rss en Content Curator <![CDATA[From Generation to Generation (L’DOR V’DOR)]]> 01/02/2015 – Exhibition of portraits of Holocaust Survivors by young artist Gideon Summerfield]]> 01/02/2015 : Exhibition of portraits of Holocaust Survivors by young artist Gideon Summerfield



The Jewish Museum is delighted to host this exhibition from young artist Gideon Summerfield in conjunction with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).

Art student Gideon Summerfield spent the latter half of 2013 meeting and drawing the portraits of Holocaust Survivors. Each survivor is captured in biro pen in Gideon’s beautiful detailed style and they are shown holding an object of their choice that is important to them.

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to learn from people now in their 80s and 90s about their experiences as children and teenagers, how they survived the death camps and the Holocaust. For me as an 18 year old, it has been a formative, and at times traumatic, learning experience.” Gideon Summerfield

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<![CDATA[The Jewish Legends]]> 08/02/2015 – A musical celebration of some of the greatest Jewish performers in entertainment history]]> 08/02/2015 : A musical celebration of some of the greatest Jewish performers in entertainment history



Aria Enterainment Presents

A celebration of some of the greatest Jewish performers in entertainment history.

Why did American Jews find such success in the world of entertainment? Because they arrived in America in the late nineteenth century with nothing but a gift to peddle. And what better to peddle than a song, a dance or a comic routine.

This show uniquely explores a century of song, dance and comedy with a nod to some legendary performers such as Streisand, Jolson, Midler, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor and Groucho Marx. Song writers include Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

Their songs, their lives, their stories.

Four singers and a full band.

Online booking only - click here to book

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<![CDATA[Curator talk: For Richer For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled]]> 16/02/2015 – Hear from exhibition curator Elizabeth Selby]]> 16/02/2015 : Hear from exhibition curator Elizabeth Selby



Don’t miss this chance to hear exhibition curator Elizabeth Selby offer her unique insight into the objects in the exhibition, and the stories behind them

There are only four opportunities for you to attend a curator talk - 16 February, 16 March, 20 April and 18 May all at 2pm. Booking is advisable as places are limited.

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<![CDATA[Marriage Writes]]> 22/02/2015 – Join our poet in residence Aviva Dautch for a writing workshop on the theme of weddings and marriage]]> 22/02/2015 : Join our poet in residence Aviva Dautch for a writing workshop on the theme of weddings and marriage



Facilitated by our poet in residence Aviva Dautch , this writing workshop will use the museum's collections and your own experiences to explore some of the emotions weddings raise and use our memories and experiences to inspire us.

Whether we're happily wed or dis/contentedly not, engaged or divorced, straight or gay, avowedly anti-marriage or making meaningful vows, most of us have strong feelings about the rites (and wrongs) of married life.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - An East End Village]]> 22/02/2015 – With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 22/02/2015 : With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Walking from Mile End, Stepney Green always comes as a revelation to visitors with its attractive terraced houses and green spaces.

En route you visit the campus of Queen Mary College with its fascinating history and old Jewish cemetery and hidden memories of the Jewish community that remain with the old age home, Stepney Jewish School, Rothschild Dwellings, the Jewish Anarchist Club and so much more.

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<![CDATA[LGBTQ Historical Tour of Soho]]> 01/03/2015 – Walking tour in partnership with Centred]]> 01/03/2015 : Walking tour in partnership with Centred



As part of LGBTQ History Month 2015 the Jewish Museum is delighted to be partnering with Centred for this tour highlighting LGBTQ Jewish heritage in Soho, as well as Soho's broader Jewish community.

The tour covers 300 years of LGBTQ history, and gives an overview of the many different communities who have settled in the area, including French Communards, Huguenots, and the vibrant Jewish community in Soho.

Find out more about the characters who have lived challenging and inspiring lives, making unique contributions to science, the arts, culture, the community, politics and LGBTQ rights. Appreciate the diversity of Soho’s culture and history amidst the vibrancy of its streets today.

The whole tour is outside, so please wrap up warm if need be.

Find out more and book your place

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<![CDATA[Then and Now: Love and Marriage in the Bible]]> 03/03/2015 – With renowned educator Maureen Kendler]]> 03/03/2015 : With renowned educator Maureen Kendler



Renowned educator Maureen Kendler delves into biblical weddings to explore what we recognise from weddings today - love, marriage contracts, and celebration.

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<![CDATA[Witness the Witness: Vera and Avram Schaufeld]]> 08/03/2015 – Hear Vera and Avram Schaufeld speak about their experiences]]> 08/03/2015 : Hear Vera and Avram Schaufeld speak about their experiences



Limited availability - book soon to be sure of a place.

To coincide with our exhibition on Jewish weddings and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of concentration camps, the Jewish Museum has invited Vera and Avram Schaufeld to speak.

