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December 2016
£3 - £5

A Gentle Introduction to Spinoza: His Life and Times

6th December 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677) was a Dutch philosopher of Sephardi/Portuguese origin who laid the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe.  Spinoza's magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, in which he opposed Descartes' mind–body dualism, has earned him recognition as one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers. In this talk, Rabbi Mark Daniels will look at his “excommunication” from the Dutch Jewish community and discuss why he was so…

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January 2017
£5.25

Atomic Falafel

January 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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Atomic Falafel

  Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 8.00pm Israel, Germany, UK 2015, 93 mins, English, Hebrew, Farsi (sub-titles) Director Dror Shaul featuring Mali Levi, Michelle Treves, Michelle Treves With Iran threatening to attain nuclear power, anxious Israeli politicians and top brass gather in an underground bunker to debate a response and whether to consider a preemptive strike. Above ground in a dusty Negev town, a mother-daughter team runs a falafel truck catering to troops patrolling a nearby nuclear reactor. As the…

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Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bristol City Hall, College Green BS15TR United Kingdom + Google Map
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Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration Annual remembrance day. Bristol Keynote speaker Barbara Winton: Nicholas Winton & the Czechoslovak Kindertransport: Turning compassion into action. In 1938 thousands fled from Hitler’s advancing army into central Czechoslovakia.  A 29 year old Londoner found himself in Prague witnessing the devastation and trauma they were suffering.  His decision to get involved saved the lives of 669 children and became one of the many examples of compassionate action that brought a chink of light in a…

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February 2017
£3.00 - £5.00

Jewish Music out of the Shadows: Hidden Archives, Lost Worlds

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Chad Gad Ya music

  The catastrophes of the twentieth century, most significantly the Shoah, led to the near destruction of the rich musical heritage of Eastern European and Russian Jews. Composers, performers and their art were either lost forever, or else became dispersed and fragmented, leaving only shadowy echoes of a lost world. Stephen Muir will talk about a large international research project, “Performing the Jewish Archive”, which aims to bring some of that music back out of the shadows. Recovered from dusty…

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£5.25

An evening of silent movies starring Max Davidson

February 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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  The late 1920s was the heyday for film actor and comedian Max Davidson (1875 – 1950). Engaged at the famous Hal Roach Studios for a series of Jewish comedies which were set around his ‘beard’ character Max developed some of the greatest comedies of the era and yet Davidson is hardly remembered today. Standing out from the slick silent film stars of the time with his thick and shaggy hair, the 5’4” tall Max played the stereotypical Old World-Jewish…

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March 2017
£3.00 - £5.00

Polack’s House and the Jewish Community at Clifton College

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Jewish students at Clifton College

  Polack's House at Clifton College, founded in 1878, was the first Jewish Boarding House in an English public school. The history of the Jewish Boarding House at Clifton is closely connected to one particular family - the Polack family who provided four housemasters, over three generations and 89 years. The House, particularly in the early years, was also closely connected with the Anglo-Jewish Community. It attracted boys (and later girls) from the principal Jewish communities in Great Britain. Clifton…

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£5.25

Indignation

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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Set against the backdrop of the Korean War, a working-class Jewish student, Marcus (Logan Lerman), leaves Newark, New Jersey, to attend a small college in Ohio. There, he experiences a sexual awakening after meeting the elegant and wealthy Olivia (Sarah Gadon), and confronts the school's dean (Tracy Letts) over the role of religion in academic life. “Indignation,” the directing debut of the long time independent film producer and executive James Schamus, is a movie so insistently out of step with…

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April 2017
£3.00 - £5.00

Jews and the Slave Trade

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Madge Dresser

In 1991, the Nation of Islam first published the Secret Relationships between Jews and Blacks charging Jews with controlling the Atlantic Slave trade. The book has been furiously rebutted by academics but its assertions are still circulating unquestioned on a number of popular Black History sites. How significant is this? How is the Jewish role in slavery- especially in the British Caribbean variously perceived by Black Britons today and by British Jews? What is the present state of historiography relating…

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September 2017
£5.25

Dough

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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  Take an aging white Jewish baker, add a young black Muslim immigrant, and what do you have? The ingredients story in which bridges are built across religious, racial and generations. Nat (Jonathan Pryce), who runs a kosher London bakery is struggling and facing a hostile takeover bid from a cutthroat developer who wants to tear it down. When Nat’s apprentice quits, he reluctantly hires Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a Muslim immigrant from Africa. Ayyash supplements the family income by selling…

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October 2017
£4 - £6

Social justice, Jews and the refugee experience in Britain

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Vivienne Jackson •  Jewish Council for Racial Equality • London Race, asylum and immigration are visibly high on the UK political agenda. Europe is witnessing the greatest refugee crisis within its boundaries since the Second World War. Anti-immigration arguments are palpable in sections of the national press, and appear to have lain behind some of the votes for Brexit. As we try to make sense of so called ‘home-grown’ terror attacks, the experience of many Muslims in everyday life is…

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