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Book purchase and events: "Candles, Conversions and Class"

‘Candles, Conversions and Class: five generations of a Scottish Jewish family’ by Fiona Frank, is published by the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre on 3rd February 2019. Various 'meet the author' events are being organised around the UK during 2019. See below for details. To order a book click on 'book now'. 

Rabbi Zvi David and Sophia Hoppenstein arrived in Edinburgh in the 1880s, and had nine children. Fiona Frank tracked down and interviewed their descendents throughout Scotland, England and as far as Cape Town, as part of her PhD research at the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde.
“This book is an important addition to the increasing literature on the history of the Jews in Scotland. Through the five generations studied every aspect of the Jewish experience in Scotland, integration and assimilation, Scottish and Jewish cultural identities, religious practice and secularisation, comes to vivid life." - Kenneth Collins, Chair of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
..."the highest level of scholarship, grounded in theory and written with love and respect for this very interesting extended family.  I believe this book will serve as a catalyst for many more books to be written using this unique methodology to shine a bright light upon many families and groups."  - Professor Joe Goldblatt, Queen Margaret University.
You can buy the book on this page (click on 'book now' above).  The book is also available for purchase from the publisher, Scottish Jewish Archives Centre ( 
Meet the author events coming up in Glasgow (Tuesday 14 May, 6 pm at the Mitchell Library in partnership with SCoJeC, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre,  book here) , St Annes on Sea (Sunday 19  June at 2.30 pm, email for venue),  and Inverness (Sunday 23 June, 2 p.m., with Ellen Galford. Book here . The Glasgow event is in partnership with SCoJeC, the Scottish council of Jewish Communities and the publishers the SJAC: the Inverness  event is part of Refugee Festival Scotland and is sponsored by SCoJeC). 
(Details of Glasgow Lancaster & London launches which took place in February 2019 are below)
Glasgow launch 
Sunday 3rd February, 6.30 p.m., Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
during the last week of the exhibition of the art of Hannah Frank (1908-2008). Speakers: Kenneth Collins, Chair of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, and writer/broadcaster Billy Kay, Professor Emeritus Eileen Yeo, Ivor Kallin (a member of the Hoppenstein family) and Fiona Frank.Klezmer music was provided by Glasgow's The Bunch of Klezmer with guest Simon Carlyle. A Kosher Buffet was sponsored by SCoJeC, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.
Lancaster launch and Meet the Author event.  Wednesday 13th February, Lancaster University - Fiona Frank in conversation with Janet Ross-Mills as part of the Continuing Learning Group lunchtime lecture series.   
London launch and Meet the Author event
Monday 8 April at 6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. at the Ben Uri Gallery, 108A Boundary Rd, London NW8 0RH

  with Klezmer music by Steve Levi-Kallin, Josh Middleton and Ivor Kallin, with an introduction by Rachel Dixon Senior Curator at the Ben Uri Gallery, and input from Fiona Frank, Ivor Kallin, David Stone and Barbara Herts. 

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