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Tree of Knowledge 2018

Expand Your Mind: Adult Learning at Eden

We are delighted to have another chance for our community of friends, relatives and neighbours to teach and learn from each other.

Eden Primary is a Jewish school where everyone is welcome. It is a vibrant, growing, multi-talented community of families from across the spectrum of Jewish and non-Jewish culture. But Eden was created to be more than a primary school.

We are a community, a living place for everyone to enjoy; a place for sharing ideas, knowledge and skills.

Over four Wednesday evenings this Summer, we invite you to come and learn about a fascinating variety of subjects from our talented team of presenters, which include renowned educators and leaders in their respective fields.

The programme is taking place on Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June from 8-10pm, at Eden Primary.

Tickets are £12 per night for a double session (or £7.50 for single session) and include refreshments. Money raised will provide IT equipment for the school.


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Week 1 – Wednesday 6th June

Truth in the age of tweets and trolls: Being an opinion journalist in the digital age with Hugo Rifkind and Sathnam Sanghera

Hugo Rifkind is a leader writer for The Times, where he also writes columns, features, reviews and satire. He is also a contributing editor for GQ. As a broadcaster, he is a regular panellist on the BBC and an occasional guest on the Daily Politics, Question Time and Daybreak. His first novel, Overexposure, was published in 2006 and a collection of his satirical columns, My Weeks, was published in 2013. He has a degree in Philosophy from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning columnist and feature writer for The Times. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material, the former being adapted by BBC Drama in 2017 and named Mind Book of the Year in 2009. He has won numerous prizes for his journalism, including Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2002 and Media Commentator of the year in the 2015 Comment Awards.

Come and hear old friends Sathnam and Hugo discuss journalism, politics and whatever else springs to mind.

20:00 – 20:45

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London's limp to the left: scrutinising the implications of the local elections with Jonny Popper

Despite not taking some flagship boroughs, Labour continued to make gains across most of London and the Party holds 21 of London’s 32 local authorities – it’s joint highest ever. Meanwhile in Barnet the swing went the other way, for obvious reasons. In Haringey, Momentum now control its first borough. What do the results mean for Londoners and what do they mean for the parties nationally?

Jonny Popper, MD of London Communications Agency, will discuss the implications of these elections at this crucial political stand-off, before opening it out for a general good old political gossip!

21:15 – 22:00

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Interiors surgery with Julia Alexander and Tammy Broido

Pick the brains of two experienced designers – double the advice.

Julia and Tamara have joined forces to form design company Alex & Bro (www.alexandbro.com). They are united in their passion for mixing old and new and making design accessible to all.

You can bring your design dilemmas: room layouts, fabric, paint, material or other samples, photos of your room, photos of your design challenges, styling shelves, coffee tables, sideboards or photos of a particular piece you don’t know what to do with, Images you love – how to achieve the look in your home.

20:00 – 20:45

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Sharing Eden: Is religion bad for the environment? with Rabbi Natan Levy

Sure, the Pope has written a booklet on climate change, yet in America, more Christians attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the biblical “end times” than to climate change. Many hundreds of rabbis and Jewish leaders have signed the Sabbatical Year Global Eco-Covenant, and yet 43% of Jewish respondents worldwide say they are unconcerned with global warming. So, what’s going on? This enlightening session will explore environmental texts from Torah, New Testament, and the Quaran, and ask: Are the Abrahamic religions good for the Earth?

Rabbi Natan is Head of Operations at Faiths Forum for London and lecturer at Leo Baeck College. He is the co-author of “Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims.” and was environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Natan is pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University, where he was previously chaplain

20:00 – 22:00

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What's wrong with the normal? with Chrisanthi Ligani

Chrysanthi Nigianni is a lecturer in psycho-social studies at Goldsmiths University London. She has written extensively on the topics of ethics, aesthetics, politics and the body. Her talk will look at the notions of the ‘normal’ and ‘not normal’: what does it mean to be normal? How has the notion of the ‘normal’ arisen? What is the role that key institutions – like family and school – play in reproducing normalcy and how does it impact us?

