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Why the Jews? + Panel disussion

Modesty may be a virtue but the stats don’t lie: a whopping 30% of Nobel science prizes since the Second World War have been won by Jews, and don’t get us started on Jewish accomplishments in literature, film and art (we have left out sport for obvious reasons). This fascinating documentary turns to Jewish luminaries, including Howard Jacobson, Shimon Peres, Alan Dershowitz and former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, to find out the reasons for Jewish brilliance. A lively debate is guaranteed.

Event details

This screening will be preceded by the short film 100 Faces (Dir Benjamin Till/GB 2018/13 mins) and will be followed by a panel discussion with Benjamin Till and Joy Wolfe chaired by Emeritus Professor Charles Galasko.

Benjamin Till is a BAFTA-nominated composer and filmmaker. He is best known for his pioneering work in the field of documentary musicals. He is the writer/conceiver of – and one of the grooms on – Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, one of Channel 4’s most successful ever broadcasts. The show won several awards, including a Grierson, and was nominated for a further ten major awards. Till is also a composer of stage musicals and has released five albums of music.

Joy Wolfe MBE JP is very active in the local and UK Jewish community. She is president of StandWithUs UK which empowers students to challenge antisemitic and anti Israel activity on campuses. She is Life President of Manchester Zionist Central and of Manchester  WIZO, and a Jewish Representative Council delegate. She is a school governor and a governor of Langdon special needs College.  She is a founder of Stockport MS Society.

Emeritus Professor Charles Galasko had a distinguished career. He was President of the British Orthopaedic Association, President of the International Orthopaedic Research Society, Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Higher Surgical Training(UK & Ireland). His work has saved 1000s of lives & improved the quality of many more. He was instrumental in the creation of the new specialty of Sport & Exercise Medicine & was elected inaugural President of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine.