JANUARY 2015


LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Enjoy Yom Kippur in Tehran, read Amy Guttman’s investigations into the close-knit world of Persian Jews, and find out why they have no plans to desert their homeland. Gloria Tessler speaks to one man who lived through the turbulence of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Roshan McArthur interviews a wave of Tehrangelians who are creating waves in their adopted city of LA. Plus we inspect a controversial show about circumcision, explore the life of writer Franz Werfel and consider the legacy of Leonard Bernstein.

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WHAT'S NEW

Two steps forward As gay marriage is embraced by many sectors of Judaism, we evaluate how far LGBT Jews have come over the last few decades? • After the wall What did the fall of the Berlin wall mean for Germany's Jews? • JR Interview Judi Herman speaks to Swedish author Göran Rosenberg about life after Auschwitz

SPOTLIGHT

Shmita Agi Erdos finds this ancient law is fast becoming the hippest commandment

NUREMBERG: THE LEGACY

Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands tells Rebecca Taylor why the Trials forever changed the way we regard our leaders

LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

We celebrate the highs – and lows – of love, beginning with our striking cover, a work by artist Rona Yefman who was born in Israel and now lives in New York. We're also embracing online love, a cooking class for singles, vintage glamour and romance in later years.....

PASSPORT

Yom Kippur in Tehran In an exclusive report from Iran, Amy Guttman investigates the close-knit world of Persian Jews – and finds out why they have no plans to desert their homeland just yet. • Children of the Revolution What was it like to grow up during the 1979 Iranian revolution? Gloria Tessler interviews one man who lived through the turbulence. • From Tehran to LA Roshan McArthur speaks to the new wave of Tehrangelians who are creating waves in their adopted city

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Listings Our exclusive three month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and cultural events in the UK and beyond. • Family PJ Library is coming to the UK! Find out all about this exciting new book venture

TRY THIS!

Date on a Plate Agi Erdos reports back from a class that aims to bring singles together as they brush up on their cooking skills

ART

Happy Birthday, Ben Uri! We begin a celebratory stroll through the gallery's collection. • Ouch! Jonah Goodman reviews a show on circumcision that is creating controversy in Berlin

THEATRE

Werfel's grand tour Franz Werfel is a largely forgotten writer. Judi Herman explores his life – and enjoys his musical revival. • Love calls Judi Herman interviews the stars of award-winning drama Mush and Me

COMEDY

The 2000 Year Old Man Mel Brook's and Carl Reiner's legendary double act has been re-created for a 21st century audience. Judi Herman meets the latest 2000 Year Old Man

MUSIC

Strings of the heart Janet Levin is dazzled by violinist Irmina Trynkos. • Limber up Danielle Goldstein uncovers the music of folk music heroTcha Limberger

BOOKS

Jewish Book Week: JR's pick of the best events. • ’Toon Time We review the new book by Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, and admire more cartoons in Hilarious Hebrew. • East side story David Herman considers the legacy of Leonard Bernstein in a new biography

FOOD

Life is sweet Naomi Berry visits (and revisits) Honey & Co

LAST WORDS

Saucy songs Vivi Lachs enjoys some lusty Yiddish music hall

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