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March 2019

Behind the scenes of… Purim

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Three images, including scroll with graphic of Queen Esther, a child in a long party dress and silver ornate scroll case

Curator Dr Kathrin Pieren will show some of the most beautiful and special Esther scrolls in our collection.

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April 2019

Shidduchim – Deals Made in Heaven: Romance, Politics and Economics in Modern Jewish Life

April 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

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May 2019

Money and Daddy: Social Responsibility and Hollywood’s ‘Jewish American Princess’

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr Julia Ruth Wagner explores the representation of Jewish women onscreen; particularly young wealthy protagonists who use their privileged positions for social good.

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Cecil Roth Annual Lecture: Jews, Money and Religion in Roman Times

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Silver coin with pomegranate plant centre and wording around the edge

The Annual Cecil Roth Lecture welcomes Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford

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June 2019

The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
David Sassoon, in long beard, turban and arabic style dress

The Sassoons, a Baghdadi Jewish trading family, built a global trading enterprise by taking advantage of major historical developments during the nineteenth century.

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Fighting back: Jewish refugees in the British Armed Forces

June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Documentation and photograph of F S Mercer - male in army uniform

A talk centred on the contribution of Jewish refugees to the Armed Forces will bring to life some of their extraordinary stories of courage and defiance using images, memories and objects.

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Artist Encounter with Doug Fishbone and Bank Job

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Man on stage talking into mic with laptop. Behind a screen projects an image of a blue hippo.

Doug Fishbone presents his new work Luft Gesheft, a comic slide-show lecture performance dealing with the absurdities of the financial system.

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The Inner Level: The Psychological Costs of Inequality

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Text reading The Inner Level with two male peacocks to the right

Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-founder of The Equality Trust, focuses on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor.

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July 2019

Jewish Money and the Image of the Jewish Body in the Middle Ages

July 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Two adults looking at a Torah scroll in the Judaica gallery

Professor Sara Lipton, traces the slowly evolving image of Jews in medieval art, depicted first as worldly and materialistic, and, ultimately, dangerous and demonic.

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