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LW: Deborah Feldman

monday 11th may, on bbc radio 5 live 

unorthodox author: why I left strict satmar jewish community (in the live wires series) (presented by emma barnett

Deborah Feldman grew up in the strict Satmar Jewish community in Brooklyn.

She had an arranged marriage at 17 and gave birth to her son at 19 – but always knew she wanted more than being a wife and mother and following strict rules and customs.

At 23, she made the difficult decision to leave the community and wrote a book about her experiences, which has now become a hit series on Netflix.”

including interview with …

• author deborah feldman 


Twt: Coronavirus deaths

yesterday evening (wednesday 20th), 10.21-10.27pm, on bbc radio 4  

the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

Britain’s Jewish community, which comprises around 0.5% of the population, just 264,000 people, has suffered a high death toll. Figures from the Board of Deputies of British Jews say that 458 Jews have lost their lives to the virus since the pandemic began.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter john mcmanus 

yanki rothschild, brother of downs syndrome coronavirus victim y y rothschild

mark williams, cemeteries manager, bushey new cemetery

• rabbi mark goldsmith, edgware and hendon reform synagogue 

yehudis fletcher, founder of nahamu 

levi schapiro, stamford hill, jewish community council

shloime steinberg, ezra umarpeh medical charity

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Nd: Haredi Coronavirus

yesterday morning (wednesday 20th), 5.25-5.29am, on bbc world service radio 

newsday (presented by lawrence pollard and clare mcdonnell) includes …

Israel, where the infection rate among religious orthodox Jewish groups is double that for the rest of the population.”

including interview with …

• anthropologist ben kastan, hebrew university of jerusalem


Tftd: Sacks 15/5/2020

this morning (friday 15th), 7.48-7.51am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by former chief rabbi lord sacks

“When war or disease affects all of us, you learn to care for all of us. I hope that’s what happens now, that we build a fairer society where human values count as much as economic ones.  We’ve been through too much simply to go back to where we were.”


Nh: Pompeo visit

this afternoon (wednesday 13th), 2.15-2.19pm, on bbc world service radio 

newshour (presented by james menedez) includes …

“The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is on his way home after a brief visit to Israel, his first foreign trip in more than six weeks. Coronavirus, but also Iran, and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to annex part of the occupied West Bank, were all said to be on the agenda.”

including interview with …

• bbc reporter tom bateman


Today: Tracking coronavirus 2

this morning (tuesday 12th), 8.45-8.49am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated tomorrow 2.20pm and 9.20pm on newshour on bbc world service radio) 

today (presented by martha kearney and mishal husain) includes …

  “It is nearly two months since the Israeli government approved emergency measures to deal with coronavirus, which included using the security agencies to track suspected cases through mobile phone data. New cases are now down to double digits, with an overall death toll of just over 250. The continuing involvement of the domestic intelligence service is proving controversial.”

including contributions from … 

• bbc reporter tom bateman

• pizza-maker aaron pavoncello 

arik barbing (“harris”), founder of the shin bet cyber division 

pershid kushovsky, under lockdown through phone tracking


H&S: Miriam Camerini

this morning (friday 8th), 9.33-9.41am (repeated 4.33pm, 2.33pm saturday, and 11.33am and 10.33pm sunday), on bbc world service radio  

heart and soul (presented by john mccarthy) includes …

Miriam Camerini is an Italian trainee Rabbi who is stranded in Canada, unable to travel home. She is heartbroken to hear of sick friends, but comforted by new online connections with Jerusalem.”

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