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Launched on 24 May, this six-part book series was launched to recognise the lives of remarkable British Jews.

With support from the Kirsh Charitable Foundation, the project takes the form of a book series and an interactive digital platform. Each book will focus on the contributions of individual Jews to a different sector, including arts, public sector, commerce, thought, science and sport.

Each book has been carefully curated with authored essays specialists in their field.

The first three books in the series are now ready to purchase:

Jewish Lives Project. Arts

Jewish Lives Project. Commerce

Jewish Lives Project. Public Service


Jewish Lives: Arts

Authored essays by Marina Fiorato, Nathan Abrams, Naomi Games, Julia Weiner and Jo Kerr.

The contribution of over 250 Jewish figures to arts and entertainment with biographies of artists, photographers, actors, directors, broadcasters, comedians, musicians, writers, songwriters and performers including:

Gerry Anderson - pioneering puppeteer of Thundercats, Captain Scarlet and more
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - the only person ever to have won both the BooKer Prize and an Oscar for writing
Lucian Freud - painter
Peter Sellers - actor and comic genius
Amy Winehouse - singer and songwriter

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Jewish Lives: Public Service

Authored essays by Daniel Finkelstein, Professor William D Rubinstein, Clare Mulley and Roz Currie.

The contribution of Jewish people to British public life be it as a philanthropist, soldier, lawyer, politicians, suffragist or SOE agents who risked their lives during the Second World War:

Rose Heilbron - Britain's first female judge
Sir Hersch Lauterpacht - a lawyer who developed the concept of crimes against humanity
Krystyna Skarbeck - SOE agent honoured with OBE, George Medal and Croix de Guerre
Lenora Cohen - suffragette and bodyguard to Emmeline Pankhurst
Lionel de Rothschild - first practising Jew to as an MP

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Jewish Lives Commerce

Authored essays by Professor William Rubinstein, Nathan Abrams, Elizabeth Selby, Emmanuelle Dirix and Derek Taylor.

A compilation of extraordinary British Jews to the commercial sector including biographies of bankers, business men and women, financiers, hoteliers, publishers, industrialists and manufacturers:

Brian Epstein - legendary manager of the Beatles
Rachel Beer - first female to edit a Fleet Street newspaper
Jack Cohen - founder of Tesco
Nathan Mayer Rothschild - founder of the famous banking dynasty
Joseph Lyons  - pioneer of mass catering and creator of 'Lyons Coner Shops' 

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