GLOBETROTTING with World Jewish Relief
- , 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Discover the history of the Jewish communities of Poland, Georgia, Bosnia and Uganda as we travel around the globe with World Jewish Relief, bringing you expert speakers and fascinating insights into Jewish life in these four countries.
"Contrary to popular belief, Georgia is not always on one’s mind, even though when it comes to the Jews, it should be!
Join us on our second virtual journey to discover the sights, sounds and stories of the Georgian Jewish community, from its origins to the present. This is a chance to discover the largely untold story of a remarkable Jewish community, located in the Caucasus mountains, on the axis dividing Europe and Asia. It is a story that is singular in so many ways, with roots stretching back over 2500 years, and despite invasions by empires from the east and west, Georgian Jewry has largely been unaffected by anti-Semitism.
Renowned and popular guide, Jeremy Leigh will lead the tour and we will be joined by Rebecca Singer who will be in conversation with Lela Tsitsuashvili and Annie Davarshvili from the Georgian National Museum.
Born in London, Jeremy Leigh moved to Israel in 1992. He is currently the director of Israel Studies at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. For the last thirty years, Jeremy has been heavily involved in developing the field of Jewish travel, to sites of Jewish interest around the world. He runs an educational travel project, 'Jewish Journeys' and is the author of a book by the same name (Jewish Journeys, Haus Publ. 2007). Jeremy is an advisor to the 'European Routes of Jewish Heritage' project, under the auspices of the Council of Europe and the AEPJ.
Rebecca Singer was Head of Communications and Community Engagement at World Jewish Relief before joining the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe last year.
She trained as a broadcast journalist, worked at the BBC for more than a decade and continues to work as a producer on BBC Radio 2’s faith segment ‘Pause for Thought’. She travelled to Georgia in 2019 to visit World Jewish Relief’s programmes and partners.
Born in Tbilisi Annie works as a PR and Communications specialist in Georgia’s largest cultural complex – The Georgian National Museum. She also works at the NGO Creative Caucasus where she initiated a project Women Empowerment in South Caucasus. Annie is also a freelance photographer.
Lela is Head of Temporary Exhibitions, at The Georgian National Museum, where she is also Researcher of Jewish Cultural Heritage. As Professor at the University of Georgia she teaches “ Judaism in Art and Jewish Cultural Heritage”. Lela works with major international organizations including Rothschild Foundation, UNESCO, Foundation for Jewish Heritage, Centropa, ESJF, Sefer and Moscow Jewish Museum and Centre of Tolerance.