Following the service on most Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at 11.15 am.
12 April (at 11.45) – Colin Purkey – an executive member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JFJFP) in London with a special interest in the human rights of the Negev Bedouin. He will be discussing the relationship between Judaism and Zionism, showing how the ideology of Zionism emerged from an industrializing Europe.
19 April – Irwin Manoim – The joint founder and editor of the Weekly Mail newspaper, now the Mail & Guardian, talks about how a small group of journalists and activists (almost all of them Jewish) founded a newspaper during apartheid’s darkest period which took on police, politicians, hit squads and bank managers and somehow survived. Among other issues still pertinent today: does the public have a right to know; would the public prefer not to know; does a crusading newspaper have the right to break the law?
26 April – Lewis Levin – Lewis Levin will continue the talks on Sacred Squares and Circles. Architecture and Artworks inspired by the Jewish sources.
3 May – Eran Tahor – Erin Tahor is a film-maker. His topic, on Israeli cinema, is to be advised.
10 & 17 May – Prof. Merle Williams – To be advised