Event details

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion on antisemitism with Aaron Benderski and Gary Bloom, chaired by Penny Faust.

Attending this event

Aaron Benderski

Originally from Belarus, Aaron grew up in Ashdod, Israel and has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He Served in the IDF as a combat soldier and an educator.

While studying at university, he worked as a tour guide in the Knesset- The Israeli Parliament.

Aaron also attended an Israeli-Palestinian program called New Story Leadership, through which he interned in the U.S. Congress.
Currently Aaron works as an emissary (Shaliach) of the Jewish agency to the Union of Jewish Students.

Gary Bloom

Gary Bloom is a clinical psychotherapist specialising in sport and adolescents who are finding it difficult to find a place in the world.

He works in a London clinic as well as running a private practice in Oxford.

He is the clinical sports psychotherapist at Oxford United and presents a radio show on talkSPORT called “on the Sporting Couch” – a 50min therapy session with a well-known sports man or woman.

Gary has been a broadcaster for 30 years and began his career as a sports commentator.

Penny Faust

Penny Faust is the former Chair of the Oxford Council of Faiths and currently Chair of the annual Oxford Interfaith Friendship Walk. In 2017 she received the Oxfordshire High Sheriff’s Award in recognition of exceptional services to the community.

She worked as a freelance broadcast journalist and contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and was a member of an independent team supporting school self-evaluation and improvement. For five years she chaired Oxfordshire Children’s Fund managing a multi-agency, voluntary and statutory, approach to preventative work with children aged 5-13 across the county and for fifteen years was Chair of Oxfordshire Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education.

She has held a variety of voluntary posts in the Oxford Jewish Congregation, including two years as President, and eight years as chair of the committee which manages the Oxford Jewish Centre. She was a School Governor for more than 30 years, in both the state and independent sectors, and is a former Chair of the Oxfordshire Federation of PTAs. She currently chairs the Independent Police Advisory Group for Oxford.

She also derives great enjoyment from being a mother and grandmother.

Films screening at this event

Why Do They Hate Us?

original title
Pourquoi nous détestent-ils?
Alexandre Amiel
81 min

Prompted by a series of deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and his son’s query about why Jews were one of the targets, Alexandre Amiel, a French-Moroccan Jewish filmmaker, set out to make a trilogy of films whose aim is to trace the origins of modern xenophobia in France towards Jewish, Arab and Black communities. We are proud to screen the film dedicated to antisemitism – a fascinating if disturbing journey into the dark depth of prejudice as it is experienced by members of the largest Jewish community in Europe.

“An unflinching exploration of racism.” – The Times of Israel


Lukas Nathrath
25 min

15-year-old Oskar loves his new multicultural and interfaith school, but things turn nasty when he mentions his Jewish identity during class. This engaging and brave short tackles new forms of antisemitism head-on.