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Archive for October, 2015

Witness: Birobidzhan

this morning (friday 30th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated in the history hour, saturday morning, 9.00am)
a jewish homeland in siberia (presented by dina newman) (in the witness series)

“In 1930, the USSR created a Jewish Autonomous Region in Siberia, as a homeland for Soviet Jews.
We hear from Sophia Miller, the daughter of Yiddish writer Buzi Miller, who grew up there, but now lives in Israel.”

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Today: Blood in Judaism

this morning (friday 30th), 6.49-6.53am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain) includes …

“A new exhibition, Blood: Uniting and dividing, opening next week at the Jewish Museum, will explore the importance of blood and the part it plays in religion and in wider society.
We speak to museum director Abigail Morris.”

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Shylock’s Ghost

tomorrow evening (tuesday 27th), 10.35-11.45pm, on bbc 1
shylock’s ghost (presented by alan yentob) (in the imagine … series)

Alan Yentob travels to the ghetto in Venice with award-winning novelist Howard Jacobson as he embarks on a retelling of Shakespeare’s most performed play, The Merchant of Venice. Through a series of lively – often fiery – interviews, they examine the charge of anti-Semitism against Shakespeare, whose character Shylock remains one of the most odious and divisive fictional Jews in history.
How did the moneylender from Venice become such a useful propaganda tool in Nazi Germany? And how much of a liberty will Jacobson be taking when he uproots the action to modern-day Alderley Edge, and audaciously reinterprets the infamous ‘pound of flesh’?
Interviewees include • Antony SherAnthony Julius and • Stephen Greenblatt.”

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Today: David Cesarani dies

this morning (monday 26th), 8.37-8.41am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie and justin webb) includes …

“British historian David Cesarani, who specialised in Jewish history and the Holocaust, has died aged 58.
Dr James Smith, co-founder of the National Holocaust Centre, is live on the programme.”

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Tftd: a new Nostra Aetate?

this morning (monday 26th), 7.49-7.52am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day: a new nostra aeate? from former chief rabbi lord sacks

“What we need now is a new and broader Nostra Aetate, bringing together all the great faiths in a covenant of mutual respect and responsibility. We need leaders from every religion publicly to declare that much of what’s being done today in the name of faith is in fact a desecration of faith, and a violation of its most sacred principles, It took the holocaust to bring about Nostra Aetate. Let’s not wait for another crime, against humanity and God, to bring us to our senses.”

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Sunday: Manchester Jewry

this morning (sunday 25th), 7.23-7.29am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by william crawley) includes …

“A recent report claims the majority of British Jews will be from the ultra-orthodox community by the end of the century.
Rosie Dawson visits one of the largest communities in Manchester to explore the changes this could bring.”

including contributions from …
• historian dr yaakov wise, centre of jewish studies, university of manchester
* journalist dr jonathan kalmus
michelle ciffer, manager of the hershel weiss children and family centre
• dr jonathan boyd, an author of the report, of the institute of jewish policy research
nava kestenbaum, director of strictly orthodox charity interlink
(see also http://www.thejc.com/community/community-life/112521/less-and-more-manch…) (more…)

FOOC: Jerusalem and the past

yesterday morning (saturday 24th), 11.31-11.37am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) leads with …

History’s long shadow: Kevin Connolly goes for an evening stroll in Jerusalem observing that the triumphs and disasters of the past are as real as the tensions of the present if you know where to look.”

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