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‘That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority’ with Leon Rosselson:

Singer-songwriter and children’s author Leon Rosselson reads from his pamphlet That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority and performs songs questioning what it means to be Jewish.

Housmans are proud to welcome singer-songwriter and children’s author Leon Rosselson who will be reading from his pamphlet That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority. This essay was origninally presented as the 2015 annual Yerushah Lecture in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge. The lecture was established with a benefaction from the Righteous Persons Foundation, created by Steven Spielberg from the proceeds of his 1993 film Schindler’s List. ‘Yerushah’ is the Hebrew word for ‘heritage’. The Yerushah Lecture is devoted to Jewish heritage in all its aspects, with an emphasis on the transmission of Jewish identity and values across the generations. Rosselson will incorporate songs into his reading at Housmans, questioning what it means to be Jewish. Rosselson says "For my parents and grandparents, Jewish identity, in religion, culture and language, was a given. Not so for me. I'm not religious, not a Zionist, so in what consists my Jewishness? Is a love of chopped liver and a belief that chicken soup cures all ills enough? And does it matter? This is the story of my search for answers. It is an argument with myself, with song lyrics to embellish the argument."

Leon Rosselon is an acclaimed singer and songwriter with more than 50 years of performing under his belt and the author of 17 children's books.


Leon Rosselson | talks


Date and Time:

1 June 2016 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



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