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Milim Spring 2019

Jonathan Drori CBE

Around the World in 80 Plants

In this copiously illustrated talk, Jonathan Drori brings to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. From the seemingly familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish ‘moss’ of Louisiana, each story is full of surprises. And then of course, there’s the Jewish angle…

Jonathan Drori CBE is Trustee of The Eden Project, Ambassador for the WWF and previously a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust. He was Executive Producer of more than fifty popular BBC TV series on science and technology; his TED talks have been viewed millions of times; and his previous book, Around the World in 80 Trees is a bestseller, now in 19 languages.

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Jo Araf

Generazione Wunderteam: The Rise and Fall of Austria's Wonder Team

The Wunderteam, the German for the Wonder Team, was the Austrian national team of the 1930s. Although the Wunderteam was short-lived due to some historical events that upset Europe in the interwar years, this squad led by Hugo Meisl, one of the most prominent figures of European football not only in the role of coach, would go down in history as an innovative team famous for their short passes, exchanges of position and ability to entertain the Viennese crowds who in those very years began to cultivate a passion for football at both a local and International level, a pastime that would begin to occupy their free time as did the cinema, art, music and chatting in coffee houses. Vienna became, along with Budapest and Prague, one of the world’s football capitals and was the birthplace of some of the greatest football stars of that era. One of them was undoubtedly Matthias Sindelar, a player discussed well beyond the football pitch who was loved and oftentimes compared to Mozart and other Viennese celebrities.

Jo Araf was born on 17 December 1985 and has always had a passion for writing. He works as translator and owns a translation agency. In 2019 Urbone Publishing gave him a chance to publish his first book and he chose the Wunderteam as he was fascinated by the idea of writing a book on a little explored topic that combines two of his greatest interests: football and history. He’s also co-owner of the online sports magazine Gameofgoals.it.


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Raymond Gubbay CBE

Lowering the Tone & Raising the Roof

Raymond Gubbay CBE brings to life his extraordinary 50-year career as one of the most experienced and respected impresarios in British music and entertainment. He retraces the musical legacy of his family, growing up in a liberal Jewish household in 1950s postwar London. Raymond Gubbay’s introduction to the entertainment industry commenced under the late Victor Hochhauser Britain’s foremost promoter of Russian ballet and classical music.


After setting up on his own, he started with a handful of performers touring modest venues and then progressed to working with some of the most prestigious classical and popular artists and orchestras of our time, from Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Ballet to Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

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