Top 10 events not to be missed – marking our heritage

Top 10 events not to be missed – marking our heritage

We pick out top activities with B’nai B’rith UK, for the 20th anniversary of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Hosted by B’nai B’rith UK and sponsored by Jewish News, the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage is this year marking its 20th anniversary.

The events, which run from Sunday, 8 September to Sunday, 22 September, focus on this year’s theme – heritage.


Tours/talks: Victoria & Albert Museum.

Thursdays, 12, 19 and 26 September, 1pm

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A is hosting a series of tours and talks on its Jewish heritage, Judaica collection and Jewish patrons.

Exhibition and guided tour: Worth Park History Society.

Mon, 9 to Fri, 13 SEPT

Explore the remains of the historic West Sussex home of Abraham Montefiore, built in 1882. The James Pulham Formal Gardens and Italianate Terraces were restored as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project.

Worth Park

Film: ORT House, Camden.

Sun, 15 SEPT

BBUK hosts a screening of Why The Jews? and then a Q & A with producer John Curtin via Skype, with journalist, Jeremy Havardi.


Talk: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood.

Tuesday, 10 September

Prof Francesca Klug speaks on human rights and open house of LJS, which owns a Shoah memorial by Anish Kapoor.

Liberal Jewish Synagogue

Talk: National Trust’s Mottisfont, Hampshire.

Sunday, 15 September, 12pm
The talk will explore the history of the Grade I listed building and last owner, Maud Russell, the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants, who helped Jewish relatives in Second World War Europe.

Tour/Exhibition: The Wiener Library.

Tuesday, 10 September

A tour exploring the heritage of the B’nai B’rith Leo Baeck (London) lodge collection in the library’s archives. Also on display is Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon exhibition (until 15 Oct).

Talk: London Metropolitan Archive. Friday, 20 September

Hear stories about Jewish Londoners from within the archive’s collections.

Open day: Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Holland Park.

Sun, 8 Sept

Tour of historic synagogue and talk from Lyn Julius of Harif (Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa).

Workshop: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, Charterhouse Buildings, London.

Sun, 22 September.

JGSGB is holding a family research workshop and offering use of its library. Guests can bring their family research paperwork and experts can help to explore family backgrounds.

Holland Park Synagogue

Talk: JW3, Finchley Road. Wed, 11 Sept

Using stories drawn from the RAF Museum, Joshua Levine will talk about Hidden Heroes of the Royal Air Force, exploring what it meant to be Jewish in wartime and looking into those who fought for freedom.


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