21 March @ 3.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Purim is one of the happiest holidays in the Jewish calendar. Celebrations usually contain elements of fancy dress, play-acting, music and dancing. It is a day of celebration for having been saved by the Jewish Queen Esther from a plot by the evil Haman against the Jews during the reign of King Ahasuerus in Persia (about 2,500 years ago).
The dramatic story is written down in the Book of Esther, which is read out on the day from a special scroll, the megillah (pl megillot). The Jewish Museum has more than 70 megillot from different countries and centuries and made in different artistic styles.
Curator Dr Kathrin Pieren will show pictures and objects from our store that illustrate some of the principal customs and will introduce visitors to some of the most beautiful and special Esther scrolls in the collection.
Professor Mirjam Zadoff shares the cultural history of shidduchim (Jewish matchmaking), the ‘dating project’ focuses on strategies of building economic and political networks through carefully chosen marriage partners around the globe.
Professor Nathan Abrams sheds light on how Jews transformed the British entertainment industries, creating some of the most iconic characters and images of the twentieth century, including James Bond, Doctor Who, Carry On, and many others. In so doing, British Jews infused their creations with hidden Jewish themes.