Ben Uri


This touring exhibition curated by the Ben Uri Gallery returns home. Born in Birmingham to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, David Bomberg spent his formative years in London’s East End amongst the Whitechapel Boys. He went on to become one of the 20th century’s leading British artists, engaging in Yiddish culture, contributing to pre-war British modernism, working as a war artist during World Wars I and II, and much more besides. This exhibition documents the painter’s life and achievements in chronological order. 
Until 16 September.

NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. 


Dutch Centre

Suzanne Perlman: Catching the Ephemeral

A major retrospective of work by Suzanne Perlman, a student of Oskar Kokoschka with a distinguished artistic career spanning seven decades and three continents.
Until 31 August. 

EC2N 2HA. 020 7588 1684. 


Embassy of Germany

Finchleystrasse: German Artists in Exile in Great Britain, 1933-1945 and Jewish Life in Germany Today

To commemorate the November Pogroms of 1938 and the beginning of the Kindertransport to Britain, the German Embassy presents two exhibitions. Curated by the Ben Uri Gallery, Finchleystrasse focuses on work by German Jewish artists who had to flee Nazi Germany, while Jewish Life in Germany Today provides insight into Germany’s thriving and diverse Jewish community through poster artwork.
NB: The next open day is 13 September, 4-8.30pm; registration essential.
Until 27 September.

Public access on open days only; phone for dates. SW1X 8PZ. 020 7824 1300. 


Etz Chayim Gallery

Jamie Kiltie

Young photographic artist on various subjects.
Until 2 October. 

Viewing by appointment: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, HA6 3AA. 019 2382 2592. 


Jewish Museum

Comic Book Artists in Residence

Leading comic artists work on their own cartoons live at the museum, responding to the galleries and visitors. See them in action and you may just end up as a work of art. Artists include Zoom Rockman, Lucie Arnoux, Tasreen Rahman, Charlotte Bailey, Tom Berry, Matt Boyce, Taymah Anderson and Paul Shinn. Check the Jewish Museum website for details on who will be drawing and when. 
Until 16 September.

Jew(ish) Cartoons: Drawing from the Collection and Community

To coincide with their Comic Book Artists in Residence programme, the Jewish Museum presents a selection of drawings, cartoons and caricatures by Jewish artists. These works illustrate changing humour and social commentary from the early 20th century to today.
Until 17 September.

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

An immersive and playful exhibition about the tiny but tough fictional Gaul Astérix and his Jewish co-creator René Goscinny. Explore the unique imagination of Goscinny (brought to colourful life by illustrator Albert Uderzo) and discover his story, from a childhood in Argentina to a glittering career that began in New York and flourished in Europe. Featuring rare original scripts, storyboards, photographs, films, sketches, dressing-up stations, games and more. Read more about Astérix in the Jul 2018 issue of JR.
Until 30 September.

NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. 


National Portrait Gallery

One Unbroken Stream

A collection of portraits by five major artists: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, Sickert, David Bomberg and Frank Auerbach, to reveal a chain of teacher-pupil relationships spanning a century.
Until 2 September.

Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939

An installation of classic photographs and rarely seen images of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.
Until 7 October.

WC2H 0HE. 020 7306 0055. 


Royal Academy of Art

250th Summer Exhibition

The RA’s annual Summer Exhibition returns with a mighty bang this year as extravagant British artist Grayson Perry curates. Among the 1,300 artworks on display is Anish Kapoor’s Symphony for a Beloved Daughter, a bold red sculpture in the Annenberg Courtyard.
Until 19 August.

W1J 0BD. 


Tate Britain

All too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

A celebration of the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. Featuring Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries, such as Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.
Until 27 August.

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War I

Tate marks 100 years since the end of World War I with an exploration of the impact the war had on British, German and French art. Featuring work by George Grosz and Otto Dix that exposes the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society; Fernand Léger and CRW Nevinson that reveals visions of the future as society began to rebuild itself; and Hannah Höch and André Masson, who were instrumental in the birth of dada and surrealism. Plus Picasso, Winifred Knights and many more.
Until 23 September.

Mark Gertler

A selection of works by influential British artist Mark Gertler. Born to Austrian Jewish parents in London’s East End, Gertler studied at the Slade School of Art, before becoming a key figure in London’s avant-garde art scene between the wars. Guest-curated by Ben Uri’s Sarah MacDougall, featuring one of Ben Uri’s 11 Gertlers: Rabbi and Rabbitzin.
Until 21 October.