This discussion will use media, social media and film clips, concluding with the question: how normal is the wish to be normal?

20:00 – 22:00

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Week 2 – Wednesday 13th June

The legend that is Claudia Roden with Claudia Roden in conversation with Michael Leventhal

Claudia Roden was born in Egypt. She came to London in the fifties and studied art at St. Martin’s. Drawn to the subject of food at first through a desire to evoke her own lost heritage, she continued to write about the cooking of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy and Spain and on Jewish food. The publication of A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968 is said to have revolutionised Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa.

Claudia will be interviewed about her life and work by publisher Michael Leventhal.

20:00 – 20:45

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Beating our addiction to sugar with Laura Southern

Laura Southern is the director of London Food Therapy (www.londonfoodtherapy.com) . Her interest in nutritional therapy started after seeing its exceptional results first hand. She tried everything to combat a long-term eczema condition and the only treatment that had a positive effect was nutritional therapy. She has broad experience of nutrition but specialises in nutrition for ante and postnatal care, breastfeeding support, and weaning to minimise food allergies. She writes and broadcasts about nutrition and is passionate about low sugar diets, for adults and children.

Laura will talk about our relationship with sugar and the challenge of living with less of it.

21:15 – 22:00

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Art in the woods with Laura Fox

Eden’s artist in residence Laura is back by popular demand with her trademark practical session on The woods in summer – drawing and painting. Laura invites you to spend the evening in Coldfall Woods, opposite Eden Primary, making observational paintings and drawings. Using a variety of medium and tools, there will be opportunities to experiment with scale and techniques. No artistic experience or talent required. To keep you going, cakes and refreshments will be provided.

20:00 – dusk

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Holding on and letting go: Understanding our relationships with material things with Juliet Landau-Pope

Juliet Landau-Pope is a certified coach, professional organiser, educational consultant and author of 2 books: Being More Productive and Clearing Your Clutter. An Oxford graduate, she taught social sciences at the Open University for 14 years and has run her consultancy JLPCoach (www.jlpcoach.com) since 2008. Juliet coaches individuals and runs workshops in corporate and community settings to promote organising and time management skills.

In this session Juliet explores the meanings that we attach to personal belongings and the reasons for holding onto them. She also outlines practical strategies and motivational tips to help you declutter your home and your head.

20:00 – 22:00

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Beyond the two state solution: challenges and hopes with Rabbi David Mason and Hagar Kotef

Rabbi David Mason is Rabbi at Muswell Hill United Synagogue, an Exec member of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue. He has recently completed a Masters in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies. Hagar Kotef is a senior lecturer of political theory at the department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London and the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom.

Together, in a facilitated session, they will discuss the future of a two-state solution. What are the challenges—if not impasses—it faces? Is it the only option for peace in Israel/Palestine? And are there viable alternatives in case it fails? Join an academic and a rabbi as we grapple with the reality beyond the two-state solution.

20:00 – 22:00

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Week 3 – Wednesday 20th June

Summer Salads with Chris Honor

Chriskitch (www.chriskitch.com), started by Chris Honor, is a Muswell Hill institution. Chris has worked all over the world with a range of world-class chefs during his diverse career – including Gordon Ramsay, David Nicolas, Chris Janson and Henry Brosi. Using his Australian upbringing, classical French training and worldwide experiences, Chris creates fantastically flavourful food that has delighted customers and critics alike.

Chris will be demonstrating some gorgeous summer salads which you can make at home.Chriskitch is all about Great Food, preparing, eating and sharing it!
20:00 – 22:00

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Art in the woods with Laura Fox

Eden’s artist in residence Laura is back by popular demand with her trademark practical session on The woods in summer – drawing and painting. Laura invites you to spend the evening in Coldfall Woods, opposite Eden Primary, making observational paintings and drawings. Using a variety of medium and tools, there will be opportunities to experiment with scale and techniques. No artistic experience or talent required. To keep you going, cakes and refreshments will be provided.

