The British Jewish Community Today – a book and two meetings

September 15, 2010

turbulent-timesTurbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today

Two meetings

1. Britishness, Jewishness and Multiculturalism

Sunday 10th October, 6pm, Friends Meeting House, hosted by the Jewish Community Centre for London

Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley, the authors of Turbulent Times: The British-Jewish Community Today draw on their new book to explain how the Jewish community, which has experienced an explosion of cultural activity as Britain has changed from a mono-cultural to a multicultural society, has sometimes needed to navigate between this cultural renaissance and fears of a new antisemitism as the tense politics of Israel have made being British and Jewish uncomfortable for many.

JCC Café Philo – is a discussion forum in a cafe atmosphere

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street, London NW3 1DR

Price: £8, including coffee and cake

To book: Call 020 7794 5229 or email:

2. You are invited to an event to celebrate the publication of Turbulent Times.

Wednesday 20 October 2010 5:30-7:00 p.m. Brunei Gallery, hosted by the Centre for Jewish Studies at SOAS

Is this the best of times or the worst of times for Anglo-Jewry? What does Anglo-Jewry’s history tell us about multiculturalism? Does the community allow for enough dissent and innovation, or is there so much dissent and innovation that there won’t be a community left?

A panel discussion will explore the themes of the book, and there will be a short drinks reception.


Professor Les Back (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London)
Sara Abramson
(Board of Deputies/London School of Economics)
Professor David Feldman (Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College)
Clive Lawton
Keith Kahn-Harris
(Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, Birkbeck)
Ben Gidley
(Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford)

Venue: Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

Nearest Underground Stations: Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square and Tottenham Court Road. Location details

All are welcome and attendance is free. To help us get an idea of numbers, we would appreciate you letting us know if you intend to come at

This event is supported by Continuum Books and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

Further information:

Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today

Centre for Jewish Studies, SOAS

Article in the JC

Keith Kahn-Harris

Ben Gidley

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