M Shed – Sunday 22 April 10:30am – 4:30pm
Journey of the Heart

An event organised by M-Shed, with Salaam Shalom running some activities.

‘Come and learn about Bristol*s Muslims through hands on fun,
creativity and exploration for all ages. Bristol*s Muslim community
in collaboration with M Shed are hosting a one-day event with a range of
activities for all ages including arts and crafts, opportunities to ask
questions, tasty nibbles and Islamic objects and short films. Take a
tour of what shapes the hearts of British Muslims: belief, prayer,
fasting, charity and Hajj (the sacred journey to Mecca) and record your
own messages about special journeys made in Bristol or throughout the
world. Make connections and enjoy free entry. All welcome and family

David Goldberg
This is Not the Way: Jews, Judaism and the State of Israel

Watershed, Bristol 24 April 2012 19.30-20.30
£7.00/ £6.00

Salaam Shalom will be interviewing David Goldberg so look out for a Podcast following his talk!

Few subjects invoke such passion as the history and current situation of Jews in Western societies. David Goldberg, a progressive rabbi with many years’ experience of dealing with other faiths and other Jews, takes the most difficult issues of this fraught relationship and confronts them head on. Forthright, challenging and witty, his presentation and new book will spark debate and criticism in equal measure. Rabbi Dr David J Goldberg OBE is minister emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London. He is the author and editor of several books, including Aspects of Liberal Judaism (2004), The Divided Self: Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today (2006) and This is Not the Way: Jews, Judaism and the State of Israel (2012). Visit his website at

To book a place go to: Price: £7.00 / £6.00. Contact Watershed, Bristol on: 0117 927 5100, book online, or visit in person.


Tuesday 24th April 7.30
Nathan Abrams • Senior Lecturer • Bangor University

Jewish film characters have existed almost as long as the medium itself. But around 1990, films about Jews and their representation in cinema multiplied and took on new forms, marking a radical rupture with the past. With a new generation of Jewish filmmakers, writers and actors at work, contemporary cinemas in Hollywood and the rest of the world have been depicting a multiplicity of new Jews, including tough Jews, brutish Jews, gay and lesbian Jews, Jewish cowboys, skinheads and superheroes, Jews in space and so on. In this illustrated talk, Nathan explores these new and changing depictions of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism, providing a wider, more representative picture of the subject than has hitherto been attempted.

Dr. Nathan Abrams was educated at Oxford and Birmingham Universities. He has taught in London, Southampton and Aberdeen. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University in North Wales, where he lives. His most recent publications are Jews & Sex (2008) and The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (2012).

Tickets £3 DAVAR members and concessions • £5 non-members
School of Social and Community Medicine • 39 Whatley Road • Bristol BS8 2PS – Parking is available in the car park behind the building (Wheelchair access is also available)


The Woolf Institute (Cambridge), in partnership with the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, is delighted to announce that following a successful first year, the e-learning programme, Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter, will be offered again in 2012.

This 15-week e-learning course will explore the history, culture and theology of Muslims and Jews, reflecting on similarities and differences as well as the major challenges. Assisted by leading scholars in the US and Europe with a wealth of experience in this field, the course will also offer strategies for building bridges between the communities.

Because this course is committed to the highest levels of scholarly integrity, it will provide a space for the discussion of the entire range, in the broadest sense, of the Jewish-Muslim encounter. This discussion does not preclude more controversial issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the course starting week commencing 27 August 2012. (The deadline for applications is 6 August 2012.)

The normal course fee for the American University award is £2500 but Woolf Institute students will be able to apply either for one of the 5 full scholarships or 5 bursaries (resulting in a reduction of fees to £450 each).

For more details of the course, together with the application form, visit the website

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