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Top of the Hill!

ToTH PROGRAMME, 31st January to April 2024


Wednesday 31st January, 2.15 pm at Shul

Simon Smith:

“The story of an English almshouse”

Simon will recount over 1,000 years of almshouse history, up to the present day. He will showcase the many in the local area, plus the best examples in the UK and abroad.

Simon managed an historic alms house charity in Barnet for 15 years and now works part time for The Finchley Charities. He has been made an ambassador for the whole almshouses movement, travelling around the country visiting these iconic institutions with their marvellous architecture and fascinating history.


Wednesday 14th February, 2.15 pm at Shul

 Alec Nacamuli:

“The Jews from Egypt: From Exodus to exodus”

Alec Nacamuli was born in Alexandria which he left in 1956 following the Suez crisis. Retired IT executive. Cofounded the Association Internationale Nebi Daniel dedicated to the preservation. of the Jewish religious and cultural heritage in Egypt, which organised a trip for 180 people in February 2020 to rededicate the Eliahu Hanavi synagogue in Alexandria and hold Shabbat services following restoration by the Ministry of Antiquities. Chair of Sephardi Voices UK, an oral history project recording testimonies of Jews born in the Middle East, North Africa and Iran who resettled in the UK. Volunteer guide at the British Museum (Ancient Egypt, Islam, Money).


Wednesday 28th February, 2.15 pm at Shul

 John Plews:

“From Blackpool to Highgate – A theatrical journey”

John started as a Bluecoat at Pontins, Blackpool.

He worked at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.

He then spent ten years entertaining cruise ship passengers including three years on-board the QE2.

He founded the theatre production company “Ovation” in 1985 and

opened “Upstairs at the Gatehouse”, the theatre in Highgate, in 1997.

The talk (with slides) follows his sixty years in show-business. There will be stories of stars he has  worked with, shows he has produced and directed. There is also a look at many of the shows that he and his wife have staged in Highgate over the past 26 years.


Sunday 17th March, 7.45 pm at Shul

In Conversation with David Aaronovitch

Please join us for an evening in the company of one of the UK’s finest journalists and broadcasters.

Since the 1980s, David Aaronovich’s political commentary has been a constant source of wit and insight on our screens, airwaves and in print. A leading columnist for The Independent, The Guardian and especially The Times for the last 17 years, he has won numerous awards, including the Orwell Prize for Political Journalism.

Tickets are on sale now, you can reserve by clicking here. Please book early, as we already have high demand.


Wednesday 13th March, 2.15 pm at Shul

 Dr Heather Munro:

“Women’s activism and art in Haredi communities in Israel”

Dr Heather Munro is an anthropologist who has conducted extensive research in Israel with the Ultra-Orthodox community. In this talk she will take you inside the women’s-only world of performing arts, to explore how Haredi women are using the arts to criticise certain expectations of Haredi society, and how some artists are becoming active in the budding Haredi Feminist Movement. Heather is currently a lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London.


 Wednesday 27th March, 2.15 pm at Shul

 Professor Jon Silverman:

“UK law and Nazi collaborators: the failure of justice”

Jon Silverman is Emeritus Professor of Media & Criminal Justice at the University of Bedfordshire. He’s a former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent in which role he won the Sony Radio Journalist of the Year award for his coverage of the UK’s investigations into Nazi collaborators. He is the author of four books, including the first British examination of the phenomenon of crack cocaine and the Yardies – ‘Crack of Doom’ (Headline, 1993). Other works are ‘Innocence Betrayed’ (Polity, 2002) about paedophilia, media and society; and ‘Crime, Policy and the Media’ (Routledge, 2012). His latest (co-authored) work is ’Safe Haven’ (OUP, 2023). He reported from both the Rwanda and Yugoslavia tribunals and has written extensively for journals on international war crimes justice, including the relationship between the International Criminal Court and Africa.


 Wednesday 3rd April, 2.15 pm at Shul

 Lord Leslie Turnberg:

(Title to be announced)


Wednesday 10th April

 To be decided. Possibly an outing.