Past Events

President of the Board of Deputies Visits Mosaic

Saturday, April 22

Marie van der Zyl, OBE, President of the Board of Deputies visited Mosaic on Shabbat 22nd April.  If you missed her interview with Steve Levinson you can see the recording here.


George Vulkan Platinum Jubilee interview

Monday, June 6

70 years after the event, Mosaic Liberal member George Vulkan reveals his memories of helping with the Queen’s coronation.

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My Good Listen

Sunday, May 15

On Sunday we heard David Pollak and Steve Noble, two Mosaic musicians, talk about their favourite tracks .

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

Sing and hum along to the music if you wish.


Abstract Expressionism : The Shock of the New by Simone Bloom

Sunday, May 8

On Sunday Simone considered the influence of Kandinsky, Picasso and Miro before focussing on the work of Pollock, De Kooning, Frankenthaler, Krasner, Kline and Rothko.

This is an extract from a mural Jackson Pollock made in 1943 for Peggy Guggenheim’s apartment at East 61st Street, New York: painted in a frenzied all-night session under the influence of alcohol – and jazz!

If you missed this event you can view the recording here.

Abstract Expressionism is a visual language which can be both destructive and creative, personal and universal and in the United States it gave expression to the optimism and uncertainty of the post-war world. In Pollock’s words, “Today painters … can work from within. The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating… Painting is self-discovery.” Continue reading

Yom haZikaron and Yom Ha’Atsma’ut

Wednesday, May 4

A service was held on the evening of 4th May to mark Yom haZikaron and to celebrate Yom Ha’Atsma’ut. As part of this service we heard from our guest speaker, Peter Singer, from the Bereaved Families Forum.

If you missed the service you can view the recording here.


For more details on the Bereaved Families Forum, please visit their website:

Katzes of Koln

Tuesday, April 26

On Tuesday we heard a family story compiled by 3rd Generation Tony Bruce relating his ancestral history.

His video narrates their lives and fates from 1920’s Germany, based on many years of research by German Social worker, Michael Vieten, who became interested in the family and the Holocaust.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.


Meet the Author – Leigh Russell

Tuesday, April 12

On Tuesday, Steve Levinson interviewed Leigh Russell.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

Leigh Russell is the author of 27 novels. Best known for her million selling Geraldine Steel crime series, she has also written psychological thrillers, a dystopian novel (written during lockdown), and a historical novel set in the Jewish ghetto of Venice. Details of her books can be found on She is Chair of Judges for the Debut Dagger Award and a Consultant Fellow for the Royal Literary Society.


“My Good Read”

Sunday, April 10

On Sunday we heard more of our prolific Mosaic readers discussing their 2 book choices.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

Meet Rahima Mahmut – UK Director of the World Uyghur Congress

Sunday, April 3

On Sunday, Alex Gerlis interviewed Rahima Mahmut.

Rahima is an Uyghur singer, human rights activist and award-winning translator of the poignant prison memoir The Land Drenched in Tears by Soyungul Chanisheff. She translated the testimonies of survivors during the Uyghur Tribunal, and is a prominent voice for Uyghurs in the UK.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

Rahima’s work includes producing music for the award-winning Al Jazeera documentary ‘Living in the Unknown,’ working as a consultant and translator for the Bafta-winning ITV documentary ‘Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag,’ Channel 4 documentary ‘China: Search for the Missing’ and translator for the BBC documentary ‘China: A New World Order.’ She is currently UK Director of the World Uyghur Congress, Executive Director of Stop Uyghur Genocide, and an Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China

Meet the Celebrity Photographer – Gary Italiaander

Tuesday, March 29


 Gary Italiaander will be showed and talked about images that have influenced his work.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

 Gary Italiaander met Lord Patrick Lichfield, the Queen’s cousin, at the very beginning of his photographic career and he was clearly impressed by the portraits that Italiaander had created. Certainly, Lichfield’s work was of interest to Italiaander as were the portraits of a few others such as Snowdon, Arnold Newman, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and the photographer that most influenced him, Karsh of Ottowa. Gary had the great privilege to meet Yousuf Karsh at his UK retrospective (at the Barbican) in 1988. One of Karsh’s most well-known portraits is of Sir Winston Churchill.
(This photo of Rabbi Lionel Blue was taken by Gary).