Shalom Sussex Symposium – Jewish people in Sussex in WWI

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is hosting a one day symposium for the Shalom Sussex – Jewish People in WWI project on 10th December 2-7pm. 

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This event is free to attend.

Speakers include – Dr Gideon Reuveni – Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, and Professor Mark Connelly a specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s.

Event timings:

2.15pm: Shalom Sussex Project Manager introduction

2.30pm: Dr Gideon Reuveni – Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies discusses his new co-edited book and the wider topic of The Jewish Experience of the First World War

3.30pm: Professor Mark Connelly – Director of Gateways to the First World War and specialist in Jewish memorialisation post-WWI and Jewish veterans in the 1920s

4.30pm: Shalom Sussex project findings with Dr Diana Wilkins and researchers

5.30pm: Drinks and light festive buffet.

7pm: End

The symposium takes place at Room 105, University of Brighton, 154-155 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JG


Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC, in partnership with the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, Jewish Care and the Jewish Historical Society of England is facilitating this project Shalom Sussex – The Jewish Community in WWI.

The project focusses on the contribution Jewish people in Sussex made during the First World War – both on the home-front and abroad on the battlefield.

To mark the end of the Centenary of the First World War, between March 2019-March 2020, this project is enabling people in Sussex to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the Jewish people who lived locally during and post the First World War to collect these hidden histories.

Jewish people have been in Sussex since the 1700s, and the contribution in WWI made by Jews to the area has been significant.


This project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund through a First World War – Then and Now grant.

Thanks to National Lottery players for their charitable support to help deliver this project.

Supported by Gateways to the First World War

Date And Time

Tue, December 10, 2019

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT

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University of Brighton

Room 105, 154-155 Edward St

Brighton. BN2 0JG

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Strike a Light is a Brighton and Hove based arts and heritage organisation which focuses on people’s life stories and local memories to engage a wide range of groups and individuals in creative and heritage activities, encouraging engagement and outreach as well as involving memories and archive material and workshops; making art to transform public and private spaces.

As a skilled and professional organisation with a team of independent associates, we offer a varied team to deliver projects, activities and support for heritage venues, arts organisations, archives, educational settings and local authorities.

We do this through funded activities, reminiscence and oral history, hidden heritage, mosaic and crafts as well as more strategically with: Audience development planning, access, audience development, evaluations, learning plans and schools engagement.