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CoE: Jewish Cultural Heritage

friday 4th october, 10.01-10.50am, on the council of europe website

parliamentary assembly debate on the report on jewish cultural heritage 

including speeches by …

martin whitfield (soc, uk)

john howell (ec, uk)

sylvain waserman (alde, fr)

alexandros triantafyllidis (erl, gr)

andre reichardt (epp/cd, fr)

donald anderson (soc, uk)

sevinj fataliyeva (ec, az)

rafael huseynov (alde, az)

alexei kondratev (nr, ru)

stefan schennach (soc, au)

samad seyidov (ec, az)

(report at


Rosi Ruben

sunday 19th may, 12.12-12.16pm, on bbc radio 3 

jess robinson (presented by michael berkeley) (in the private passions series) includes …

“And we hear Jess’s grandmother Rosi Ruben (nee Schul) singing a traditional Yiddish song, recorded after she arrived in Britain in charge of seven boys on one of the very last Kindertransports in 1939.”

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Bei Mir Bistu Shein

sunday 5th may, 12.09-12.13pm, on bbc radio 3 

barbara hosking (presented by michael berkeley) (in the private passions series) includes …

“And Bei Mir Bistu Shein by Jacob Jacobs, a love song in Yiddish, a language which she loves and which she taught herself when she found herself living in Swiss Cottage among East European and Jewish emigres.”


Ashley Blaker 2

yesterday evening (sunday 6th), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 4.30am and 5.30pm friday on bbc radio 4 extra)

ashley blaker’s goyish guide to judaism – 2 

“Ashley Blaker, Britain’s only ultra-Orthodox stand up comedian, returns with an insider’s view of his religion.


BC: Noam Shuster-Eliassi

this morning (monday 7th), 9.46-9.52am (repeated from 4.46am sunday and 10.46pm saturday), on bbc world service radio 

boston calling (presented by marco werman) includes …

“The power of comedy is something stand-up comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi is trying to harness in order to start a more honest conversation between Israelis and Palestinians.”

including report from …

• journalist naomi zeveloff 


COTW: Gustav Mahler

last wednesday morning (25th september), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3

gustav mahler (1860-1911): god (3rd of 5 episodes) (in the composer of the week series) (presented by donald mcleod)

“3. Mahler’s ambivalent relationship to religion.

Mahler is often quoted as declaring himself “thrice homeless – as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world – always an intruder, never welcomed.” But while he may have been culturally Jewish he certainly wasn’t devoutly observant, and he wore his Judaism lightly enough to have no problem with converting to Catholicism when it suited him for professional purposes – in 1897 he was offered the directorship of the Vienna Court Opera, but only on condition that he switched faiths.


The Freedland Files

last saturday morning (14th september), 9.00am-12.00 (repeated 7.00pm, and repeated from march 2018), on bbc radio 4 extra 

the freedland files (presented by michael freedland)

“Marking the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, broadcaster Michael Freedland opens his audio archives for the very first time.“


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