CULTURE AND HISTORY FROM AFAR WITH JHSEMINARS
Wednesday, July 15 at 18:00 (6 pm) Israel time: JEWISH LONDON ON LOCATION:
LONDON'S JEWISH JOURNEY PORTRAYED ON THE PAGE AND THE BIG SCREEN, Rachel Kolsky
Engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining Rachel Kolsky is a popular prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
Focusing on the 'human stories behind the buildings' Rachel's talks are known to be fun and informative filled with anecdotes past and present. From off-the-beaten track London and famous personalities to cinemas and shopping, memories of all aspects of London's rich and varied social history come flooding back.
Before embarking on her career as Guide and Lecturer, Rachel, a qualified librarian, worked as an information professional in the financial services industry for over 25 years being recognized at industry level with the Information Professional of the Year award in 2006. Her professional organisation, SLA, awarded her the Membership Achievement Award in 2008.
When not working or guiding she supports her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley, where she was a Trustee for over 20 years. Rachel has published five books including Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016) and Women’s London (2018) and she is thrilled to have been a guest lecturer on cruises since 2009.
Tuesday, July 21 at 18:00 (6 pm) Israel time: ST. PETERSBURG: AN ARCHITECTURAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE CAPITAL OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE, Dr. Vladimir Levin
Dr. Vladimir Levin is the Director of the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Born in St. Petersburg, he holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. He authored From Revolution to War: Jewish Politics in Russia, 1907-1914 (in Hebrew, 2016) and co-edited Synagogues in Lithuania: A Catalogue (2010-2012). In 2017 he co-authored with Sergey Kravtsov the book Synagogue in Ukraine: Volhynia, and currently works on the book of Jewish heritage in Siberia with Anna Berezin. He also published c. 120 articles and essays about social and political aspects of modern Jewish history in Eastern Europe, synagogue architecture and ritual objects, Jewish religious Orthodoxy, Jewish-Muslim relations, Jews and Jewish politics in Lithuania, Russian architecture in the Holy Land, history of East-European Jewish communities etc. Dr. Levin headed numerous research expeditions to documents synagogues and other monuments of Jewish material culture in eastern and central Europe and lead several research projects in the field of Jewish Art, the most important of which is the creation of the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art – the world’s largest digital depository of Jewish heritage (http://cja.huji.ac.il/browser.php).
Monday, July 27 at 18:00 (6 pm) Israel time: A VIRTUAL TOUR AND PERSONAL STORIES OF THE OLD JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD OF MEXICO CITY IN THE EARLY 1900’S, Monica Unikel-Fasja
Monica Unikel-Fasja found her passion in the streets of Historic Mexico City, where Jewish immigrants arrived and lived around a century ago. She has dedicated nearly half of her life to walk around those streets, narrating the testimonies and the stories of Jewish immigrants in the form of guided tours.Monica has also studied and published about the synagogues in Mexico, and she participated in the revitalization of an abandoned synagogue which today she runs as a cultural center. The cultural center, named Nidje Israel, and now known as Historic Synagogue opened in 2010, and since then it has served as an open space for all sorts of Jewish cultural activities and all kinds of people.
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