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Growing Grown Up Jews

Clive LawtonFilmed at JW3 2013

The Jewish world has got itself into an alarming position. Despite its reputation as a community that cares about learning, it seems to have consigned many of its most important features into the bag marked ‘kids’ stuff’. This is not only a terrible piece of mis-selling, it’s also a woefully poor strategy for the future. Time to grow up! My talk explores how we got here and what we should do about it.

A world renowned educator, motivator and lecturer, Clive is co-founder of Limmud (where he continues to support its international expansion) and Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Jewish Council.

Clive holds degrees in Literature, Theatre and Film, Hinduism and Islam, and Management Science. He has been a high school Headmaster and on the faculties of SOAS, the LSJS and Southampton and Surrey Universities. He was Deputy Director of Liverpool LEA, Chair of North Middlesex NHS University Hospital Trust, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, advisor to the Home Office on Race Equality matters and is currently a magistrate on the North London Bench. He broadcasts frequently on BBC radio, was lead columnist for the London Jewish News for over a decade and has published over a dozen books. He was the first to develop school-based Holocaust education in the UK in the 1980s and ‘The Story of the Holocaust’ has been translated into six languages. ‘The Ethics of Six Religious Traditions’ is the definitive text covering the field. For 10 years he was Vice-Chair of the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK and was the first Chair of the development charity Tzedek. He was a founding board member of JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London.

Clive received an OBE in January 2016 for services to education and the Jewish community.

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