How Can We Use Education to Combat the Rise of Anti-Semitism?

Tue 23 April 2019
18:30-19:30

Against a backdrop of rising anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, both here and across Europe, what role does Holocaust education have to play in combatting both and what are the broader challenges for those in the sector, as they battle more than just restricted classroom timetables and ignorance?

Contemporary anti-Semitism has led to a resurgence of traditional anti-Semitic imageries and language, fuelled by new forms of instant media and reaching ever-growing audiences. Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, asks why the lessons learnt from the horrors of the Holocaust have not been given more credence and wider recognition, and what are the tests facing those trying to use education to combat antisemitism today?

This event is also part of the Festival of Ideas annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s.

Purim at Park Row 2019

Purim at Park Row 2019
March 20th

Come join us for a night of festivities for all the family!

17.30 – 18.50
Hamantashan and Groger Making.
PLUS a Falafel King feast for the kids

£3 for members, £5 non members, cheder subscribers free

19.00
Megillla Reading

Free to all (obviously!)

20.00
Post-Megillah Falafel King Feast & Music!

£3 for members, £5 non-members

For more information please email info@parkrowsynagogue.org.

Shabbat UK

Saturday March 2nd, 2019
10am onwards

We’re excited to offer a day of delicious food, good vibes of Shabbat, and a youthful community!

Bristol is happening this ShabbatUK!

Join us for:

Services beginning @ 10:00 AM

Children’s services and Activities @ 11:30 AM

Kiddush + Lunch @ 12:45.

It’s gonna be lively!

RSVP to ujaskiel@aish.org.uk is appreciated but non essential.

Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration

Friday 25 January 2019
1:30pm-4:45pm 

City Hall, Bristol
Full wheelchair access, Loop and BSL interpreters

Speakers include Holocaust survivor Iby KnillCouncillor Asher Craig, and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE.

For more information please download a PDF brochure of the day here.

Channukah 2018 in Bristol

Family Channukah Party
Sunday December 2nd
2pm
@ Park Row Synagogue

Bring your family along to our communal celebration of Channukah. There will be games, music, dancing, spinning, crafts, and lots of latkes & doughnuts!

£2.50 per child / £5 per adult
Children 0-2 FREE

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Community Candle Lighting 
Sunday December 2nd
4pm
@ College Green

With Doughnuts n’ Latkes, Chocolate Gelt, Hot Drinks, Fire Show and Free Raffle, this celebration will be fun for all ages!

For more details see here www.jewishbristol.com/eventlist

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The History of Jews of Bristol
Sunday December 9
@ Park Row Synagogue
7pm
£9 per head

Park Row Synagogue are hosting a talk from Alex Schlesinger on The History of the Jews of Bristol & Bath, followed by candle lighting, and a delicious supper.

All are welcome, for more information or to book a place please contact Eve Gordon on 962 0187.

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub 6 – 10 November 2018

“Semites” at Bristol’s Loco Klub
[in the vaults under Bristol Temple Meads Station]
6 – 10 November 2018

Bristol’s Muslim-Jewish charity, Salaam Shalom, and local actor Ben Nathan, are set to bring a new theatre production to the City (6-10 Nov), hot on the heels of its London premier (30 Oct-3 Nov).

“Semites” is the culmination of three years’ research and interviews on location in Israel and Palestine by creator and Executive Producer, Ben.  Interviewees included students, farmers, yoga practitioners, lawyers, engineers, journalists, peace activists, settlers, combatants.

Ben heard stories from those who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, secular, orthodox, settler, ideological, military and political, on both sides of the Israel/Palestine Green Line. Using family and friends in the region, and his familiarity with life on the ground, he gained the commitment and trust of these individuals, groups and organisations. Now those stories will be told in a ‘verbatim’ theatre production with Ben acting alongside Lara Sawalha.

