for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Gay Jewish conversion

yesterday (wednesday 9th), on bbc 3 tv (repeated from tuesday 23rd may) (online only)
my big gay jewish conversion (presented by simon atkins)

“Is Israel really the best place in the world to be gay? And is Judaism the one mainstream religion that accepts homosexuality? Meet Simon, a gay Catholic man from the west of Ireland on a quest to find out.

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P4t: Gelfand 8/8/2017

yesterday morning (tuesday 8th), 5.47-5.51am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought, by rabbi shoshana boyd gelfand

“I’m no closer to certainty in my beliefs today than I was when I was younger.”

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this morning (tuesday 8th), 7.49-7.52am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day, by rabbi laura janner-klausner


(if you missed it, available, soon with transcript, at

Oscar Nemon

yesterday evening (sunday 6th), 10.44-10.56pm, on bbc radio 4
westminster hour (presented by carolyn quinn) includes …

Keith McDougall has been finding out more about sculptor Oscar Nemon

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yesterday morning (sunday 6th), 8.48-8.58am, on bbc radio 4
on musical theatre (by adam gopnik) (in the a point of view series)

“The history of the American musical theatre is, as a wise theatre historian [Jack Viertel] once wrote, simply one of Jewish men yelling at each other.”

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this evening (sunday 6th), 9.44-9.49pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

“The Israeli government says that it wants to take the Qatar-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera off the air

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yesterday morning (saturday 5th), 9.40-9.56am, on bbc radio 4
saturday live (presented by aasmah mir and rev richard coles)

“….and marriage guidance is available from Rabbi Jonathan Romain, whose new book, ‘Confessions of a Rabbi’. revisits hijacked weddings, catastrophic funerals, and the various triumphs and disasters that attend the human condition.”

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