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JACS -The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Music

Tuesday, January 26


On Tuesday, Viv Bellos, MBE, gave an overview of music in Synagogues, concert halls and the home before, during and after WW2 with musical illustrations

If you were not able to attend the event, you can watch the recording by clicking the link below:

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Collecting Weird & Wonderful Objects!

Sunday, January 24

MOSAIC welcomed Maurice Collins OBE to talk about some of the items in his extraordinary collection and engaging you to  fathom out the functions of some the gadgets on display.

Maurice has earned himself a unique reputation as a collector of gadgets, distinguished by their eccentricity as well as the sheer enterprise of many British inventors through the last two centuries, determined to plug a gap in the consumer market.

Deservedly awarded the title “Britain’s Best Collector” of Victorian gadgets.

He has been amassing these marvellous items for over 40 years, sharing them, together with a wealth of ephemera and posters, many housed in museums including The British Library and talking about them to numerous audiences. As an author he has written several books on his Eccentric Collections and other subjects.

If you missed the event you can view the recording by clicking the link below:

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Steve Levinson interviews Dame Louise Joyce Ellman, DBE

Tuesday, January 19

Dame Louise Joyce Ellman, DBE  served as Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside from 1997 to 2019. She was a member of the Labour Party until her resignation in October 2019.

Louise was elected as a councillor on the Lancashire County Council in 1970, becoming the Labour group leader in 1977 and leader of the council from 1981 until her election to the House of Commons in 1997. She was Vice-Chair of Lancashire Enterprises and served as Chair of the Transport Select Committee from 2008 to 2017. She was Chair of Labour Friends of Israel and is Honorary President of the Jewish Labour Movement.

She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council. Louise resigned from the Labour Party in October 2019, expressing concern over antisemitism in the Labour Party and a potential Jeremy Corbyn-led government.

If you missed this interview you can see the recording by clicking the link below:

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Has Covid Spiked My Drink?

Sunday, January 17

On Sunday, Robin discussed: “How has the coronavirus pandemic affected the drinks industry?  What were pre-COVID trends and are they still relevant?  What will we be drinking in months and years ahead?”

Robin presented some thoughts and research figures on what’s been happening during the past 12 months in the world of wines, beers, spirits and more …

If you were not able to view the live event, you can view the recording by clicking the link below:

View recording – Has COVID spiked my drink?”

JACS -The Legacy of Anne Frank

Tuesday, January 12


Gillian Perry, MBE discussed how Anne Frank’s insight into human nature and her unwavering messages of hope have influenced many people around the world.

If you missed this meeting, you can view the recording by clicking the link below:

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Meet the Author & Art Historian – Patrick Bade

Tuesday, January 5

On Tuesday, Michael Reik introduced Patrick Bade who will made a presentation on David and Bathsheba, examining six great masterpieces of Western art inspired by the story of David in the Jewish Bible, sculptures of David by Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Bernini and paintings of Bathsheba by Rubens and Rembrandt.

If you were not able to join us for this event, you can view the recording by clicking the following link:

View recording – Patrick Bade

Les Spitz – “Travels With My Camera”

Sunday, January 3

On Sunday, Les Spitz presented : ‘Travels with my Camera’

Les has been a keen photographer since his first Kodak box brownie camera  at the age of 10.  In more recent years he has been an active member of the Pinner Camera Club since its launch in 1986. His main interest is Wildlife and Travel photography.

This presentation, “Travels with my Camera”, covers some of the places Les has visited and photographed including Antarctica, Hudson Bay in Canada, Cape Town, Bali, Buenos Aires and Venice Carnevale.

Les is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and recently received an award for services to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Click here to view the recording of this event

JACS – A Walk Through the Former Jewish Quarter of Berlin

Tuesday, December 29


On Tuesday, Eyal Roth gave a virtual walking tour of Berlin.

We visited the site of the women’s protest in the Rosenstraße, took a look at an old cemetery (1672) where the father of the Jewish enlightenment movement, Mozes Mendelssohn, is buried and had a look at the Neue synagogue (built 1866) with its impressive Morish design complete with pipe organ and mixed choir. Between the sites Eyal wove in the story of Berlin’s Jews during the period of the third Reich.

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, we were not able to record this event, but you can get further information via Eyal’s website: https//

Meet the Rabbi – Alex Dukhovny

Tuesday, December 22

Alan Solomon was in conversation with Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny,  Chief Rabbi of Kyiv and Ukraine of the Progressive Jewish congregations at 2:30 pm

For the last 21 years he has held the position of Chief Rabbi of the Progressive Jewish Congregations in Ukraine.

If you missed the interview you can view the recording by clicking the link below:

View recording: Meet the Rabbi – Alex Dukhovny

Meet the Gemmologist – Menahem Sevdermish

Sunday, December 20

Zooming live from Israel, Menahem gave us an insight into the world of Gemmology. If you missed his fascinating talk, you can see the recording by clicking on the link below.

View recording: Meet the Gemmologist – Menahem Sevdermish