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Audio: All About Sephardi London


A report from the oldest continually functioning Synagogue in Europe. And: A political comment.
7/26/2009, 10:33 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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The oldest Synagogue in Europe that held Services uninterrupted since 1701 is ‘Bevis Marks’ in London. This Bastion of Sephardi culture with its resplendent antique furnishings and decorations survived World War II unscathed, despite being situated in a premier target area for German bombs and rockets. It suffered however incidental damage from the terror assaults of the IRA. Join Walter in the tour given by the Shamash and curator Maurice Bitton and hear the magnificent Sephardi liturgical renditions by their Choir. Also: A political comment about the European Policy Chief Javier Solana.


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Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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