SW1P 4RG. 020 7887 8888. 


Trafalgar Square

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

A 14-foot-long winged bull sits atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This recreation of Lamassu, the stone deity that once protected the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh until Isis destroyed it in 2015, comes from the mind of Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. Inspired by the homeland of his mother’s family – who emigrated to the US from Iraq in 1946, fleeing as Arab Jews – and the recipes of his Iraqi-Jewish grandmother, Rakowitz used 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans to cover the statue.
Until 2020. 

WC2N 5DN. 020 7983 4750. 


Wiener Library

London 1938: Defending 'Degenerate' German Art

An exploration of the history and context of an exhibition originally held in 1938 in London entitled 20th Century German Art. This year marks the 80th anniversary of this show, which was the most prominent international response to the Nazi campaign against ‘degenerate’ art. To this day it remains the largest display of 20th-century German art ever staged in Britain, featuring over 300 examples of modern German art by artists who faced persecution in Germany. Read more about the exhibition in the Jul 2018 issue of JR.
Until 14 September.

WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. 


Wednesday 22 August

West London Synagogue Book Club

The WLS book group meets monthly to talk about literature that has a connection to Jewish culture or religion. This month they’ll be discussing Herzog, Saul Bellow's 1964 novel about Moses Herzog's midlife crisis.

6pm. FREE. The Prince Regent in Marylebone, W1U 5JN.


Wednesday 29 August

An Evening with Gary Shteyngart

Jewish Book Week hosts a talk with New York novelist Gary Shteyngart, who’ll be discussing his new book Lake Success.

7pm. £19.50, £9.50 concs. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490.


Thursday 30 August

Pow! Bam! Oy! Comic Book Late

A comic book themed extravaganza, featuring live artist demos, workshops and a prize for the best dressed.

6-9pm. £10, £5 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.



Until Friday 31 August

Hampstead Beach

The sun (hopefully), sand and sea (well, a paddling pool) returns to north London as JW3 brings the beach back. For two months visitors will be able to enjoy a host of seaside activities without leaving the city.

9am-10.30pm (Sun-Thu), 9am-5pm (Fri). FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. 


Sunday 19 August

Family Cartoon Festival

The Jewish Museum hosts this cartoon-themed family day to coincide with the Astérix exhibition. Featuring interactive workshops, biographical comic strip creation, dough modelling and a special trail through the exhibition.

1-4pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.


Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 August

JMI Youth Big Band Summer School

Tzadik label jazz musician Sam Eastmond leads this three-day workshop for ages 11-19 to join the JMI Youth Big Band. The group fuses together music of Jewish origin and cutting edge contemporary jazz sounds. They have two pianists already and are especially looking for trumpeters, trombonists, saxophonists, guitarists, bassists and drummers of grade five or equivalent.

10am-4pm. £75. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG. 020 7898 4307.  


Until Thursday 16 August

UKJF: Through Lotte’s Lens

The extraordinary story of the refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in the 30s and found refuge in the UK, viewed through the lens of Austrian portrait photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf.

Times vary. £4.50-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.


Until Friday 31 August

Pinter On Screen: Power, Sex and Politics

Like the Pinter Theatre, the BFI is marking the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death with a series about the great writer’s contributions to cinema and TV. Among the showings is 1963’s class war drama The Servant (21 & 26 Jul), period drama The Go-Between (12, 15 & 17 Aug), and 1981 romance The French Lieutenant’s Woman (20, 24 & 27 Aug).
Times and prices vary. BFI Southbank, SE1 8XT.


Sunday 19 – Thursday 23 August

UKJF: Vitch

A daughter tells the story of the controversial choices that her father, Eddie Vitch, a Jewish artist from Poland, made in order to survive the Holocaust.

Times vary. £4.50-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.


Tuesday 21 August

Seven Beauties and Panel Discussion

Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar, turns 90 in August. To celebrate, JW3 presents a rare screening of her 1975 drama Seven Beauties, about an Italian criminal determined to survive the Holocaust. Followed by a panel discussion with JW3’s film programmer Alex Davidson, visual artist and Jewish educator Jacqueline Nicholls and film lecturer Dr Julia Wagner.

8pm. £12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.


Monday 20 August

Classic Gershwin

Join prize-winning pianist and Gershwin interpreter Viv McLean, with National Theatre actor Susan Porrett narrating, for an eclectic mix of Gershwin's music. From Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm Variations and Swanee, to the rarely played classical Preludes.

