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10 Fascinating Events for Jewish Book Week Super Fans


Jewish Book Week Director Claudia Rubenstein recommends 10 events for those JBW fans who can’t get enough of the talks, performances, debates and readings soon to start on Sat 29 Feb until Sun 8 Mar.

#1 How We Remember

Gabriel Josipovici, Robert Rozett, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Sue MacGregor

Sun 8 Mar | 12.30pm

Last month Anita Lasker-Wallfisch‘s extraordinary survival story was cited in Prince Charles’ World Holocaust Forum speech & featured in the acclaimed BBC film Belsen: Our Story. She joins writer Gabriel Josipovici, crossbench peer Ruth Deech & Yad Vashem historian Robert Rozett for a discussion on the purpose of Holocaust memorialisation in all its complexities.

#2 Shylock Speaks

feat. Janet Suzman, David Peimar, Robert Gordon, Anthony Julius

Sat 29 Feb | 8.30pm

A new take on the classic story of The Merchant of Venice. This world premiere of a new play by David Peimar & Robert Gordon, giving voice to Shakespeare’s famous outsider, is followed by a Q&A featuring the writers, RSC veteran Janet Suzman and chaired by celebrated lawyer & academic Anthony Julius.

#3 The Library of Exile

feat. Edmund de Waal

Sun 1 Mar | 11am

Ahead of his British Museum exhibition of over 2,000 volumes in almost all languages of the world, the acclaimed artist & award-winning author of The Hare With Amber Eyes discusses his celebration of the diasporic nature of languages.

#4 Live a Little

feat. Howard Jacobson, Jenni Frazer

Sun 1 Mar | 12.30pm

Booker prize-winning author Howard Jacobson talks about Live a Little, his latest tale of the love between nonagenarian Beryl Dusinbery and the sprightly Shimi Carmelli.

#5 When Time Stopped
feat. Ariana Neumann

Sun 1 Mar | 3.30pm

As a child in Venezuela Ariana Neumann was fascinated by the enigma of her father Hans. After she discovered an old ID of his with a different name, a story of personal discovery began leading her to discover his escape from Nazi-occupied Prague and his astonishing choice to spy undercover in Berlin for the allies. We’re delighted to welcome Ariana and her intrepid story of her research and her father’s sacrifice.

#6 We Fight Fascists

feat. Daniel Sonabend, Jules Konopinski, Harry Kaufman, Bidisha

Sun 1 Mar | 6.30pm

After WW2 Jewish ex-servicemen and women returned to London to find fascists marching, singing, ‘Well done Hitler, we’ll finish off the Jews.’ This is the story of the 43 Group, the men and women who fought back. Group members Harry Kaufman and Jules Konopinski join author Daniel Sonabend and chair, Bidisha.

#7 Streaming Israel

feat. Ori Elon, Michael Grade

Tue 3 Mar | 7pm

Film writer Ori Elon discusses his runaway Netflix success, Shtisel, a compelling portrait of the lives and loves of a Haredi family living in Jerusalem, with leading media industry figure Michael Grade.

#8 Spies of No Country
feat. Matti Friedman, Jenni Frazer

Tue 3 Mar | 8.30pm

Discover the secrets of the birth of Mossad, the world’s most renowned intelligence agency, with award-winning author and journalist Matti Freedman.

#9 How to Fight Antisemitism
Bari Weiss, Julia Neuberger, Hugo Rifkind, Simon Schama

Wed 4 Mar | 7pm

Simon Schama joins New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss, rabbi Julia Neuberger and Times columnist Hugo Rifkind to discuss the resurgence of antisemitism and how best to fight back.

#10 There’s No Business Like Show Business
feat. Caroline Kennedy, Simon Wallfisch, Iain Farrington

Thu 5 Mar | 8.30pm

In 1988 Carnegie Hall hosted an Irving Berlin centenary concert with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles & many more. That star-studded show is the inspiration for this unique celebration of the songwriter, written & performed by Simon Wallfisch & Caroline Kennedy, featuring such classics as Anything You Can Do & Always.

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