Following the service on Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at approx. 11.15 am. See adjacent column for this week’s talk.
14 November – Ishvara Dhyan will speak about the Jews of North Africa and his travels to the area to meet those Jews who are still there.
21 November – James Lomberg will discuss
“Liberators: the Rothschilds and Edward VII.
The Rothschilds active role in ensuring the liberation of European Jewry from legal discrimination is widely known and admired. A further step remained however – freedom from the mixture of snobbery and anti-semitism which remained in all levels of society, hampering the acceptance of Jewish contributions to academia, business and the arts. Edward VII was the undisputed leader of fashionable European society in the 19th century and played a considerable, and deliberate, role in diminishing this discrimination. This talk will uncover how working both separately and together the Rothschilds and King Edward helped to facilitate the great flowering of Jewish culture during the 19th century and beyond.”
28 November Don Boroughs and Este Meerkotter, members of our choir, will talk about what it’s like as Christians, to sing in a Jewish choir.