THE STORY OF THE JEWS
(Part I)

CHRISTCHURCH: NORTHWOOD VILLA CLUBROOMS, OFF O’NEILL AVE
SUNDAY, 2PM, 18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Simon Schama presents an epic five-part documentary series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.

Drawing on original scholarship and Sharma’s own family history, this is a story that is at once deeply historical and utterly contemporary, taking viewers on a journey from the biblical past to tomorrow’s front pages.

Travelling the globe from the Middle East to Eastern Europe, from New York and Burlington to Cairo in Jerusalem, the story unfolds with the help of a dazzling cast of historical characters, vivid storytelling, stunning location photography, and encounters with people who live with the passions and perplexities of the Jewish story today.

At the heart of the story of the Jews is a compelling argument about distinctiveness and difference, separation and isolation, tolerance and prejudice, but it is also a celebration of the ways in which Jewish thought, Jewish imagination and Jewish achievement have transformed the world for us all.

In a review for The Daily Telegraph, Neil Midgley described the first episode as a “resounding success”, saying:

“Schama told the story efficiently and evocatively – and deftly picked out stories that would illustrate his overarching thesis about how Judaism managed to survive…In Schama’s view, to be a Jew is to be verbal…By the end of this first episode, Schama had given the title of his programme an intriguing double meaning. Over its four remaining parts, The Story of the Jews promises to be not only a chronological history, but also a common narrative of what unifies and fortifies Jewish people”

Part 1 starts with Creation.

Where:  Northwood Villa Clubrooms, Northwood Villa Cres, off O’Neill Avenue, Northwood, Christchurch.

When:  Sunday November 18, 2pm.

Admission:  A plate of finger food.  Please no seafood or pork products.