The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Noted historian, author and critic Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day in this new five-part series.

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Simon Schama begins his exploration of the Jewish story at the start, 3,000 years ago and travels through time to learn, for example, how the Enlightenment allowed Jews to integrate into modern European culture and commerce and how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have changed what it means to be Jewish.

Episode One: In the Beginning

Episode One: In the Beginning

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

A history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago.

60 min.

Episode Two: Among Believers

Episode Two: Among Believers

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

The medieval era, when Jews struggled.

60 min.

Episode Three: A Leap of Faith

Episode Three: A Leap of Faith

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated.

60 min.

Episode Four: Over the Rainbow

Episode Four: Over the Rainbow

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl.

60 min.

Episode Five: Return

Episode Five: Return

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes.

60 min.

The Story of the Jews: Preview

The Story of the Jews: Preview

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

Simon Schama begins his exploration of the Jewish story at the start, 3,000 years ago. Pictured: Iraq-el Amir, Jordan.

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