Jewish books

Jewish Book Week defends Lithuanian invitation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2013

The Jewish Book Week director has defended her decision to host the author of a controversial book about Lithuania that critics have labelled a “PR exercise” for the Lithuanian government.

Ellen Cassedy is to discuss We are here, which she said covers “brave” Lithuanians, “Jews and non-Jews… working in an often hostile environment to bring the Holocaust out into the open”.

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A Jewish Book Week to set our imaginations alight

By Zoe Winograd, January 10, 2013

The man responsible for the iconic London Olympic Games cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, will be one of the highlight speakers at this year’s Jewish Book Week. Mr Heatherwick, whose Jewish grandmother fled Nazi Germany to come to London, will speak about his art and new book, Thomas Heatherwick: Making.

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Valeri Petrov: The bard of Bulgaria

By Oggy Boytchev, August 17, 2012

He writes in a language spoken by a mere seven million people. But he is revered as the master of modern Bulgarian poetry. And he is the only person in the world to have translated the complete works of Shakespeare in verse. He was 92 earlier this year and his name is Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov.

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Rare Hebrew treasures saved from skip

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

Thousands of Jewish books, some over 200 years old, have been saved after being discovered by workmen in a dilapidated house.

A passer-by alerted Higher Crumpsall Synagogue last Saturday after seeing hundreds of Jewish books being thrown into a skip in Salford by workmen.

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Jewish Book Week...for the deaf

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

Jewish Book Week is to make four of its events accessible to deaf audience members.

Those deaf or hard-of-hearing will be able to use live speech-to-text translation, transcribed by a reporter using a special phonetic keyboard, using technology from charity Stagetext.

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Jewish Book Week hunt for new director

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

The director of Jewish Book Week will step down following the 2012 festival after seven years in the post.

Geraldine d’Amico said it was “the longest I had ever been in a job” and hoped to go out with “the most successful year ever”.

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Mearsheimer backs book by antisemite

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

A US academic who co-wrote a controversial book about the Israel lobby has praised a new work by the Jewish antisemitic writer Gilad Atzmon.

Mr Atzmon, a jazz musician and vociferous critic of Israel and Judaism, has written a book called The Wandering Who?

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Online, after a mere 400 years

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Part of one of the most important texts in the Jewish canon is to be made available online for the first time, fulfilling a request by its previous owner.

The first two books of the Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive code of Jewish law written in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, were acquired by Oxford University's Bodleian Library around 400 years ago.

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New year machzor from Sacks

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

The Chief Rabbi's new Rosh Hashanah machzor hit the shops this week.

Edited by Dayan Ivan Binstock of the London Beth Din and published by Jerusalem-based Koren, the machzor features a new translation, commentary and introductory essay by Lord Sacks.

It is the first in a planned series of prayer books by the Chief Rabbi covering the major festivals, superseding the now out-of-print Routledg

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Tesco ban on the Protocols

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Tesco has stopped selling The Protocols of the Elders of Zion after a shopper threatened to boycott the supermarket until it removed the controversial book from its website.

Rachel Amdurer, a 44-year-old teaching assistant from Halifax, was searching for Jewish books when she saw the antisemitic forgery for sale.

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