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March 2021

The Jewish Eighteenth Century

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Please join us to discuss the recent book, The Jewish Eighteenth Century: a European Biography, 1700-1750, by Professor Shmuel Feiner (Bar-Ilan University), which was published in December 2020. This will be an occasion to consider important questions regarding periodisation, the methods for insertion of Jewish experience into other historical narratives, and how the term 'biography' assists the presentation of historical analysis. Professors Tony Kushner (Southampton), Miri Rubin (QMUL) and Adam Sutcliffe (KCL) will offer initial comments before the general question and…

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Understanding Kabbalah

Thursday, 11 March 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online
£5.00

Dr David Hampshire FRSA developed an interest in Kabbalistic literature and history as a result of exploring the history of his family in east Ukraine, where his ancestors were Chasid’s of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, and his experience of living with Chabad Lubavitch Chassidim whilst a student. Whilst at Bristol and Cambridge he contributed to the teaching of Jewish studies, with a focus on the Chassidic tradition, and he was a senior examiner for OCR in Jewish Studies for a…

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The History of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Jonathan Romain

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire. He writes for The Times, The Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle and is often heard on the BBC. His many books include The Jews of England and Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today. In 2004, Jonathan received the MBE for his pioneering work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples, a theme covered in his book Till Faith Us Do Part (HarperCollins). He is chaplain to…

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Israel Zangwill: Ghetto, Zion, Melting-Pot

Thursday, 18 March 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

Join us to hear Professor Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), discuss the famous East End author, Israel Zangwill. Save the date: 18 March at 8pm. Tickets below. If you are a JHSE member, log in to your account first and come back to this page to access complimentary tickets.

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The Bolsheviks, Jewish Socialists and Antisemitism

Thursday, 18 March 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination. In the very moment of revolution, these sentiments were put to the test as antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. The pogroms posed fundamental questions of the Bolshevik project, revealing the depth of antisemitism within sections of the working class, peasantry and Red Army. Brendan McGeever’s new book Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution offers the first book-length analysis of the…

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Pacifism, Rev. John Harris and the Jewish Peace Society

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

On 23rd March 2021 Sussex branch welcomes Dr Jonathan Lewis, who will speak about a little known Jewish minister, Rev. John Harris of Liverpool, who adopted a pacifist position in the First World War. The cantor of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (Princes Road), Reverend Harris, was an unassuming and religious man of conviction, who came to a pacifism which was personal and religiously inspired, not political. With the introduction of conscription in 1916, appeals against compulsory military service were…

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April 2021

The Life and Times of Vladimir Jabotinsky 1880-1940

Monday, 19 April 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

Colin Shindler (Emeritus professor at SOAS) will be speaking to the JHSE on the Life and Times of Vladimir Jabotinsky April 19th 2021.  The author of several previous books which have focused on the political odysseys of Vladimir Jabotinsky, Menahem Begin and Avraham Stern, his recent publication The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the gold medal as the best book for 2016 in The Washington Institute’s for Near East Policy’s Book Prize competition. Tickets below.…

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The Secret Jews of Majorca Island

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

The Spanish Island of Majorca is known for its beach resorts, limestone mountains, and being home to tennis celebrity Rafa Nadal. But Majorca holds a secret, never discussed in most travel guides. During the Inquisition, the Crypto-Jews or Chuetas publicly professed Catholicism while privately adhering to Judaism. Still, hundreds of Jews were murdered and only 15 families survived. Join guide Dani Rotstein on a special virtual tour of Majorca’s history and its lessons for all Jews today. Dani Rotstein moved…

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The Jews of York and the Commemoration of the Massacre in March 1190

Thursday, 29 April 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Speakers: Professor Sarah Rees Jones, University of York and Ms Shannon Kirshner, Chair, Liberal Jewish Community of York Synopsis: We only know of the events in York in March 1190 through various acts of commemoration. From descriptions composed by chroniclers within living memory of the events to the creation of memorials and new histories of York’s Jewish community in the later 20th and early 21st centuries. Sarah Rees Jones will survey different approaches taken to these acts of memorialisation from…

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May 2021

WILL THE REAL MR. FAGIN STAND UP PLEASE? The Trial of Ike Solomon on whom Charles Dickens is said to have based the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist.

Thursday, 20 May 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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£5.00

Jonathan Fisher QC is a barrister specialising in financial crime crime cases. He is described in the legal directories as "high-flying", "a standout barrister", “commands huge respect”, and “in a game of chess, he would be five steps ahead”. In addition, he is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem between 2013-14, and 2015-18. Jonathan has delivered papers on Jewish Law to conferences in Israel and Holland,…

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