A giant of Broadway and dance. I will describe Robbins’ personal and professional life with an eye toward his Judaism, despite efforts to mask it. Most Robbins works (West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof) featured the underside of society and ended badly, taking a more challenging view of the American experience.
Conversation with Hasadick the drag king! Come learn everything you don’t know and WANT to know about drag. What is the cultural, political and historical meaning of this performance? How does Judaism intersect with drag? What is drag like in Israel? Participants are encouraged to be active in the discussion.
What was Rav Soloveitchik's position in relation to the State of Israel? We will look at key passages in his work 'Kol dodi dofek' (Listen, My Beloved Knocks) and try to understand why the Rav never went to live in Israel.
This year has seen increasing attacks by Netanyahu on those working to defend Israel’s democracy, including the press, the courts and Israel’s vibrant civil society – not least the New Israel Fund. In the context of the democratic slippage underway in Israel we’ll look at the role of Israel’s progressive civil society & what’s behind these attacks.
Over the latter half of the 20th century, c. 850,000 Jews were expelled and left their homes across the Middle East and North Africa – sizeable Jewish populations in countries such as Syria, Egypt, Iran, and Iraq all but disappeared. Come watch a selection of stories from our archive and discuss how we continue to preserve this important heritage.
Come and join the Families team and PJ Library each evening in the Families Lounge for bedtime stories. Bring your own story or choose one from the PJ Lending Library at Limmud. Pyjamas and cuddly toys encouraged as we get ready for bed.
The session will explore the multi-layered distinctions between the two legendarily competitive sub-groups of Eastern European, Yiddish speaking Jewry. In addition to discussing the famous feuds between Hasidim and Misnagim, we will delve into differences in demeanor, diet and dress, as well as each group's distinct dialect of Yiddish.
The Bible records the conquest of the Golan by the children of Israel. However, most of the Golan was not included in the British Mandate for Palestine and became part of Syria. In this session, we will discuss the status of the Golan Heights under international law.
Is your Jewish community looking for new ways to reach potential community members? Looking to spice up an annual holiday programme that is always the same? Join us for this interactive, energetic session where we will learn how a human-centred design process can help you create new engaging programmes for your community.
Graham Greene published "Brighton Rock" in 1938 and "Gun for Sale" in 1939. The central villains were Jews, but most people don't know that, because after the war Jews vanished from all his reprinted books. Who made the changes? Why? In 1988 I wrote to Greene and asked him. Amazingly, he told me. Come and hear his answer and meet his lost Jews.
From pickle makers to bicyclists to farmers to environmental-policy wonks to Yiddishists, learn more about the nascent Jewish-environmental movement. What initiatives are working in the field? Where are they? What are their strengths and challenges? And how can you become involved?
My vote for the most important rabbinic voice in Jewish history.
Are we facing an existential threat to our way of life in the UK?Antisemitism has been allowed to fester at the centre of our politics and we are seeing threats to our religious practices. Join the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Marie van der Zyl to discuss how we can face up to these challenges.