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February 2021
Free

Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual?

11th February 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stanley Kubrick is generally acknowledged as one of the world's great directors. Yet few critics or scholars have considered how he emerged from a unique and vibrant cultural milieu: the New York Jewish intelligentsia. In this talk, Nathan Abrams re-examines the director's work in context of his ethnic and cultural origins. Focusing on several of Kubrick's key themes - including masculinity, ethical responsibility, and the nature of evil - it demonstrates how his films were in conversation with contemporary New…

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March 2021
Free

The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland

11th March 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In the 1940s a third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Within a decade nearly all 150,000 had fled. Of those remaining, most escaped in the 1970s or were killed. Today, fewer than half a dozen remain.   This graphic memoir of a lost homeland is a wordless narrative by an author homesick for a home she has never visited.  It is illuminated by the words and portraits of her family, along with an afterword with a brief history of Baghdadi…

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April 2021
Free

Klezmer Music: History and Contemporary Practice Around the World

8th April 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Klezmer – the instrumental music of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews – has survived assimilation, suppression and eradication and is now a recognisable ‘world music’ commodity, as well as an object of serious musicological study. But what relationship does today’s klezmer bear to its 19th and early 20th century roots, and what happens to traditional music when its community context changes or disappears? In this talk Phil will give an overview of klezmer’s journey, exploring where the music came from, and where it…

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September 2021
£5.80

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

29th September 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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Max Lewkowicz’s richly detailed documentary celebrates the illustrious Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof, the evergreen shtetl-set musical first staged in 1964 with choreography and direction by Jerome Robbins and starring Zero Mostel as Teyve, the milkman. Contributions from a range of interviewees – including people attached to the original production, such as producer Hal Prince and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and famous fans of the show, including Fran Lebowitz and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda – help to structure the history lesson…

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October 2021

Willesden Jewish Cemetery

14th October 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road
Bristol, BS6 6EJ United Kingdom
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Willesden Cemetery, which opened in 1873, is one of London’s most prestigious Jewish cemeteries.  It is run by the United Synagogue who were fortunate to be awarded a £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to open Willesden Jewish Cemetery as a place of heritage for the public.  The United Synagogue website describes the Cemetery as "a place of great tranquillity, the cemetery charts the development of London’s Jewish community over nearly 150 years, with graves and memorials rich in social history…

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Sarah’s Key

27th October 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel of the same name, Sarah’s Key is an account of research by a journalist into a shameful incident in French history which intertwines with a story of a young Jewish girl from that time period.   ‘In Paris in 1942 the French police round up 10-year-old Sarah (Mélusine Mayance) and her family. To save her little brother, Sarah locks him in a closet and closely guards the key on her awful journey, which…

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November 2021

The Secret Jews of Majorca Island

11th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road
Bristol, BS6 6EJ United Kingdom
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During the Inquisition, the Crypto-Jews or Chuetas publicly professed Catholicism while privately adhering to Judaism. Synagogues were secretly built in private homes. Signs of this “secret” community can still be found today. We will visit the inside of the permanent exhibit in the Jewish Quarter Interpretation Center inaugurated in 2015 as we trace the footsteps of the Jewish Conversos who walked the narrow alleyways of the casco antiguo - or old town. We will learn about the famous failed boat…

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A Call to Spy

24th November 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:10 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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A Call to Spy is an historical drama inspired by the true stories of women recruited into England’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II.  Desperate for new recruits, the SOE, created in 1940 after the fall of France and before the US joined the war, decided to train women as spies as it was believed that women could move more freely than men in occupied territories.  Vera Atkins, a Romanian Jewish immigrant in London, was the spymistress in…

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December 2021

The Ghetto: Travelling through history

9th December 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Quaker Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road
Bristol, BS6 6EJ United Kingdom
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“Ghetto” is an extraordinarily complex word which is both a noun and an adjective. It has layers of contrasting meanings accrued over five hundred years and a bewildering array of settings across the globe. It refers to medieval and early modern Jewish history; black experience in the great northern cities of America in the twentieth century; nineteenth-century imaginary ghettos; and our contemporary sense of cities and countries segregated by race and class.  What makes “the ghetto” unique is that it…

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January 2022
£5.80

Everything is Illuminated

January 26 @ 8:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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USA 2005, 104 mins, English, Russian, Ukrainian Director Liev Schreiber, featuring Elijah Wood, Eugene Hütz This American biographical comedy was adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel of the same name.  Jonathan Safran Foer, a young American Jew, goes on a quest to find the woman, Augustine, who saved his grandfather, Safran Foer, during the Holocaust in a small Ukrainian town called Trachimbrod that was wiped off the map when the Nazis liquidated Eastern European shtetls.  His guides are a cranky, seemingly antisemitic grandfather, his wound-up dog named Sammy Davis, Jr., Jr., and…

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