When: 16/06/2010
Where: Spiro Ark Centre
Time: 19.30
Price: £10 (+£1 online booking fee)
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How different are Moroccan-Jewish women from their mothers and grandmothers, and how do they differ from their Muslim counterparts? What are the antagonisms between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews?

Sarah Lévy, born of an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother and raised in Morocco until her family moved to France when she was 17, is the main character in Baisse les yeux, Sarah, an autobiographical novel by Paule Darmon (1980). In what promises to be a fascinating lecture, Professor Lucille Cairns will examine what it means to be a North African Jewish woman as reflected in the writings of Paule Darmon and other Jewish authors.

Lucille is a Professor in the French Department, School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University. She has published numerous books, articles and chapters in books, most recently on Jewish women writers in French. Her next book, to be published by Legenda in early 2011, is entitled "Post-War Jewish Women's Writing in French".


  • Central Synagogue - 36, Hallam St, London W1W 6NW - easily reached by public transport - Centre, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines
  • HGSS - Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE - East Finchley Underground Station- Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, buses 102, H2
  • Liberal Jewish Synagogue - 28 St. John's Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA - St John's Wood Underground Jubilee Line, buses: 13, 82, 46, 113, 139, 187, 189, 274
  • Tikun - 1117 Finchley Rd, Temple Fortune, NW11 0QB - Golders Green Underground, Northern Line, busses: 82, 102, 460
  • The Spiro Ark at Hampstead Shtiebel - 10a Canfield Gardens, London NW6 3JS - one minute behind Finchley Road Underground Station Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines and Waitrose, busses 13, 82, 113, 187, 268
  • The Spiro Residence - Kidderpore Avenue - NW3 - Finchley Road Underground Station, busses 13 82, 113


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