20:00 – dusk

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Mindfulness for busy people with Jo Kaye

The Breathe Academy (www.thebreatheacademy.co.uk) is run by Jo Kaye, a mindfulness teacher. She teaches meditation and mindfulness courses with the intention of providing you with the skills you need to enjoy the ‘here and now,’ so you can begin to live a more fulfilled, balanced and joyful life. Research also shows that meditation and mindfulness can be a successful route to de-stress, even for the busiest of people.

Come along to this session and find out how mindfulness can work for you.

20:00 – 22:00

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Canvey - The Promised Island followed by Q&A with Stephen Brown

Stephen has worked in the film and TV industry for over 35 years. Starting as a runner in Paris, he then worked as an assistant director, eventually achieving his aim to direct after studying film at Goldsmiths in the 80s. His feature film adaptation of John Banville’s novel, The Sea, was released in 2014 and shone all too briefly on the festival and arthouse circuit. While still dreaming of feature films, he’s collaborating on documentaries while studying psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy.

His film, Canvey: The Promised Land documents the Charedi community’s large-scale move to Canvey Island and the response of both communities. After the film is screened, there will be a q&a and discussion on some the issues raised.

20:00 – 22:00

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Week 4 – Wednesday 27th June

Denial in the post-truth era with Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a writer, sociologist, lecturer, and music critic. He is an honorary research fellow and associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, an associate fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and a lecturer at Leo Baeck College. He is a regular reviewer for numerous scholarly journals and is the author of Judaism: All That Matters, Turbulent Times: The Jewish Community Today (with Ben Gidley) and Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge.

In his forthcoming book ‘Denial: The Unspeakable Desire’, Dr Keith Kahn-Harris explores the history of denialism and explains why it became ‘necessary’ in the first place. He also argues that we may be witnessing the emergence of something even more sinister – what he calls ‘post-denialism’.

20:00 – 20:45

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Is there a way forward for the Left with antisemitism? with Keith Kahn-Harris and Dave Rich

Following on from Keith Kahn-Harris’ talk he joins academic Dave Rich to discuss anti-semitism within British politics. Dave Rich is Head of Policy for the Community Security Trust and an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He is author of ‘The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism’, and writes regularly on anti-semitism, anti-Zionism and extremism for newspapers and journals in the UK and overseas.

The two will look at the controversy over anti-semitism in the Labour Party and will consider the way forward.

21:15–22:00

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Healthy cooking demo from Zena Food with Michelle Frost

Michelle Frost has a passion for food and cooking, which led her to study nutrition. She aims to help people develop a healthy mind-body relationship with food. She has a hugely successful blog Zena-Food (www.zena-food.com) which focuses recipes that are quick, easy, nutritious and hopefully delicious. She studied art and co-owns an art consultancy business so takes food presentation seriously too.

Michelle will give a demo of her healthy nutritious food.

20:00 – 22:00

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The inside story in documentary making with Dov Freedman in conversation with Warren Lustig

Ever wondered how to make a documentary about ordinary Brits trying to survive on a desert Island (The Island with Bear Grylls) or tell the story of comedian dealing with his father’s dementia (David Baddiel: The Troube with Dad). The exploration of real-life in documentaries and factual programming shows that truth is just as compelling as fiction, but what does it take to bring these stories to the screen?

Dov Freedman, the awared-winning Exec Producer behind these two and other acclaimed documentaries, in conversation with comedian and performer Warren Lustig, discusses his experience and shares the tricks, complexities and challenges of making documentaries.

20:00 – 22:00

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Supporting kids in the modern world with Vikki Mattison

Exploring how we can support our kids with self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, behavior that challenges, worry and anything else we’d like to discuss. Victoria Mattison is a Clinical Psychologist, who has been working with children and young people in Islington community children and adolescent mental health services for the past fifteen years and before that with families and schools in Tower Hamlets. She has particular passions for early intervention with parents.

Contact via Twitter to ask for a topic in advance. Questions on the evening welcome.

20:00 – 22:00

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