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Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared


Tuesday 29th January 2019 from 9.30 to 5.30 pm.

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Royal Jews: Jewish Life in Berkshire from the Readmission Till Today

Start: Dec 11, 2014 06:30 PM

Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue 

Thursday December 11th

 In conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society of England

Royal Jews

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Anidjar Romain MBE is a writer and broadcaster and minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, England. He has a PhD in the history of British Jewry. He writes for 'The Times', 'The Independent', 'The Guardian', 'The Jewish Chronicle' and appears on radio and television. He chaired the Movement for Reform Judaism's Assembly of Rabbis and for several years was one of the judges for both The Times Preacher of the Year competition and the BBC's Frank Gillard Awards for religious programmes. He also chairs the Accord Coalition, which he helped found as an alliance of religious and non-religious groups committed to campaigning against religious discrimination in state-funded faith schools. In November 2012 he established Inter-faith leaders for Dignity in Dying, an inter-faith group of clergy.

His book, Royal Jews, was published in 2013. He began researching local Jewish history when he arrived in the area in 1980, intending to write a short leaflet, but found enough material to turn into a 396 page book going back to the Middle Ages. He discovered the first recorded Jew in the area to be Isaac of Wycombe in 1239, followed by Joshua of Marlow. Jonathan Romain writes about the remarkable presence of the Rothshild estates throughout Buckinghamshire as well as the influx to Marlow, Wycombe and Amersham of Jewish refugees during the Second World War. One of these was Berlin-born Fritz Lustig who was interned on the Isle of Man then transferred to the Intelligence Corps and sent to a Prisoner of War camp in Beaconsfield where he eavesdropped on high-ranking German prisoners through electronic devices placed in their cells. Another was the famous Dr. Ludwig Guttmann who established a centre for the treatment of those with severe spinal injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The best known local resident all was Benjamin Disraeli who lived at Hughenden Manor, born a Jew and baptised at the age of12 into the Church of England faith. Jonathan Romain will talk about all this and more in his lecture.

Reception from 6.30pm, Garden Room, Wilkins Building (South Cloisters entrance)

Lecture 7pm



For more events, see our Lectures Programme for Autumn 2014.  

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