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February 2017
£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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Felix and Meira

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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  Unfolding on snowy sidewalks and beneath overcast skies, “Felix and Meira” watches ever so closely as a young Hasidic wife and mother is tempted by the quirky charms of a wayward older man. Yet this tenderly observed love story isn’t about religion — or its lack — but about the attraction of difference and the undeniable need to feel alive. That’s something that Meira (Hadas Yaron) clearly longs for; chafing against the restrictions imposed by her Orthodox community, and…

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November 2017
£3 - £6

Putting your local Jewish history on the map: the Bradford experience.

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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  Bradford in West Yorkshire started attracting Jews as residents as the City’s Wool Trade grew in the 1830s. The community grew as many migrants first from Germany and then from Russia made their homes in Bradford. In 1881 the first synagogue was opened in Bowland Street built by the German Jewish merchants and in 1906 the first Orthodox synagogue was opened. The Bowland Street Synagogue was awarded a grant of £50,000 in 2011 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for…

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Denial

November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Scott Cinema, Bristol, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze
Bristol, Avon BS9 4HN United Kingdom
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In 1996, the historian Deborah Lipstadt was pursued in the UK courts by the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, for calling him a falsifier of history in her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. This movie version of those events, stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Irving. Weisz plays the professional historian who is astonished to find that people expect her to debate on equal terms with sinister deniers.  Lipstadt retains the…

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December 2017
£3 - £6

Kabbalah and Yoga

December 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green Road
Redland, BS6 7HE
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Yoga is one of at least six Hindu religions as old or older than Judaism. It overlaps through serendipity with the concept of “Adam Kadmon” (original man) in Rabbi Moshe de Leon’s Zohar – published in manuscript form in the late 13th century Castile but attributed by some to Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai the 2nd century Talmudic sage. The “Asanas”, yogic postures, are the sites of tension and muscular exercise which coincidentally are related to the Kabbalistic “sefirot” (emanations). In…

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