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April 2019

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

1 April @ 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
A man and two women looking at gold objects in a glass case

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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British Jews Go Pop

4 April @ 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sean Connery shooting the James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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.

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May 2019

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

8 May @ 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Adult female with shoulder length brown hair smiling wearing black short sleeved tshirt

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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Belonging and Not Belonging: Émigré Artists in Britain after 1933

21 May @ 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
A blue, black and white painted book cover

This illustrated talk by Monica Bohm-Duchen, initiator and Creative Director of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival, will focus on the experiences of the émigré artists who found refuge in this country in the wake of Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, examining not only their achievements and legacy, but also the challenges - not to say obstacles -  they faced on their arrival.

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

29 May @ 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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Simon Schama – Not Your Usual Sitters: Painted Jews, from Rembrandt to Freud

30 May @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Portrait of older gentleman in white shirt smiling. Simon Schama - Image credit Margherita Mirabella

Just how loaded has the brush been when it comes to images of Jews? Sir Simon Schama discusses.

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June 2019

The Petticoat Lane Fox Trot

12 June @ 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
A group of people sat around a table

Alan Dein presents the remarkable story of long-forgotten Jewish-themed jazz 78rpm discs recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s.

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The Global Merchants: The World of the Sassoons

13 June @ 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

18 June @ 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

20 June @ 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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