Learn Together/Grow Together

Learn Together/Grow Together are short midweek educational courses or stand-alone sessions run by educators from our community or guest speakers. Read on for more information about our sessions into 2021:


'From Eastenders to The Last Kingdom; a Jewish mum of two’s journey in TV making' led by ELELS member Vicki Delow

Thursday January 14th 7.30-8.30pm 

It is well known that there are a lot of Jews in Television and Film.  We can claim some of the biggest stars in directing talent alone:  Harold Ramis, Steven Spielberg, Nancy Meyers… as our own.  However, what is less common, in production anyway, is your ordinary mum of two from Essex…

The reasons for this are many and those close to me know them all too well having put up with my bonkers life for 22 years now.

I’m going to share with you my career to date, the challenges I’ve faced, what my average day on and off set looks like and you can judge for yourself if I’m as bonkers as my life has become...

About Vicki Delow...

Vicki started her career in television as a runner for a documentary tv maker, “Zig Zag”.  She then found her way into drama as a script editor on Family Affairs for Channel Five before joining the script department at Eastenders in 2003 to bring back Dirty Den.  In 2006 she became the script producer on Eastenders overseeing storylines such as "Alfie and Kat - Your Money or your wife" and "Dawn's baby".   She then spent ten years in development at "Life on Mars" and "Broadchurch" creator, “Kudos” before taking on a trainee producer position on “The Tunnel” and assistant producing on “Tin Star”, both for Sky.  She has since produced series three of Humans for Channel Four/ AMC and series four of The Last Kingdom for Netflix.  She is now in pre prep on series two of “World on Fire” for the BBC which will go into production next year.

If interested in joining the list to register your interest, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.


To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, ELELS is partnering with SWESRS to bring the testimony of two Holocaust Survivors who will be talking to us and telling us their stories

Susie Barnett- Tues January 26th 7.30pm

Eva Clarke- Mon February 1st 8.00pm

Both Susie (a member of ELELS) and Eva are winners of the British Empire medal for services to Holocaust education. They will be telling us their stories around Holocaust Memorial Day which is on Wednesday 27th January.

Susie Barnett was born in Nazi Germany in 1938. She was the youngest child of four. Her one brother and two sisters came to England on Kindertransport, although not together but separately, a frightening experience for all refugee children. Her father was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen while she and her mother were left behind in Hamburg, All six managed to make it to England through a series of "miraculous" events, although they never lived together as a family again.

Susie has told her story and educated about the Holocaust to thousands for the Holocaust Education Trust. She tells us her story on Tuesday 26th January.

Eva Clarke was born at the end of the Second World War at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

She will be presenting the extraordinary account of her birth and survival and illuminating the circumstances facing her family through the War. The miracle of her survival has featured on a BBC TV programme in 2013, in numerous articles in the national and Jewish press and was re-told in the book by Wendy Holden, Born Survivors, published in 2015.

Eva has also has spoken to audiences for many years under the umbrella of the  Holocaust Education Trust. She tells us her story on Monday 1st February.

If interested in joining the list to register your interest in these talks, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.

'London Jewry: Jewish blueish plaques'  February  23rd & March 2nd, 7.00- 8.00pm
led by Caryle Webb-Ingall

There are over 1000 English Heritage Blue Plaques in London as well as plaques erected by other organisations commemorating significant individuals and buildings.

In the first session we will look briefly at the history of Blue Plaques and how you can nominate someone, then look at some of those which have a Jewish connection.

In the second session we can look further at English Heritage plaques and people and places commemorated by other organisations; perhaps you have a favourite you'd like Caryle to talk about?

As with all of Caryle's sessions, there will be a powerpoint and some background documents and towards the end of the sessions you'll have the chance to comment and discuss.

Charge for the Course:

Free for ELELS members

£10 for non-members

About Caryle Webb-Ingall...

After a long career in Adult and Community Education in London (Hackney, Waltham Forest and the City) and Essex I retired from full time work over 10 years ago and now teach at Morley College.  I am a fully qualified adult education tutor, with a Diploma in London history,  and my MA was about ‘Lubavitch Women and Adult Education’. I am passionate about London and its history and enjoy both sharing my knowledge and learning from my students.

If interested in joining the list to register your interest, please email Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk.


In order to sign up for these courses and be sent the Zoom links for the course, please contact Sam at administrator@elels.org.uk