for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Africans in Israel

last sunday afternoon (20th april), 12.06-13:00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
africans in the holy land (in the documentary series)

Paul Bakibinga travels to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to explore the lives and experiences of people from three different African communities.Mahmoud Salamat takes Paul around the narrow alleyways of the old city of Jerusalem to the hidden African quarter and introduces a small but close-knit community, who are descendants of Muslim pilgrims or soldiers who came to the Holy Land during the time of the British Mandate.

Paul also explores the experiences of different Ethiopian Jews who have returned to their ancient homeland, including rising star musician Ester Rada.

And he spends time in South Tel Aviv, where the bulk of African asylum-seekers live – stuck in a legal limbo amid growing hostility from politicians and local residents. The state cannot deport them – but neither will it grant them refugee status.”

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Meditation from York

this afternoon (friday 18th), 3.00-3.30pm, on bbc radio 4
good friday meditation by archbishop john sentamu, includes a visit to cliffords tower, and hearing of its history, and of stories from the holocaust Read the rest of this entry »

tomorrow evening (saturday 19th), 9.00-11.25pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9)
downfall (2004, directed by oliver hirschbiegel) Read the rest of this entry »

last sunday morning (13th april), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

“Following the reversal of a bid to give women a greater role during services in a Synagogue, Ed Stourton debates gender, faith and Orthodox Judaism with Dina Brawer and Rabbi Alan Plancey.”

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wednesday afternoon (16th april), 5.30-6.00pm, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708), repeated 5.30am on thursday:
The Attractive Young Rabbi: The Eager Young Student (episode 1 of 6, of 3rd series, 2002)

“Young Mikhail discovers that it’s not easy being a Jew.
With Tracy-Ann Oberman and David De Keyser

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yesterday afternoon (saturday 12th), 12.15-13.00pm, on bbc radio 3
music matters includes … Read the rest of this entry »

yesterday morning (saturday 12th) 11.30am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent includes yolande nell reporting from gaza …

“… life gets harder in the Gaza Strip as the interim government in neighbouring Egypt cranks up the pressure on Hamas …”

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