an isolated holiday hut in Norfolk, ‘on the run’ from Nazi death threats. There, he toiled pea...
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Independence Square

08/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

A.D. Miller, the Booker-shortlisted author of Snowdrops, tells a story of corruption, betrayal, and where, in the 21st century, power really lies. Twelve yea...
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Josephus and other Jews: Piety and Schism, Faith and Intelligence in Jewish History and Culture

08/03/2020 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Titus Flavius Josephus (born as Joseph ben Mattathias) was a Jewish general turned Roman historian and the author of The Jewish War, an account of t...

The George Webber Memorial Event

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Generation Share

08/03/2020 - 3:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Generation Share takes readers on a journey around the globe to meet the people who are changing and saving lives, transforming our society, our economy and ...
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Genius and Anxiety How: Jews Changed the World 1847-1947

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

More tickets for this event go on sale 9 January. Moses said the Law is everything. Jesus said love is everything. Marx said money is everything. Freu...
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The Outsiders

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

The history of Europe is permeated with enforced exodus, displaced peoples and mass migration. Philipp Ther explores the major expulsions and their aftermath...

In association with JCORE

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Family Business

08/03/2020 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Peter Conradi’s ‘masterpiece’ of a memoir ranges from his European Jewish forebears who came to Britain in the Victorian era to novelist an...
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Seeking Love in Modern Britain

08/03/2020 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Zoe Strimpel explores the rise of the dating industry, from 1970 to the present day, revealing how mediated courtship and singleness began in a time long bef...
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The World According to Physics

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Jim Al-Khalili shines a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, inviting us to understand what physics tells us about the universe an...

Sponsored by the Klein and Morris families

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Heroes or Villains: The Blair Government Reconsidered

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

For 13 years Tony Blair was the political colossus in Britain, winning three elections in a row for New Labour. Today he is disowned by many in his own party...

In Memory of Robin Hyman

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Under My Hat

08/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Sally Berkovic chronicles the challenges of raising daughters while straddling the tensions between an Orthodox religious life and the forces of secularism. ...
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Legacy

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In the early 1800s Lehmann Gluckstein fled Eastern Europe for Whitechapel. He and his family created a small tobacco factory that eventually became the large...
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Primo Levi: the Elements of a Life

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

In 1987 the Italian writer Primo Levi fell to his death in the house where he was born. More than 40 years after his rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, i...

In Association with the TLS

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Misadventures in Chelm (and other stories)

08/03/2020 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Have you heard of Chelm, the village of fools? They make you smile and laugh. In Mark Binder’s spoken and written stories you’ll meet the wise Ra...
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The Good State

08/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

There is a ticking time-bomb at the heart of our representative democracy and in more than 50 countries around the world. The problem is as large and widespr...
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Mazel Tov!

08/03/2020 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras Room

In 1987, 20-year-old student J.S. Margot responded to a job advertisement from an Orthodox Jewish couple in Antwerp to tutor their four children. This is the...
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The Hollywood Songbook

08/03/2020 - 8:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Cole Porter, the only non-Jew in a line-up of songwriters boasting the Gershwin brothers, Jerome Kern, Alan Lerner and Leonard Bernstein, to name but a few, ...

Sponsored by Jacqueline and Michael Gee

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An Evening with Hadley Freeman

16/03/2020 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Join Guardian columnist and feature writer Hadley Freeman, as she talks to Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland ...

In partnership with Guardian Live

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Translating an Epic Vasily Grossmans Stalingrad

29/03/2020 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Due to popular demand, author Robert Chandler and interviewer David Herman are repeating their sold-out event at Jewish Book Week 2020. Russian author...
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The Ratline: On the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

20/05/2020 - 6:45 pm

The London Library, 14 St James's Square, St. James's, London SW1Y 4LG

In partnership with The London Library , Philippe Sands, award-winning author of the bestselling East West Street, discusses his re...
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