Sarit Yishai-Levi and Gerald Jacobs: Powerful Love Stories
Chair: Julia Neuberger
Sarit Yishai-Levi’s dazzling The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a bestselling novel of stories told and untold, following four generations of a Jerusalem Sephardi family through times of dramatic change. Gerald Jacobs’ Nine Love Letters, based on true events, is the tale of two families who flee their homes in Baghdad and Budapest to seek safety in England. As they deal with the challenges, upheavals and horrors of the Holocaust, their fates become intertwined after an unlikely twist of fate. The authors discuss their books with Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger.
Gerald Jacobs is literary editor of The Jewish Chronicle and has contributed to most major UK publications. He wrote the first authorised biography of Judi Dench and the bestselling Sacred Games.
Sarit Yishai-Levi, a journalist and author, was born in Jerusalem in 1947 to a Sephardic family that has lived in the city for seven generations. Her first novel, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, a bestseller in Israel, received the Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes and the Steimatzky Prize for best-selling book of the year. It is being made into a feature film.
Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.