9.15pm. £20. Brasserie Zédel, W1F 7ED.


Tuesday 21 August

Socalled with Strings

JMI present Josh ‘Socalled’ Dolgin, a singer, musician, producer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal. Here he’ll perform a new concert of Yiddish Songs with a string quartet to promote his new album,

7.30pm-10.30pm. £15, £12.50 concs. SOAS Main Building, WC1H 0XG. 020 7898 4307.


Wednesday 22 August

Klezfest Concert

JMI’s Summer School faculty present major players in the klezmer revival movement. Yiddish Summer Weimar Band, Merlin and Polina Shepherd, and Fran & Flora are among those performing.

7.30-10.30pm. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET.


The Turbans + Don Kipper

Global music collective The Turbans mix traditional and contemporary sounds to create a modern performance full of energy and reverence for its roots. This travelling five-piece take influence from all the places they’ve travelled to, including Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece and the UK, combining musical heritages and traditions. They’re supported tonight by multi-award-winning septet Don Kipper, who audibly blend together a wide range of traditions, from Turkish and Greek folk to Romani music and klezmer.

7pm. £15. Jazz Café, NW1 7PG.


Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 August

2020 Vision

A series of talks to mark 70 years of Israel. Clive Lawton talks about the world of 1948 and 1968, as well as dreams and aspirations 50 years on, in the morning lectures. He’ll then be joined in the afternoons by Hagai Segal to discuss Israel 1948-2020; and Dr Helena Miller on the topic of visual art in the early years of the State of Israel.

10.30am & 2pm. £20 (per session), £30 (full day). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.


Wednesday 15 August & Wednesday 12 September

Curator’s Talks: Who Has the Last Laugh?

Discover some of the cartoons and caricatures usually kept in storage at the Jewish Museum. One of their curators will reveal the stories behind the images, some of which go back to the 18th century.

3-3.30pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.


Sunday 19 August

Preserving Izmir's Jewish Heritage

Uri Bar-Ner, over from Israel, explains plans for a compound of Sephardi synagogues in the Turkish city of Izmir to be turned into a museum of Jewish Heritage.

8pm. £5. Holland Park Synagogue, W11 4RB. 020 7603 7961.


Wednesday 29 August & Wednesday 26 September

Curator’s Talks: Astérix in Britain

To coincide with the museum’s immersive exhibition about Astérix and his Jewish co-creator René Goscinny, hear the curator reveal the behind-the-scenes story of Goscinny and his beloved comics.

2-2.30pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.  


Until Saturday 18 August


Grimeborn Opera Festival presents an opera with a libretto by Steven Berkoff. Jonathan Moore directs this 30th anniversary production of Greek, adapting (along with Mark-Anthony Turnage) Berkoff’s riotous retelling of the Oedipus myth into an opera that sent shockwaves through the opera world when it premiered in 1988. Now it comes home to the East End, with music direction by Tim Anderson. Read our review of Greek on the JR blog.

7.30pm. £12-£26. Arcola Theatre, E8 3DL. 020 7503 1646.


Until Saturday 1 September

Fun Home

Jewish director Sam Gold makes his Young Vic debut with the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Written by fellow Jewish creative Lisa Kron, this musical is based on the autobiographical 2006 graphic novel by Jewish writer Alison Bechdel.

7.30pm (Mon–Sat; exc 27 Aug), 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only; exc 23 & 27 Jun, 18 Jul, 4 & 15 Aug). £10-£40. Young Vic, SE1 8LZ. 020 7922 2922. 


Homos, or Everyone in America

An intimate, funny and honest portrayal of a gay relationship told over six years, leading up to the passing of marriage equality in all 50 of the American states. This will be the European premiere of New York Jewish writer Jordan Seavey's play about The Writer and The Academic, whose relationship you watch flourish and wilt on the stage. Directed by the award-winning Josh Seymour.

7.30pm, 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £18-£20, £16-£18 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 084 4847 1652.


Until Saturday 15 September

Little Shop of Horrors

Maria Aberg directs this stage adaptation of Roger Corman's movie. The story follows wimpy Jewish hero Seymour, who's always been down at heel and works as an assistant in a flower shop on Skid Row. Life for Seymour is all very humdrum until he discovers a killer new plant. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.45pm, 2.15pm (Thu & Sat only; from 11 Aug). £25-£59, £12.50-£29.50 under-18s. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, NW1 4NU.