The name was conceived because Palestinians and Israelis have one indisputable thing in common: they are all Semites. “Semites”, directed by London-based Daniel Goldman, “explores the challenges of living an ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances, of having dialogue with ‘the other’, of loss and hope, of staying alive. In a world of echo chambers, fake news and fear.”  According to Producer, Arsalan Sattari: “Audiences are invited to leave their preconceptions at the door, and open their eyes, ears and heart”.

As well as the production itself, Salaam Shalom plans to work with members of the production team to deliver workshops, based around the topic of dialogue, to community organisations and schools in London and the South West.

For Ben Nathan: “Using the interviewees’ words, verbatim, I want to encourage insightful discourse on this complex subject.  This rarely happens because of our often linear and simplistic view of the conflict. By presenting genuine, human experiences from those living this story, I want to challenge polarised perspectives and encourage audiences to reflect and re-examine what they thought they knew.”

Martin Vegoda, Chair of Salaam Shalom: “We’ve been delighted to support Ben’s concept of workshops around a verbatim theatre performance.  Using Israeli and Palestinian voices telling their own story fits us perfectly.  Over the past 12 years Salaam Shalom has offered arts and media activities which enable people from different cultural backgrounds to learn more about each other and challenge their not always valid perceptions.”

“Semites” website is www.semites.one    To book at the Loco Klub, go to www.locobristol.com

Invest in Peace

Bristol Hebrew Congregation, together with the Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation and Clifton Cathedral, invite you to hear the stories of two peace activists: one Israeli and one Palestinian.

Jews, Christians and people of all faiths and none, are invited to this free interfaith event, in partnership with Solutions Not Sides.

Date: Wednesday 31st October

Time: 6:30pm – Doors open and refreshments served

7:00pm – Event begins

Venue: A Bristol location. Full address will be sent to registered attendees via Eventbrite.

Ticketing website: PeaceBristol.eventbrite.co.uk

Enquiries: 020 7543 5407

High Holiday’s 2018

Below you will see a table of all the dates and times for this year’s high holidays. Please feel free to come along to any of our beautiful and inclusive services…there is no need to book. Shana Tova to one and all!

 

Shavuot 2018

In the Hebrew year 2448, just weeks after leaving Egypt, we all stood together at the foot of Mount Sinai where G-d gave the Torah.

3,330 years later, we are still celebrating!
We re-live the Sinai experience and the Giving Of The Torah by hearing the 10 Commandments being read from the Torah on Shavuot morning and enjoying dairy foods. (Cheesecake is a favourite, although customary not obligatory.)

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer will be hosting a celebration this weekend at the Park Row Synagogue on Shavuot morning for the reading of the 10 Commandments and a Grand Dairy Feast (vegan options too) following the prayer service. On Sunday, 20 May, 11am. We hope you can join us.

As Children are the future and the ones who carry the Torah on to the next generation, they will be included in the celebration with a fun Children’s Service and Ice Cream Party!

Looking forward to celebrating together this Sunday.

Un Wine’d- Wine Tasting – 15 May, 2018

What does Kosher wine bring to mind? Palwin or Kedem?

You may be amazed at how the kosher wine market has developed over recent years. Today there are many award-winning kosher wines available. The best selling Moscato in the USA happens to be Kosher, with only a fraction of its sales actually to the Kosher market!

On Tuesday evening 15 MayWine educator Ian Abrahams Dip WSET will be leading us with a guided tasting of eight selected wines. From California Zinfandel to Israeli Chardonnay to French Riesling to Spanish Rioja there will be something for all tastes.

Served up with fine Kosher cheeses and light refreshments, this will be an evening to Un•wine•d in great company!

Tickets are £12 online at www.jewishbristol.com/wine or £15 at the door.
15 May, 7:30 PM at the Park Row Synagogue.

We look forward to meeting you at this unique and special evening.

Rabbi Mendy & Chaya Singer

P.S. RSVP here www.jewishbristol.com/wine