Probably the best known Jewish animal figures today populate Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir of his Holocaust survivor parents, Maus. This session addresses how Spiegelman and some of his predecessors (Heine and Kafka) subvert the tradition of representing Jews as mice even as they seem to reproduce it.
This talk will give lots of guidance for starting to research your Jewish family history, whether in the U.K., Europe, or further afield. More experienced researchers will also find plenty of tips on where to look next for their research.
Join this creative session to learn from each other and to explore how we attribute meaning to different types of texts. This session will include studying texts that each of us find meaningful, practice in building source-sheets and deep questions about what makes something Jewish.
If you’ve ever wondered about… how women feel about the Hijab, Muslim children and sexualisation, prayer spaces for women, Prevent, polygamous marriage, Muslim saddaqa (charity), holding onto Muslim family values…… or anything else – come and ask Hifsa. A session of honesty and mutual support.
Beverley-Jane Stewart was commissioned to paint the story of the Balfour Declaration on behalf of the Jerusalem Biennale 2017. Known as a visual story writer, she links the past to the present. She will be explaining through her art the impact Balfour had on modern Israel.
As environmentalists, community organisers or seekers of peace in Israel-Palestine, our work takes a toll. Using Joanna Macy’s approach, The Work That Reconnects, we will journey through gratitude/modim anachnu; honouring our pain for the world/broken luchot-tablets; seeing with new eyes/lehit’hadaysh and finally, going forth/lech lecha.
R. Gamliel II, autocratic patriarch of Jabneh, is temporarily removed from office. Why? We will examine two contrasting narrative traditions in the two Talmuds. This is part of the Beit Midrash morning intensive for learners with some experience, looking to get close to texts.
Following last year's revelations of Thomas Watson and IBM, this year we will focus on the influence of Henry Ford on both Hitler and the Nazi party. How was Ford both catalyst and stimulant in their early philosophy and development? What was his strategic and commercial contribution to the Third Reich both at home and abroad?
Nativist governments in Eastern Europe, Brexit, and Catalonia's attempted secession have provoked claims that nationalism is on the rise. But French and Dutch elections, coupled with the EU's march toward ever-closer union, suggest otherwise. So are predictions of the return of nationalism overstated, and should European Jews be worried?
Our earliest works of midrash (rabbinic, scriptural interpretation) are traditionally split into two schools: Rabbi Yishmael’s and Rabbi Akiva’s. We will learn about each school, their methods and their philosophies, and see how the conflict between the two is still alive today. Best for those with basic experience learning Rabbinic texts in original.
Not everyone wants to go to Poland. Our virtual tour of Warsaw, with slides of the sites then and now, will tell the story of the Ghetto. We'll walk the streets, meet the great personalities of Warsaw Jewry including rabbis, rebels, conspirators and collaborators and hear their testimonies about life in the ghetto.
This session explores the new and exciting use of drones and aerial photography in exploring heritage and Jewish heritage. Find out what drones are, how they can be used to record heritage and create 2D maps and 3D images to give new perspectives and insights. The presenter describes his journey training and working with this new technology.
Well known as a campaigning whirlwind, Stella Creasy is a prominent Labour Member and Parliament, and a good friend of the Jewish community. Come and hear her discuss life as an MP, her campaigning on women's issues and much more.
This stand-alone session is a chance for book lovers to share insights. We will discuss our favourite extracts, characters and theories - for those who've already read the book and those who haven't but want to find out more. Today's choice is Naomi Alderman’s award winning novel which imagines a future where women really are the dominant sex.
Ever wondered what makes some melodies so instantly memorable? Why do some melodies reach deeply into our hearts while others don’t peak our interest at all? Together, we will listen, analyse and learn the elements of melody and learn how to craft meaningful melodies that tell a story. By the time you leave, you'll have written your own!
Naya is a women's empowerment paper recycling social enterprise based in Kalwa slum, just outside Mumbai. Started in 2016, Naya is already changing lives and attitudes. Join our workshop and learn all about the Naya process, make your own paper, see our products and learn more about women, empowerment and innovation in international development.
This will be an informal discussion session with Rachel, a mother of one of the teens kidnapped & murdered by terrorists in the summer of 2014. Expect a discussion of life, faith, unity, and much more.
What is the Jewish view on reincarnation: nonsense or very possible? What happens in the next world? And how does that affect how we view this world and what we do in life right now? A chance to explore Jewish views and to speculate as to what might be awaiting us.
Reparative/conversion therapy has been rejected by major psychiatric bodies as ‘unscientific’ & ‘deeply damaging’. Mathew is a leading campaigner fighting to ban the practice for minors in the USA. Come and learn how they are mounting this campaign, and what we can do in the UK to ban the practice.
The rabbis had great power, to both use and abuse. We'll meet Rabban Gamliel II, the patriarch used to getting his own way. What are the limits of power? How can power be used as a force for good? This will be our first taste of Talmud.
Mental health is currently a hot topic. But how is the Jewish community responding to this? This session will explore how we can develop a resilient community which has the capacity and capability to be emotionally healthy.
Until the exodus of Christians and Yazidis, the post-1948 displacement of 850,000 Jewish refugees from their homes was the largest population movement of non-Muslims from the Arab Middle East and North Africa, yet the subject is hardly ever discussed. Why is there a conspiracy of silence? Lyn Julius will present her new book 'UPROOTED'.
The history of the Jewish people is one highlighted by moments of great struggle and change. Throughout times of persecution and discrimination, we, and other suffering communities, have used song and music as a means of communal strengthening. Come learn and sing songs of change and anthems of civil rights movements new and old.