Communal Diary

Club Thursday – ‘A Journey Through Life in Medicine’
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr Sydney Berger, a retired Consultant anaesthetist, talks about some of his many experiences in a long and distinguished career.

Lisa Jacobs Presents – Magical Musical Showcase – Ladies’ Concert in Partnership with Chai Cancer Care
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
The ZCC, Fly the Flag for Israel and Zionist Federation UK Present Lt Col (Ret) Eyal Dror
Feb 25 @ 7:15 pm

From June 2016, Eyal headed “Operation Good Neighbour”, the IDF’s multi-faceted humanitarian relief operation which saw thousands of Syrians receiving lifesaving medical treatment, in IDF field hospitals and some of Israel’s most renowned city-based hospitals, as well as providing much-needed food and other aid to unfortunate Syrians caught up in the war.

Eyal also headed up the IDF unit which facilitated the rescue of 422 White Helmet volunteers, and their family members, at the request of the U.S. the U.K. and other European nations. The U.K. hailed the IDF operation and assisted with their resettlement.

Eyal will tell this amazing and life-affirming story, followed by a Q&S session, on Monday 25th February, 7:15pm registration for a 7:45pm start.

Shechita UK Awareness Update
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Shimon Cohen of Schechita UK will be addressing the community

Further details tbc

The Centre for Jewish Studies – ‘Hitler Versus Picasso and the Others’ – The Nazi Obsession for Art
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm

Hitler versus Picasso and the others. The Nazi obsession for art

Dir. Claudio Poli | Italy 2017 | 90 mins
Screening followed by Q&A with Jean-Marc Dreyfus who appears in the film and will be chaired by David Berkley QC.
80 years have passed since the Nazi regime placed a definitive ban on so-called degenerate art considered ‘cosmopolitan and communist’. In 1937 an exhibition was staged to publically brand and stigmatize it while holding, only a short distance away, an exhibition dedicated to pure Arian art. At the same time, under the orders of Hitler and Goering, began the looting of classic works of art, those masterpieces that were to occupy an area the Führer planned to turn into the Louvre of Linz, a project that would remain on paper only. Goering too, himself a compulsive collector, compiled a list of artworks that were to appear in his residence at Carinhall, not far from Berlin. The masterpieces of degenerate art would instead be sold at auction, the proceeds ending up in the state coffers, later used to buy the art that met with the regime’s approval.

Artworks began to be confiscated from museums in occupied territories, seized from the homes of art collectors, particularly Jews. The looting would continue until the end of the war with the confiscation of the art heritage from those countries traversed by German troops. The accompanying narrative to the documentary is provided by Toni Servillo. Many of the stories told take their cue from four great exhibitions which, 80 years later, in 2017, sum up the situation as to what became of the treasures stolen by the Nazis and many of the people involved at the time.

Sponsored by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies.

Early booking is highly recommended.

The Sam Herwald JNF Wednesday Club – ‘Mindful Music of the 50s, 60s and 70s’
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jed and Maggie will entertain us – a super afternoon of great music to round off the programme. Not to be missed.

The Jewish Historical Society
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Jewish Historical Society Manchester Branch, partnering with the Centre for Jewish Studies, the University of Manchester, presents:
‘The hunt for the identity of the voice of the ‘harangue’ in German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945-2014)’
When the Allied armies liberated the German concentration camps, they often organised summary acts of justice, retribution and re-education to confront the German people with the crimes of the Nazi regime and to make them aware of their shared responsibility for these crimes.
A particularly powerful example took place at Bergen-Belsen on 24 April 1945, when six ‘Burgermeisters’ (mayors and local government officials) from the area were forced to visit the camp. During the visit they attended a mass burial while a British officer read a 1,000 word speech –known as the ‘German harangue’ ¬- condemning the SS and the whole German people for the crimes committed at the camp.
This scene was filmed and forms one of the most powerful moments in the recently completed and restored British documentary, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945/2014). Dr Toby Haggith, Restoration Director of the film at IWM, will show the scene and describe the work to identify the author and the voice of the harangue.
Room A113 of the Samuel Alexander building, University of Manchester.

Entry free for JHS members and students (£3 entry fee for non-members)
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Club Thursday – ‘How Film Music Started’
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Judy Kellner takes us back to the early days of cinema, with musical illustrations.

Family Challah Bake with Chabad Whitefield
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm
UJIA Ladies’ Night
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Wine, dine and enjoy the surprises!

Dress to have fun!

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There will be an appeal.