Vera was brought over by Nicholas Winton on the Kindertransport while Avram survived the concentration camps. Unbeknown to Vera, her parents had given their wedding rings to Dutch friends, after the war had ended Vera was given back the rings and she and Avram decided to wear the bands when they got married.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to reflect.

This event is suitable for families, but due to the sensitive topic we recommend children to be aged 10 and over. This is event is free with museum admission but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To book a place to witness Vera and Avram’s talk please call 020 7284 7384 or email admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

View the full programme of events related to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

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<![CDATA[Teachers' Evening: <br>Shabbat Shalom]]> 12/03/2015 – Meet our learning team and learn more about the Jewish festival of Shabbat]]> Shabbat Shalom]]> 12/03/2015 : Meet our learning team and learn more about the Jewish festival of Shabbat



Are you teaching the Jewish festival of Shabbat this year? Then come along to our teachers’ evening to learn about why Jewish people observe Shabbat, the Sabbath day. Find out how ancient laws are interpreted and applied to 21st century living. Taste the symbolic foods central to Friday night, the beginning of Shabbat. Included in this evening is the chance to visit the new temporary exhibition, For Richer, For Poorer: East End Weddings Unveiled.

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<![CDATA[Secrets of a Successful Marriage]]> 15/03/2015 – Seminar with the Jewish Marriage Council]]> 15/03/2015 : Seminar with the Jewish Marriage Council



However good it seems to be, your marriage can be made even better!

Learn how to enhance your relationship with a seminar run by the Jewish Marriage Council which includes effective techniques for communication, conflict resolution and dealing with the in-laws.

The panel includes:

Couples Counsellor Jane Dony
Jane is a Counsellor in private practice and has been for 20 years. For the past 23 years Jane has worked at the Jewish Marriage Council, initially as a volunteer, and then Supervisor for the Miyad Jewish Help Line, and for the last 17 years as a counsellor for both individuals and couples

Family Therapist Adele Wieder
Adele trained as a Social Worker at Bar Ilan University in Israel. During her social work career she was based in a hospital, a community centre as well as in area teams, working with older adults, children and families. She subsequently trained as a systemic family therapist and joined the Jewish Marriage Council in 2014.

Senior Educator for GIFT (Give it Forward Today), Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman

Rabbi Zeidman spent seven years studying at various Yeshivot in Jerusalem. He moved back to England in 2007 to work for Seed as Lecturer and Director of youth programming.  He later became Assistant Rabbi for Edgware United Synagogue. Rabbi Zeidman is currently the senior educator for GIFT.  

Jewish Marriage Council
The Jewish Marriage Council is a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide sensitive support for Jewish individuals, couples and families. The JMC is committed to the promotion of well-being for all members of the Jewish community in modern society.  Their services include a counselling service, various advice services as well as courses, workshops and support groups.

Book to ensure your place

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<![CDATA[Witness the Witness: Gerta Vrbova]]> 22/03/2015 – Hear Holocaust Survivor Gerta Vrbova talk about her experiences]]> 22/03/2015 : Hear Holocaust Survivor Gerta Vrbova talk about her experiences



On the 7 April 1944 an unprecedented heroic act was accomplished by two Auschwitz prisoners from Slovakia, Walter Rosenberg (Rudi Vrba) and Alfred Wetzler (Josef Lanik). At a great risk to themselves and those prisoners who helped them, these two young men succeeded to escape from Auschwitz, walked 130km in enemy territory and reach Zilina in Slovakia.

There they contacted the Jewish Council and revealed to the world the horrendous truth about Auschwitz. Their extensive report about the death camp now known as the Vrba-Wetzler protocols was considered to be one of the most important pieces of documentary evidence presented at the Nuremberg Trials of 1945.

Over 70 years later Rudi Vrba’s first wife, Gerta, will talk about the events, their shared history and the initiatives to ensure Rudi’s legacy and achievements will be remembered. There will be an opportunity for reflection and questions.

Gerta Vrbova’s talk is suitable for families but the recommended age for children is 13 and above due to the sensitive nature of the topic.

To book a place to witness Gerta’s talk please call 020 7284 7384 or email admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

View the full programme of events related to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Stitch Stitch Stitch]]> 22/03/2015 – New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 22/03/2015 : New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Explore the background to the ever-changing rag trade of Spitalfields.

Once the centre of London's silk and sweated tailoring industries, the same streets today are home to vibrant markets, designer makers and cutting edge fashion.

Your tour ends with an exclusive visit to meet Philip and Martin of Crescent Trading, who between them have 120 years of experience in the textile trade.

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<![CDATA[Witness the Witness: Eva Schloss]]> 12/04/2015 – Hear Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss talk about her experiences]]> 12/04/2015 : Hear Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss talk about her experiences



Eva Schloss will speak about her story of survival and loss and focusing on the beautiful poems her brother left hidden under the floorboards before they were betrayed and arrested.

