JULY 2015


THE ISRAEL MUSEUM AT 50

Discover the murky world of people smuggling in Tel Aviv in this issue. Plus Linda Grant discusses the legacy of Saul Bellow, and Jason Solomons speaks to Géza Röhrig, the star of the Cannes hit film Son of Saul. We also tour Portugal to uncover its secret Jewish communities and ancient archaeological finds, with a special piece on the Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. Plus we visit the Jews of Singapore; find out how the art of origami brought Jewish and Palestinian children together; compare kosher wines and read up on Jewish dogs! 

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WHAT'S NEW

We're hooked! Judi Herman reviews the world premiere of unseen Arthur Miller drama The Hook. • Stitch in time A new quilt reveals the stories of the children rescued from the Nazi camps. • Bold up north Max Dunbar tells Gita Conn about exciting new plans for the Manchester Jewish Museum

SPOTLIGHT

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens A horticultural gem in the heart of the city

FEATURES

Asylum City Helga Abraham investigates the world of Tel Aviv's African mingrants, whose stories form the basis of a gripping new crime novel. • The way we were As the Israel Museum turns 50, Angela Levice applauds its anniversary show. Singapore fling This year the island republic celebrates its golden jubilee. Moshe Elias remembers his childhood there among a cast of colourful Jewish residents

PASSPORT

Passage through Portugal An ancient mikvah, hidden communities and magnificent synagogues all charactersie the sometimes stormy history of Jewish Portugal. • The village of secrets Belmonte's Jews concealed their religious identity for centuries. JR meets them and hears their remarkable story. • The English connection Portuguese Jews made a distinctive mark on England. We celebrate that history, with a focus on today's Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Our exclusive three month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and cultural events in the UK and beyond

Family

Life's a beach – even for adults – with JW3's summer programme

Try this!

Agi Erdos bakes challah – and gives it away!

ART

Love and crease Origami is bringing Arabs and Jews together. • Lyons tea girl The work of Eva Frankfurther shines at Ben Uri's centenary show

MUSIC

Summer of klezmer Sophie Solomon picks five klezmer in the Park bands to get you dancing

FILM

Son of Saul Jason Solomons interviews Géza Röhrig, the rabbi turned star of an acclaimed new Holocaust film

DANCE

Hofing it Judi Herman meets Ayelet Nadav, one of Hofesh Shechter's new young team

BOOKS

Saul Bellow at 100. • Cocaine for the brain Novelist Linda Grant assesses the work of Saul Bellow in his centenary year. • Not Jewish – just American Writers Adam Foulds, Adam Thirlwell and Zachary Leader pick their favourite Saul Bellow reads. • A dog's life Judi Herman speaks to Asher Kravitz about his novel The Jewish Dog. • Altar of stupidity? Michael Barry reviews a biography that examines Einstein's relationship to Judaism

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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