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The New Age of Ageing

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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 five and under.

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Hip Set

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Michael Fertik presents his novel, Hip Set.

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Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution

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Shlomo Avineri, in this revelatory work, argues that Karl Marx's Jewish origins were integral to his work, placing his Jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective. The results are sometimes surprising.

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Life and Work of Eva Ibbotson

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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 books for children and young adults.

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Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto

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In 1940 the historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine organization, the Oyneg Shabes, within the Warsaw ghetto to document Jewish life.

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Judaism and Science: An Introduction

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Author Eduard Shyfrin discusses his latest book, Travels with Sushi, a mystical, allegorical adventure in an alternate dimension exploring the intersection of Judaism, quantum science, kabbalah and G-d.

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Barbara: Dis, quand reviendras-tu?

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The French chanteuse Barbara, who would have been 90 this year, defined the meaning of relationships for an entire generation.

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The Secret World of Sleep

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For consultant neurologist Guy Leschziner’s patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. With compassionate stories of his patients and their conditions, Guy illuminates the neuroscience behind our sleeping minds.

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What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Writer?

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Does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Four of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ - writers discuss the notion.

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The Fashion Revolution: From Berlin to London

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When Hitler came to power in 1933, Berlin’s mainly Jewish clothing industrialists were robbed, displaced or murdered, while their companies were ‘Aryanized’. What happened to those who escaped to Britain - and how did they revolutionise fashion in the UK?

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Translating an Epic: Vasily Grossman’s Stalingrad

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Robert Chandler has produced a magnificent first translation into English of Grossman’s masterpiece, one of the supreme accomplishments of 20th century literature.

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We Fight Fascists

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We Fight Fascists is the story of the 43 Jewish ex-servicemen and women – the 43 Group – who fought back.

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Conversations with Bach

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In 1720 Bach completed his six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. In the same year, Francesco Goffriller made the violin currently owned by Krysia Osostowicz.

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Jerusalem: City of the Book

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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.’

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The State of Nations

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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.

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‘The Loveliest Girl in Vienna’: The Life of Alma Mahler

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The story of one of history’s most complex and charismatic muses, Alma Mahler, is illuminated by acclaimed biographer, historian and filmmaker, Cate Haste.

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A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism

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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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Fictionalising the Holocaust

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Should the Holocaust, the nadir of humanity, be fictionalised? When we do dramatise the suffering, how should we approach it, and should any topics be off limits? A discussion featuring Toby Haggith and Peter Filkins.

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The Wolf of Baghdad

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Carol Isaacs’ graphic memoir of a lost homeland revisits the old Jewish Quarter of 1940s Baghdad, home to a third of the city’s population which witnessed the death or expulsion of almost its entire community of 150,000. Journeying among its ghostly former inhabitants, she brings to life a lost world.

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Abram Games: His Wartime Work

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Captain Abram Games, holder of the unique title ‘Official War Poster Artist’, designed 100 posters for army use. His daughter Naomi Games tells the story of his war work. 

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What’s Next for Iran?

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40 years after the Revolution, our panelists discuss Iran’s place in the world, its deep distrust of the West and demonisation of Israel and the US, the role of women - and what the next 40 years might hold for this much-misunderstood and extraordinary nation.

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Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer?

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Poet, leading literary critic and Columbia University teacher Adam Kirsch is one of our foremost experts on Jewish thought and history.

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Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

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William Miller grew up in Gloucester Crescent, Camden. Hear about the challenges William faced to carve his own identity, his encounters with Princess Margaret (all true) and the struggles he faced to build a meaningful relationship with his famous father.  

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Streaming Israel: Michael Grade Interviews Ori Elon

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Israeli author and filmmaker Ori Elon created hit television drama Shtisel, bringing viewers inside the life of the Haredi community in Jerusalem. He is in conversation with leading media industry figure Michael Grade. 

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