One Week in History

An expert panel including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Henry Hardy, Helen Fry and Trudy Gold 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, the panel discuss the historic relevance of these events and their impact on our world today.

The event took place at JW3 on 7 November 2017 at 7.30pm.

Listen to the recent BBC Radio 4 programme Missing Isaiah Berlin, or his Desert Island Discs episode here



Book launch of A Rocky Road: Memoirs by Abraham Levy with Simon Rocker

The event took place in London on 25 September 2017 with Ned Temko, former editor of the Jewish Chronicle, in conversation with Rabbi Abraham Levy.

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Eli Amir in conversation with Mishy Harman on Israel Story.

Eli Amir takes Mishy Harman back to the early 1950s, and straight into the closed world of socialist kibbutzim. An endless string of culture shocks followed, and the kibbutz old-timers made sure Eli never forgot he was only a yeled chutz, an ‘outside child.’ But still, Amir – who is now one of Israel’s most beloved novelists – had but one wish: to “become one of them.”


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A Rocky Road: Memoirs
Abraham Levy

“A wise and warm memoir from one of the great spiritual leaders and institution builders of Anglo-Jewry. Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy has been an outstanding embodiment of the classic Spanish-and-Portuguese Jewish tradition, a passionate voice for moderation in an age of extremes, and this lovely book is a reminder of how much that tradition still has to teach us about the combination of humanity and spirituality, openness and faith.”

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks  

“A wonderfully charming, intimate and interesting memoir of life at the very centre of the old Sephardic Jewish community in London by its hugely respected, long serving Rabbi Abraham Levy who not only has known many eminent and famous characters, described in the book, but also understands and enlightens the culture and faith of Judaism itself.”

Simon Sebag-Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography



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