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Virtual Meetings 2021

The rebirth of Jewish life in Krakow: Jonathan Ornstein (BBUK – 26/05/2021)

Jonathan Ornstein is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, which opened in 2008.  Its aim is to rebuild Jewish life.  With over 700 Jewish members, they welcome over 10,000 visitors a month, becoming one of Poland’ most visible signs of Jewish revival


An unsung cultural hero – British Jewish choral music: Michael Etherton (BBUK – 12/05/2021)

Starting in the 19th century, Britain’s Jewish community quietly developed its own unique choral tradition, which has gone on to have considerable influence worldwide. In a musically illustrated presentation Michael Etherton musical director of Mosaic Voices, former director of the London Jewish Male Choir and Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film, looks at how this came about, and how this distinctive musical heritage is being heard and appreciated well beyond the Jewish community


Getting bugged – following in my grandfather’s footsteps: Judy Weleminsky (BBUK – 14/04/2021)

Judy Weleminsky has a new challenge in retirement – recreating a forgotten treatment for Tuberculosis! Once a charity chief executive, now she is humble microbiologist with the grand ambition of taking on a disease which still kills more than a million people a year. Judy will take you through her exciting roller coaster experience as well as the fascinating historical background to the treatment – Tuberculomucin-Weleminsky


Jeremy Havardi in conversation with HE Ishmael Khaldi, Ambassador Elect to Eritrea (BBUK/BIA – 31/03/2021)

Ishmael Khaldi is the first Bedouin diplomat in Israel’s Foreign Ministry and has been appointed as the next Ambassador to Eritrea. He has been a political analyst in the Ministry of Defense, the Israel Police and the IDF and has written A Shepherd’s Journey: the story of Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat.

What’s happening to Labour’s stance on antisemitism and Israel since the change from Corbyn to Starmer? : Luke Akehust (17/03/2021)

Luke Akehurst is Director of We Believe in Israel and is a long standing Labour activist.  He has been a Labour Councillor for any years and is a member of the party’s NEC



With vaccines – when will the pandemic end? : Professor Alan Silman (03/03/2021)

Professor Alan Silman is Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He is the lead on the college’s Global Health Policy and a world-renowned epidemiologist and a rheumatologist.

For Alan’s bi-weekly COVID 19 blog, go to https://makingsenseofcovid19withs.com/



What’s wrong with the Middle East? – uncovering the issues
that plague the world’s most troubled region : Noru Tsalic (17/02/2021)

Noru Tsalic, former IDF soldier and current management consultant has spent many years engaging in pro-Israel advocacy. He writes regularly for Times of Israel and is the editor in chief of‘ Politically Incorrect Politics’.


From Clothing to Corona – the life and legacy of Sir Montague Burton: Nigel Grizzard (03[02/2021)

Nigel Grizzard is a leading Jewish Heritage Guide and Researcher


Is it important to remember the Holocaust? – Dame Helen Hyde (19/01/2021)

Dame Helen Hyde, DBE is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Imperial War Museum.  She is a Trustee of the Holocaust Education Trust and the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
In 2012, Helen was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to national education and Holocaust education and in 2018 she was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of Hertfordshire.