STARTING TODAY! AUGUST 2020 SEMINAR on IDENTITY: From Poland to Polo in Three Generations?
10.00am-4.00pm, Monday–Thursday, 20-23 August
In 1895 Israel Zangwill coined the phrase “the melting pot” referring to the immigration to America where pluralist identity was more acceptable than in Europe. In Europe the most minorities could expect was toleration.
After the Second World War the influx into the UK made London one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Is it working? In a world of political correctness the introduction of identity politics has become central to society and has affected how Jews see themselves.
So what is ‘identity’? Is it something on which to build secure foundations and futures or a quicksand that will drag us down into relativistic uncertainties?
This week will explore the subject from a variety of angles, always returning to the central question – is it good for the Jews!
Click on the following links to book individually:
Day 1 – Monday 20 August, 10am-4.30pm
Do Jews Make Their Own Identity or is it Made For Us?
Session 1: What is Identity?
Session 2: Image of The Jew
Session 3: Interface Between Education & Identity
Session 4: Jewish Identity in a Mixed Marriage - Can You Remain Jewish?
Day 2 – Tuesday 21 August, 10am-4.30pm
Is 'Britain' Good for the Jews?
Session 1: English or British? The Challenge of National Identity for Jews in the UK - Does English or British Identity Serve Jews Best. Part 1
Session 2: Englishness from the Viewpoint of an Englishman
Session 3: Ethnic or British? Should Jews in the UK Embrace Ethnic Identity? Part 2
Session 4: Exotic Strangers: Enemy Aliens
Day 3– Wednesday 22 August, 10am-4.30pm
Identity Requires An Other
1. Are Jews Guilty of Stereotyping - Clive Lawton
2. Jewish Identity in the Modern World - Alex Green (UJS President)
3. From the Outside Looking In – How do Jews look to others?: What Jews Look Like to Me: David Gifford; Adam Ford; Lady Gilda Levy (founder of Women's Interfaith Network - WIN)
4. Should I-/ Can I- Leave My Jewishness Outside the Door? Particularly those working in the Arts.
Day 4– Thursday 23 August, 10am-4.30pm
1. Who Is A Jew; What Is A Jew: What Makes Someone Jewish: Shifting Definitions Through History. Clive Lawton
2. Are we Jewish Through Hitler or Moses? Trudy Gold & Clive Lawton. Key to survival – What is Jewish survival?
3. What Makes Something Jewish? Abigail Morris; Judy Ironside; David Glasser; People Whose Jobs Depend On It Discuss the Challenges.
4.What Is Identity: Melting Pot – Dream or Nightmare. Panel: ” – Cause for Pessimism or Optimism? Helena Miller; Trudy Gold; Clive Lawton
Click on our speakers' names below to read what they say about the issue of Jewish Identity in the Jewish Chronicle: