‘Israel: A Jewish State or A State for Jews?’ with Ian Black, Anshel Pfeffer, James Sorene; chaired by Jon Silverman
Ever since the movement’ s inception, Zionists have advocated very different ideas of Israel: would the dream of Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Weizmann, Jabotinsky, Ben Gurion or Begin triumph? Would Israel be a ‘normal’ state, or a ‘light unto the nations’? The state that emerged, partially out of the ashes of the Shoah, became a refuge for those escaping the horrors of WWII and its aftermath, and to many a utopian ideal. Seventy years on, at the heart of one of the world’s most volatile regions, in a country that still struggles to define itself, was it ever possible for Israel to become the moral super state?
This event takes place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at 8:30pm at King’s Place. Info and tickets available here.
Author Helen Harris and Illustrator Beatrice Baumgartner-Cohen will discuss their collaboration on Helen's latest novel The Brondesbury Tapestry. The discussion will take place at Birkbeck School of Arts, as part of Birkbeck Arts Week.
Book tickets to this free event here.
A documentary on the remarkable story of Wilfrid Israel will be screened at the UK Jewish Film Festival on 26 November 2017. Directed by Yonatan Nir, the documentary explores the life and legacy of Wilfrid Israel, who despite saving the lives of thousands of Jews through secret rescue operations, remains for the most part a forgotten hero.
Tickets are available through the UK Jewish Film Festival website.
A.B. Yehoshua receives the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Literature 2017 at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Palazzo Farnesina, Rome. After receiving the prize Yehoshua talked on Ethics and Literature. On 9 November he spoke about Cain and Abel at the Pontifical Gregorian University, also in Rome .
An expert panel including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Henry Hardy, Helen Fry and Trudy Gold will examine the impact of four momentous events that all occurred in one week, 2 - 9 November.
In that week in 1917, two world-changing events occurred, the Russian Revolution and the Balfour Declaration. Isaiah Berlin witnessed the first and was committed to the ideas of the second. He died on 5 November 1997.
In addition, at the end of that week the November pogrom, Kristallnacht, was perpetrated. Looking through the eyes of one of the greatest liberals of the twentieth century, we will discuss the historic relevance of these events and their impact on our world today.