OCTOBER 2014


THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

Why have South African Jews who emigrated to Britain had such a big impact on British society? Read about our investigation. Denis Herbstein shares the story of the London-based Defence & Aid Fund, which helped save many ANC members from the gallows; while Janet Suzman, David Lan, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and others tell us how their South African origin have influenced their lives. Plus, our Scottish readers tell us why they’re breathing easier following the vote on independence, Angela Levine reopens the questions behind Rembrandt’s Jewish works, Andrew Pulver reports on an Israeli football photo project, and much more.

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WHAT'S NEW

No! Thanks! JR's Scottish readers tell us why they are breathing easier since the vote on independence. • Is bigger better? Janet Levin examines the recent merger of London's JW3 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre. • Rembrandt Mystery Angela Levine reopens the questions behind the painter's Jewish works. • Best shot Andrew Pulver reports on an Israeli football photo project. • JR Interview Judi Herman speaks to Lloyd Dorfman, the man behind the National Theatre's new space

SPOTLIGHT

Mitzvah Day It's not about the money, finds Rebecca Taylor as she explores this charity drive

ISRAEL UNDER THE LENS

This Place For his latest show photographer Frédéric Brenner asked acclaimed photographers to explore Israel in all its complexities. He tells Rebecca Schischa why the results are more pertinent now than ever

THE FUTURE IS JEWISH....

Dystopiasn sci-fi As Howard Jacobson's J gets Man Booker scrutiny, Ben Crowne asks why Jewish writers are drawn to writing about the future

PASSPORT: BRITAIN'S SOUTH AFRICANS

Why have South African Jews who emigrated to Britain had such a big impact on British society? Janet Levin investigates. • Secret service Denis Herbstein tells the story of the London-based Defence & Aid Fund, which helped save many ANC members from the gallows. • What I brought with me Janet Suzman, David Lan, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and others, tell us how their South African origin has influenced their lives

WHAT'S HAPPENING

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

Family

We review The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming on our new family page

TRY THIS!

Life drawing Rebecca Taylor leaves her nerves at the door and joins a drawing class that places the emphasis on capturing the energy of the human body

FILM

UK Jewish Film Festival With dozens of films from over 20 countries on offer, the big problem is choosing what to see. Luckily, JR's writers have reviewed some of the best to help you

COMEDY

Laugh out loud We meet the comics at the UK's first ever Jewish Comedy Festival at JW3

MUSIC

Choirboy rock Danielle Goldstein speaks to Canadian band Lakes of Canada. • When Byron met Nathan David Conway uncovers a remarkable collaboration. • Strings attached Malcolm Miller recommends the soaring sounds of violinist Jack Liebeck

ART

Do mention the war German artist Anselm Kiefer is interviewed by Tim Marlow. • Grand designs Monica Bohm- Duchen reviews the latest show on designer Abram Games

BOOKS

Austrian books special: Andrea Reiter considers the new generation of writers. • Émigrés and exiles David Herman settles down with Austria's publishing giants and the latest on Stefan Zweig. • Reviews: Hilltop by Assaf Gavron; The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis; Elsewhere by Doron Rabinovici. •Books in brief: Books on Scots, Austrians and Algerians

LAST WORDS

South African Yiddish For all the bagel boys out there

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