Eva and her mother were the only survivors of their family and Eva’s mother married Otto Frank making her Anne Frank’s posthumous step sister. This will be an opportunity to find out how broken families rebuilt their lives under extraordinary circumstances.

Eva has written many books about her and her family’s story which will be available in our bookshop. There will be a chance to ask questions and for reflections.

This talk is suitable for families but because of the sensitive topic we recommend children to be aged 10 and over. This is event is free with museum admission but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To book a place to witness Eva’s talk please call 020 7284 7384 or email admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

View the full programme of events related to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Discover Clapton]]> 12/04/2015 – New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 12/04/2015 : New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Explore the delights of Clapton with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky.

Find out about Harold Pinter, Lord Levy and Helen Shapiro's childhoods; Lea Bridge Road synagogue and the close-knit Clapton Jewish community; the stylish young Marc Feld/Bolan; and the fast growing ultra orthodox community

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<![CDATA[Dance!]]> 19/04/2015 – Learn the moves and experience the atmosphere of a Jewish wedding with this dance workshop.]]> 19/04/2015 : Learn the moves and experience the atmosphere of a Jewish wedding with this dance workshop.



Dancing is a major feature of Jewish weddings. Join us to learn the moves and experience the atmosphere at a Dancing with Louise workshop.

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<![CDATA[What is a Gay Jewish Wedding?]]> 30/04/2015 – A panel discussion]]> 30/04/2015 : A panel discussion



Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE, Senior Rabbi, West London Synagogue, and Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, New London Synagogue are joined by Eli Kaufman and Paul Ginsberg, the first gay couple to be married in a synagogue in the UK, for a panel discussion.

The evening will be chaired by Alma Reisel, co-chair of Keshet UK.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Weddings Unveiled]]> 10/05/2015 – Walk the East End with Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 10/05/2015 : Walk the East End with Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky



Celebrate East End Jewish weddings with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky, on this trip down memory lane.

Rediscover the sites and stories of the parties, the gowns and the food including photographer Boris Bennett's studio, Frumkin's House for Weddings and Grods the wedding roll baker.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Footwear, Films, Diets and Dancing at Willesden Cemetery]]> 14/06/2015 – New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 14/06/2015 : New tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Join Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky's at Willesden Cemetery to discover more of its fascinating residents including Jack Cohen and Charles Clore who dominated Britain's High Streets with their shoe shops and supermarkets.

Band leader Geraldo, film director and gourmand Michael Winner, dietician John Yudkin also feature alongside Mrs Shilling with her amazing headwear.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Jewish Hampstead with exclusive visit to Belsize Square Synagogue]]> 28/07/2015 – With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 28/07/2015 : With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



This gentle midweek stroll among the leafy streets of Swiss Cottage uncovers many and varied 20th century Jewish connections.

From the German/Austrian emigres of the 1930s including Freud and his family to the Hampstead members of Bnai Brith's First Lodge and the Primrose Club this tour also includes an exclusive visit to Belsize Square Synagogue to hear its very special history.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Jewish Hackney]]> 23/08/2015 – With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 23/08/2015 : With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Jewish life in Hackney was very vibrant.

Your journey from Hackney Central to Dalston uncovers the stories of synagogues, boxing rings, Rothschild dwellings, socialist movements and the singers and writers who called Hackney home.

You end at Ridley Road where bagels were sold amid the heckling of the Fascists.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Music, Mistresses and Masorti: St Johns Wood]]> 20/09/2015 – New tour for the Jewish Museum with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 20/09/2015 : New tour for the Jewish Museum with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



Take a leisurely walk discovering the history and personalities who have shaped this historic residential London quarter.

This area that was once the "wrong side of the park" became home to eminent Victorian artists and sculptors where high walls could hide their secret liaisons, top class cricket, an iconic recording studio and the 'birthplaces' of both Masorti Judaism and Winnie the Pooh.

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Old Jewish East End with visit to Sandys Row Synagogue]]> 18/10/2015 – Classic favourite with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 18/10/2015 : Classic favourite with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



This classic tour in and around Brick Lane and Spitalfields evokes the long-gone Jewish community of the late 19th and early 20th century. 

With synagogues, schools and soup kitchens the memories come flooding back and the tour ends with a special treat, an exclusive visit to Sandys Row Synagogue, a community founded in 1854 and housed in a converted Huguenot chapel built in 1766. (There is an optional charge for entering the synagogue)

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<![CDATA[Walking Tour - Jewish Mayfair: Disraeli, Diamond, Rothschilds and Marks]]> 01/11/2015 – With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky]]> 01/11/2015 : With Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky



This walking tour uncovers the many and varied Jewish personalities who lived and worked in and around Mayfair's Berkeley and Grosvenor Squares including Disraeli, diamond magnate Barney Barnato, the first female editor of The Times, Rachel Beer, the Rothschilds, Simon Marks of M&S and philanthropists Samuel Lewis and Otto Schiff.

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