Here is a list of all future events across the Community:
Tuesday April 13
Join us at 2.30 pm when Judy Silverton will be interviewing Toastmaster, John Ashmele .
John will discuss the history and the guilds and the training required for him to become a Toastmaster. We will learn about the different types of functions covered including weddings and b’nei mitzvah, civic and corporate functions and we look forward to John peppering his answers with ‘tips of the trade’ and amusing anecdotes.
Over the years John has derived great satisfaction in organising and delivering many social, community and fund-raising events, ensuring that each occasion is memorable for all the right reasons.Continue reading →
Wednesday April 14
Wednesday April 14
JEWS DON’T COUNT is a book for people on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. On the eve of Israeli Independence Day, Jews throughout the world remain an ethnic minority, constantly aware of anti-Semitism. David is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He has written and performed in highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies.Continue reading →
‘Leonardo Da Vinci – a 15th century artist whose Concepts & Artistic ideas anticipated 21st century Imaging’
Sunday April 18
Join Professor Peter Abrahams at 4.00 pm when he will present his fascinating lecture with slides.
Prof. “Emeritus” of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School; Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge; visiting Prof LKC Medicine, NTU Singapore; and Prof of clinical anatomy at SGU Grenada for over 25 years, Peter has recently retired after 45 years as a NHS GP. During his very distinguished career, he has set up a new medical school in Brunel University and published over 40 medical text and other books, CDs, DVDs, Apps in over 90 language editions.Continue reading →
Tuesday April 20
For almost 400 years the Danish royal family has supported and protected the small but influential Jewish community. Charlotte Thalmay will be speaking live from Denmark and telling the amazing story of Danish Jewry from when the first Jews were invited by King Christian in 1622 to the present day, starting at 2:30 pm
To join the meeting click: JACS On-line meeting
Meeting ID: 868 0698 9242
The meeting will be opened from 2:15 pm to allow you time to connect and chat.
Bring your own tea and cake!Continue reading →
Wednesday April 21
Sunday April 25
Join us at 3.00 pm when Simon Barak, cousin of our member Gillian Reik, will be speaking from the Sede Boker campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on this subject as part of our Israel Events. Michael Reik will be introducing Simon.
Simon is a recognized leader in studying genes that allow plants to survive in the world’s harshest environments such as those found in the Negev desert, and is the author of scores of articles in scientific journals.Continue reading →
Tuesday April 27
Jennifer is the Founding Director of Exiled Writers Ink, established in 2000 to bring together migrant and refugee writers. Through literary activism, EWI works to promote creative expression and cross-cultural dialogue while highlighting human rights abuses.
A long-time writer of poetry for herself, Jennifer is editor of four anthologies of exiled literature: The Bend in the Road: Refugees Writing (1997), Crossing the Border: Exiled Women’s Writing (2002), The Silver Throat of the Moon: Writing in Exile (2005) and If Salt Has Memory: Contemporary Jewish Exiled Writing (2008). She has also written numerous articles on aspects of the literature of exile as well as presenting papers both in the UK and overseas, ranging from Casablanca to Gothenburg.Continue reading →
Thursday April 29
All Mosaic members are invited to chat with “recycled” Chairman of Mosaic Reform, Harry Grant!
How has the past month been for you? Join us on the last Thursday of the month to catch up with friends and chat about whatever’s on your mind.
Please bring your own cuppa and cookies (optional)
2.30 pm for an hour or so
or you can dial in from your phone at 0203 481 5237
Meeting ID: 941 3856 0666
Thursday April 29
Who do you want to represent our area and hold the Mayor of London to account?
Join us on Zoom for the Jewish Hustings: Brent and Harrow at 8.15pm, and put your questions to the candidates.
Please note that YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND THE HUSTINGS. Please register by clicking here
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Sunday May 02
Join us at 4.00 pm when Steve Levinson interviews Alex Brummer.
Alex was born in Brighton, obtaining a first degree in Economics and Politics at the University of Southampton. He has always worked as a journalist, initially at the Guardian in the UK and in Washington, USA, in important financial positions overall for a period of 26 years. He then moved to The Mail, becoming City Editor in 2000, a position he holds today.
He was Vice-President at the Board of Deputies 2012-2015, and is currently Chairman of the Abraham Fund Initiatives.Continue reading →
Tuesday May 11
Michael Shelton is a long-standing member of Mosaic Liberal and has a fascinating CV. In addition to his career in the legal profession as a Solicitor and Deputy District Judge, he holds or has held directorships in a stage school, a theatrical agency, a personal management company and a men’s hygiene product company, and he is currently chair of Rickmansworth Churches Housing Association.
And yes, there is a slight connection with “Strictly” ! He was a director of the world’s largest social dance business for 16 years.Continue reading →
Sunday May 16
Keren David is the award-winning author of twelve Young Adult novels. She has had a long career in journalism, and is currently Associate Editor (Features) for the Jewish Chronicle – where she started her career as a messenger girl. In between she worked for many national newspapers and has lived in London, Glasgow and Amsterdam.
Her latest book “What We’re Scared Of”, is about contemporary antisemitism and Jewish identity. The Times called it “an engaging, powerful and timely book”.Continue reading →
Tuesday May 25
Join us at 2.30 when Hadley Freeman will be interviewed by Steve Levinson.
‘A near perfect study of Jewish identity…in the 20th century. If there is a better book about the anguish of Jewish survival I have yet to read it.‘ – The Daily Telegraph
‘House of Glass is extraordinary. It reads like a mystery and a memoir and a gripping history of the last century … Freeman doesn’t hide from the grey spaces people inhabit during wartime, or shy away from drawing the terrifying parallels to today’s iterations of those ancient hatreds. It’s a brave and wonderful book’ – Nathan Englander
Meeting ID: 836 0496 7968Continue reading →
Sunday May 30
John Ashmele will present another entertaining on-line quiz for the Mosaic Jewish Community & friends. No winners, no prizes, just a lot of fun. Refreshments: whatever is left over from lunch!
Don’t forget the bumper picture round on www.ashmele.co.uk/blog/quiz.
Join Zoom Meeting at 4.00 pm on Sunday 30th May
Meeting ID: 836 6939 7471
If you don’t have a computer / tablet / smartphone you can still call in (standard charges apply) 0203 051 2874
Meeting ID as above
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Sunday June 06
PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME ON SUNDAYS
Join us at 5.30 to hear the story behind The Story and what it takes to self-publish a book for the first time.
After 30 years of sitting high up on a shelf, Antonia dusted off the manuscript of her children’s book and Lockdown created the opportunity to brush up the story, sort out the illustrations – done by Daniel T Sullivan – and get it published. Also, the audiobook was recorded at home and, although Antonia narrated the story and husband Howard, (man of many voices) portrayed the amusing characters, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds.
All will be revealed when Antonia and Howard Berger, who are long-standing members of Mosaic Reform, will talk about the ups and downs of this new venture.Continue reading →
Tuesday June 08
Join us at 2.30pm when Steve Levinson will interview Her Honour Judge Dawn Freeman
Dawn was a Circuit Judge who sat for many years at Harrow Crown Court. Dawn was the youngest person to be appointed to the position of Stipendiary Magistrate (now called a District Judge) and sat at South West London Magistrates’ Court. At the request of the late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Dawn and the late Judge Myrella Cohen QC drafted a pre-nuptial agreement to be signed by couples agreeing to behave in accordance with Jewish Law if they divorced. Dawn and Myrella played a part in the drafting of the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002 giving judges the power to postpone decrees absolute until the parties had complied with their religious obligations. Dawn is a former Trustee of Jewish Women’s Aid.Continue reading →
Sunday June 13
Join Alicia Merrett at 5.30pm when she will give a presentation on this amazing art form.
The word ‘quilt’ tends to evoke images of bed covers. That is the purpose for which quilts have traditionally been made. However, from the 1960s onwards a strong movement developed, first in the US, and then in the UK and throughout the world, of Art Quilts which are designed to hang on the wall – textile ‘paintings’ where the artwork is layered and stitched.
Alicia Merrett has been an art quilter for over 20 years and her work has been, and is, exhibited in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Israel. She is known for her use of strong colour; textile maps are one of her best known series. Currently she is creating digital designs which are then printed on fabric and stitched.
Meeting ID: 876 6630 1506
If you don’t have a computer / tablet / smartphone you can still call in (standard charges apply) 0203 481 5240
Meeting ID as above
Tuesday June 22
Join us at 2.30pm when Steve Levinson will interview Gillian Perry
Gillian co-founded the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990, along with family and friends of Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank. In 2010, she was awarded an MBE for her work in education.
She is now the Honorary Vice President, Anne Frank Trust UK and the Community Outreach Ambassador, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect USA.
The Anne Frank Trust uses Anne Frank’s powerful and tragic story to help young people understand and challenge prejudice and hatred, and embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others.
Her book, ‘The Legacy of Anne Frank’ presents the inspirational stories of a diverse variety of people from all over the world, brought together by the words of one particularly articulate and inspiring teenage victim of the Holocaust.
‘I’m grateful that you were able to speak at the Clinton Presidential Center last year, and for the good work you’re doing to share Anne’s wisdom in new ways- the lessons of her life are as important today as ever.’ President William J Clinton February 2020Continue reading →
Sunday July 04
Western perceptions of biblical events from the Renaissance to the present day by Adam Green
Join us at 5.30pm for Adam’s presentation
Adam’s talk is about two of his greatest passions – art and biblical criticism – concentrating on the role of fine art (including sculpture), literature and cinema upon our perceptions of Bible texts and personalities.
Adam is an artist, illustrator and author, who trained at St. Martins School of Art and has exhibited in the UK and overseas. His patrons include the late Duke of Devonshire and the governments of Israel and Chile. One highpoint was designing the cover for the UK paperback edition of the novel, Billy Bathgate.
Adam lived in Israel in 1970 and then again from 2009 until 2012, and recently spent two years in Sweden. He currently divides his time between London, Oxford and southern Spain where Adam makes Moscatel wine. His first book, King Saul – The True History of the First Messiah was published to critical acclaim in 2007, and in 2014 Adam published his first novel – ARK (previously, The Sons of Kohath).Continue reading →