Jewish Speakers' Corner 2018

Come down to our Jewish Speakers' Corner and discover something new about Jewish culture with our stellar line-up of speakers: from talks on Jewish film or Yiddish songs, through personal stories and 'everything you always wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask', to stand-up comedy and commentaries on law.

Big Jewish Summer Fete 2018 - PROGRAMME


13.40 You can't go wrong with jewish jokes

rabbi mendy korer

For any rabbi to be successful at sermons the first rule is joke telling and the second rule is don’t speak for too long. Join our very own Rabbi Mendy for a quick and fun stand-up comedy of some Chelm classics.

Rabbi Mendy Korer is Founder of Chabad Islington & and the Big Jewish Summer Fete. He loves meeting new people in the area and creating a more open and meaningful community.




Sheila has represented Cardiff United Synagogue on the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 2009. She was elected Vice President in 2015, and has just been re-elected as Senior Vice President for the coming triennium.

Born in Cardiff, Sheila now lives in northwest London with her husband Roger, who is a Deputy for St. John’s Wood United Synagogue. They have four daughters and four grandsons who live in Miami, Gibraltar, Paris and Cumbria, where Sheila ran a pub for 15 years.


14.20 The coroner and the cab-rank: who goes first?


Joshua Rozenberg is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. He has written for the Law Society Gazette, the GuardianThe Daily Telegraph, was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years, and presented Radio 4 series Law in Action. Joshua is known for his independence, his authority and his ability to explain complicated legal issues with simplicity, clarity and wit. Because he trained as a lawyer before becoming a legal journalist, he is often the first port of call for broadcasters faced with a breaking legal story.




Michelle Rosenberg joined Magen David Adom UK after her second trek with the charity. A passionate advocate for MDA and now in charge of all its Treks, she is also a women’s historian and published author with Pen & Sword Books.


15.00 My favourite part of shabbat

Yael murray

33. French lived in London for 6 years, initially in Islington and now in Hampstead garden suburb. Works in the City as a broker.



15.20 Stump the Rabbi

rabbi mendy korer

Something like Prime Minister's Question Time, you’ve got 20 minutes to ask the rabbi any questions about Judaism. Any question he can’t answer you get a prize!


15.40 TBC


16.00 what makes a jewish film jewish?

julia wagner

Julia Wagner is film expert, lecturer, writer and public speaker. She holds a PhD in Film Studies from UCL. Her film reviews are published in the Jewish Quarterly journal and her blog on film and memory is published on the Huffington Post UK. She has written about film for the BFI and the Jewish Chronicle.



adrian cohen

Adrian Cohen is a partner in the banking and finance practice of Clifford Chance LLP. His expertise includes law reform in emerging markets and has advised a number of Governments. Adrian is also Chair of the London Jewish Forum and lay Chair of Labour Friends of Israel. He is deputy for Highgate Synagogue on the Board of Deputies of British Jews.