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What are Jews for?

Adam Sutcliffe & Rabbi Joseph Dweck

Jewish Book Week 2021

Adam Sutcliffe speaker
Rabbi Joseph Dweck chair

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The Bible singles out the Jews as God’s ‘chosen people’ but the significance of this special status has been understood in many different ways over the centuries. Adam Sutcliffe, professor of European history at King’s College and author of Judaism and Enlightenment, looks at Western thinking on the purpose of the Jewish people from the 17th century to present day and the future. He will be in conversation with Joseph Dweck, the senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom.

Click here to buy What Are Jews For? by Adam Sutcliffe from Blackwell’s.


Adam Sutcliffe is Professor of European history at King’s College London. He is the author of Judaism and Enlightenment and the co-editor, most recently, of Philosemitism in History, The Cambridge History of Judaism: The Early Modern World, and History, Memory and Public Life: The Past in the Present.

Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom. He is American born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. He studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l. Currently, Rabbi Dweck resides in London with his wife, Margalit, and five children.


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What are Jews for?

Adam Sutcliffe & Rabbi Joseph Dweck

Jewish Book Week 2021

Date & start time:Sun 28 Feb – 8pm
Price:£9.50
Performers:Adam Sutcliffe, Joseph Dweck
Genres:Jewish Book Week, Online Events, Words

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