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The Joy of Reading During Lockdown

The perfect time to curl up on a sofa and start on a good novel


Professor Helen Taylor speaks to us from her study to shine a light on some of the ways in which reading can offer respite from the tumult of the outside world. She offers viewers a wealth of literary recommendations, from snappy short stories that bring temporary diversion all the way through to classic novels that will have sat on shelves for years, waiting for the opportune moment to be explored. From virtual book clubs to the rediscovery of old favourites, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.

As Helen says, now is the perfect time to curl up on a sofa and start on a good novel – happy reading!

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Gloucester Crescent – Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

It’s sixty years to the day since Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore changed with world of satire when they launched Beyond the Fringe on stage at the Edinburgh Festival. For this specially arranged Milim event, Jonathan’s son William read from his recently published best-selling memoir Gloucester Crescent; Me, My Dad & Other Grown-Ups and talk and take questions about growing up with his father and his friends in their life beyond the fringe.

William Miller author picture Gloucester Crescent book cover

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William Miller

Following his talk on Monday 13th April 2020, William held an informal discussion about his recently published best-selling memoir Gloucester Crescent; Me, My Dad & Other Grown-Ups and about growing up with his late father Jonathan Miller and his friends in their life beyond the fringe.

Steven Jaffe - The History of the Belfast Jews

Yes there are Jews from Belfast. In the country of Protestant and Catholic, a Jewish community thrived for several generations. While its story has never been told, the community’s contribution to the history of Northern Ireland and to Jewish history is much bigger than you might expect. Be prepared for a few surprises!

Steven Jaffe is Belfast born and bred as a member of the city’s Jewish community. Steven has in recent years guided hundreds in a Jewish walking tour through Belfast city centre. Steven lives in North West London but pre lock down he visited Belfast about ten times a year as co chair of Northern Ireland Friends of Israel. An ex postgraduate history student of Cambridge University and partner in a large law firm, Steven is at heart a grassroots advocate for the Jewish community and Israel, and he works as a consultant to Magen David Adom UK, the Jewish Leadership Council and other community organisations.

Steven Jaffe has produced a selection of photographs for you to look at during or after his talk.

These can be found at:


This is a joint event with the Leeds Branch of the Jewish Historical Society

Dr Rachel Pistol - Jewish refugees in Britain: Internment of ‘enemy aliens’ during the Second World War

This talk will explain the policy of Second World War internment in Britain, life in the camps, and the experiences and memories of former internees. With the outbreak of war in 1939, all Germans and Austrians resident in Britain became ‘enemy aliens’. The British government created tribunals to ascertain which enemy aliens were ‘dangerous’ and which were refugees. With the fall of France and the Low Countries in May 1940, public hysteria led to calls for mass internment in case there was a ‘Fifth Column’ of foreign spies and saboteurs. However, the vast majority of those interned in Britain during the War were refugees who had fled religious or political persecution before the war. Arrested by the police, sent to hastily constructed transit camps at racecourses, unfinished housing estates, or in one case an abandoned factory, and then moved to the Isle of Man, Australia, or Canada, internment was a traumatic experience for those involved. Campaigns by refugee charities, prominent MPs, and public discovery of the most controversial aspect of internment – transport abroad – led to the start of the release process. Release was often slowed by bureaucracy and was significantly more challenging for those internees who had been deported to Canada and Australia. Yet, despite all these trials and tribulations, the internees made the most of their situations and created thriving environments despite their lack of resources.

Dr Rachel Pistol is based in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, working on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). Prior to this, she was at the University of Exeter, where she remains an Honorary Research Fellow, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first book, Second World War Internment: A Comparative Study of Great Britain and the USA, was published by Bloomsbury in 2017 and her co-edited volume, The Jews, the Holocaust and the Public: The Legacies of David Cesarani, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.  Rachel has appeared on TV and radio for the BBC and Sky News and has been interviewed for various television documentaries on Second World War history. She has written articles for The Conversation that have been reprinted in Newsweek and The Independent.

Cooking with Claire

Freda’s salmon Cutlets and Amanda’s apple and almond strudel


Exchanges in Bialystok'- the anatomy of a radio play

Vanessa Rosenthal discusses her play ‘Exchanges in Bialystok first broadcast on BBC Radio 4

To fully participate in this event you need to listen to the play before the talk. Please click HERE to access the play. The play lasts 45 minutes

Vanessa is an established playwright and actor with over 26 commissions from BBC.Radio 4. As broadcast playwright she originated and devised ‘Writing The Century ‘for the BBC and wrote 6 weeks of the series. She has also dramatized Jane Austen Letters and the medieval Paston Letters and adapted Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Seasons Greetings’ for broadcast. Among her original work her play ‘Bye, Bye Miss America High ‘was Bafta shortlisted and ‘Exchanges in Bialystok’ was chosen to represent the BBC at the European Script Broadcasting Union in Helsinki. The play originated from her first visit to the city : her grandfather’s birth place. As actor she last appeared at Leeds Playhouse in The Courtyard Theatre playing Irene Ruddock in ‘Lady of Letters’ in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

Generation Share: How the Sharing Economy is Saving us during the Coronavirus Crisis

Benita Matofska is a world-leading speaker, change-maker and founder of The People Who Share and Global Sharing Week. She is recognised as a global expert in the Sharing Economy, a phenomenon that is causing the most significant shift in society since the Industrial Revolution. Join her as she discusses how the Sharing Economy is helping us survive the Coronavirus crisis, shares her own story and those of the 200 change-makers featured in her book Generation Share.

Looking for some inspiration during lockdown? #GenerationShare brings the inspiring stories of #changemakers who are transforming our world. Each copy is made from 100% waste materials, educates a girl in the slums in Mumbai and plants a tree. You can order your copy here: http://bit.ly/GSLOVE

Use the code APRIL50 at checkout to get a 50% discount before the end of May.

Cooking with Claire - 12th May2020

This week’s recipes:

Spicy Green Lentil Soup

French Chocolate Cake: Gateau Reine De Saba
With a mirrored ganache finish

In conversation with John Mann, Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor HM Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism

In the summer of 2005, John Mann, Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw, was appointed Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism (APPG). John has commissioned two major All-Party Inquiries into Antisemitism and a further inquiry into Electoral Conduct. In 2008, John established the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). In May 2009, John received the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC’s) Jan Karski Award in recognition of his commitment and work in fighting antisemitism. In 2010, he chaired the Football Association’s Task Force on Antisemitism and Islamophobia in football.
In July 2019, John Mann stepped down as Chair of the All- Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism when he was appointed the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism in one of Theresa May’s final acts as Prime Minister.

Bake, Learn and Share

Bake your own cheesecake alongside Claire Brown
Learn about Shavuot with Rabbi Gilbert
Share your cheesecake with someone who is socially isolating

Israel in Leeds for 60 minutes

His Excellency Mark Regev, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK,gave  an exclusive interview for  Leeds Jewish community.

This was followed by a Q&A panel session with Lisa Baker, Councillor Dan Cohen and Dr Jason Broch, who will endeavour to answer your questions about our own community’s response to the Covid-19 crisis