South London Limmud
Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football (Session 3)
Did you ever hear "Death to the Arabs" chanted at a football match? Could you believe that a team wouldn't hire a fantastic footballer because of his ethnicity? These are some of the problems that New Israel Fund's campaign to Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football works on solving. Come and hear how it's being done, and what role the English FA has played in this effort. This session is for anyone interested in human rights, social justice and football!
Ellen Goldberg joined New Israel Fund's staff as Associate Director in Israel in 2001 and has been Executive Director of NIF (UK) since 2007. She worked in social and health service development in Israel since making aliya from the US in 1980, especially for Ethiopian immigrants, the elderly, and children at risk.
Co-existence - an alternative approach (Session 3)
A brief history of Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam (NSWaS), its raison d'etre and description of its educational institutions.
Benita Hide has been working in the NGO sector on human rights for the past 15 years, and with British Friends of NSWaS for nearly ten.
Opening doors - myths about asylum seekers and refugees today (Session 4)
Refugees and asylum seekers are among the most vulnerable and disempowered people in the world. In Britain, they are also one of the most vilified. Anti-asylum media campaigns have exercised enormous influence on government policy and political discourse, resulting in the belief that we are sinking under the weight of refugees clambering onto our island. The facts show otherwise: two thirds of the world's refugees are in the Middle East and Africa. Britain's hardening stance means that the number entering now are negligible and steadily declining. In this session Edie Friedman will attempt to show how current attitudes reflect a centuries-old tradition of ambivalence towards the world's dispossessed, fuelled by economic protectionism and the perceived need to maintain social cohesion.
Edie Friedman is a regular speaker and writes on race and asylum issues. In 1976 she founded the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), of which she is now a director.
Jewish Radicals in London's East End (Session 4)
An account of the radical movements among the immigrant Jews of East London, including stories such as Jewish radicals eating bacon sandwiches outside synagogues, ultra-Orthodox housewives making gefilte fish sandwiches for striking Catholic dockers, and Rudolf Rocker, the non-Jewish bookbinder who learnt Yiddish and led the Jewish anarchist movement before being interned in Alexandra Palace as an enemy alien during World War One.
Ben Gidley is a researcher at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has researched the history of Jewish radicalism in London's East End, focusing on the First World War. He is working on a study of Jewish community leadership for the Rothschild Foundation Europe and is an associate of New Jewish Thought.
Is there a new Jewish agenda? Jews, Israel, Politics and the World (Session 5)
What are the challenges facing the Jews and how well are we doing in responding to them?
Jon Mendelsohn is a former political adviser, campaigner, third sector Chief Executive, communications professional and businessman. He is currently working professionally as an investor and in a voluntary capacity for both the Labour Party and his local synagogue.
Parliament and Jewish Community Issues (Session 6)
This session will deal with issues in Parliament that are of particular concern to the Jewish community. This will include how Israel is viewed by MPs, Britain-Israel relations, anti-Semitism and how the All-Party Committee Against Anti-Semitism and the Government is combating anti-Semitism. The issue of Iran and the threat it poses to international peace and security will also be discussed.
Louise Ellman has been the MP for Liverpool Riverside since May 1997. She is Chairman of the Transport Select Committee, Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Regional Government Group, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Israel and Vice-Chair of the All Party British-Israel Parliamentary Group. She is also a Council Member of the Holocaust Educational Trust and a director of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Deconstructing the 1948 War of Independence (Session 6)
Social groups have narratives through which they define their history and which underpin their attitudes. Thus the 1948 war looks entirely different through the eyes of Jews, Arabs and bystanders. Accounts by Yigal Allon, Howard Sacher, Avi Shlaim, Benny Morris, Glubb Pasha and others will be compared, and the basis of historical revisionism discussed. What can be said about the post-modernist teaching that all narratives are equally valid?
Bryan Reuben is Professor of Chemical Technology at London South Bank University. Since going emeritus (i.e. unpaid) he has written books on the chemical, pharmaceutical and process industries, and many letters to the press. He worries that, when professional historians write about events where he was present, there seems to be little correlation with what he remembers.There's also a culinary history of Italian Jewry, a history of Ethiopian Jewry, David Newman on Israel at 60, Fiyaz Mughal on interfaith action, an Anglican priest talking about Rothko and Chagall, a veteran of the displaced persons camps and the Israeli war of independence, a talk on the wonderful Janus Korczak, plus lots of religion, music, dance and more!
Sunday 13 July 2008 Bromley College Rookery Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 8HE