Until Saturday 29 September

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

Based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film, this new production follows a Broadway run that closed in 2009. Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he must make some snap decisions. Should he run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or continue to experiment with reanimating the dead? Read our review of Young Frankenstein on the JR blog.
7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 3pm (Wed & Sun only). £25-£121.90. Garrick Theatre, WC2H 0HH. 


Until Saturday 6 October

Exit the King

Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life, Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life. Patrick Marber directs his new version of Eugène Ionesco’s great tragi-comedy with Rhys Ifans in the title role and Indira Varma as his first Queen. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2pm (matinee dates vary). £15-£50. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000.


Until Saturday 20 October

The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles in a play about the Jewish family and company that changed the world. Told in three parts; the acting trio plays the Lehman brothers, sons and grandsons as they document the rise and fall of the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Listen to our interview with actor Adam Godley on JR OutLoud.

All performances are currently sold out, but tickets will be available on the day in person from the box office (at 9.30am) and during Friday Rush, when a number of £20 tickets are released for all NT shows every Friday at 1pm.

7pm, 1pm (Tue & Sat only). £15-£67. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000. 


Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 August

Elephant Steps

Grimeborn Opera Festival presents the European premiere, and 50th anniversary production, of this surrealist opera by Jewish American avant garde theatre pioneers Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman. Elephant Steps is about the search for spirituality and enlightenment via an ill protagonist, his enemies and elephant angels.

7.30pm. £12-£26. Arcola Theatre, E8 3DL. 020 7503 1646.


Sunday 26 – Tuesday 28 August


The National Theatre, in association with the Faith & Belief Forum, present a huge company of all ages from across London, along with professional artists, in a musical version of this Shakespeare classic. All performances are currently sold out, but tickets will be available on the day and during Friday Rush, when more tickets are released for all NT shows every Friday at 1pm.

7pm. £17.50 (phone for availability). National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000.


Until Wednesday 15 August

Creative Writing Classes with Cecily Bomberg

A Wednesday evening writing class inspired by the Ben Uri’s David Bomberg exhibition and led by the artist’s niece Cecily.

6.30-9pm. £150, £120 concs. Ben Uri Gallery, NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991.


Until Thursday 16 August

Intensive Hebrew Summer Evening Ulpan

A friendly Hebrew course taught by experts.

6.30-9.45pm. £380 (two weeks), £210 (one week). Central Synagoguge, W1W 6NW.


Until Wednesday 26 September

Mixed Voices Choir

A weekly Wednesday rehearsal for a choir learning a repertoire of Jewish and Israeli music. The evening is open to all (who can sing in pitch), Jewish or otherwise. Classical singer, pianist and choral conductor Sarit Aloni will lead the group.

7-9pm. First two classes free, after that £tbc depending on numbers. Wimbledon (address revealed upon contact). 


Sunday 19 – Friday 24 August

Golden Peacock

A week-long course presented by the Jewish Music Institute covering everything you need to know about Yiddish culture, language and song. Led by acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky and others.

9.30am-5pm. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG.  



Take a five-day course in klezmer this August at the Jewish Music Institute’s annual summer school. Special guest lecturers have been called in to teach eager and willing students about the history, melodies, ornamentation and dances of klezmer. Featuring Ilana Cravitz – violinist and author of Klezmer Fiddle: A How-To Guide – German mandolin virtuoso Andreas Schmitges, accordionist Alan Bern and many more. Participants will play in groups and delve into improv techniques, interpret scores, jam and play live to the public.

12pm-6.30pm. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG.  


Ot Azoy!

The Jewish Music Institute’s annual summer course in all things Yiddish. People of all ages are invited to learn about the Yiddish language, songs and culture in an intensive week-long series of classes. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, the course also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures.

9.30am-5pm. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG. 



Until Saturday 15 September

Sweet Charity

From director Paul Hart – with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields – this new staging follows the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine (Rebecca Trehearn), a dancer in a sleazy New York bar. Charity is used to a series of duds when it comes to guys, but a chance meeting in a broken-down lift with Oscar (Marc Elliott) turns her luck around.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). £19-£33. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, RG20 8AE. 016 354 6044. 



Thursday 23 August & Friday 21 September

Meet the Author: George Culling

George Culling was a 19-year-old Lancaster navigator during World War II and has collated his experiences and those of his comrades into a book. He’ll be signing said book – Tales of Lancasters and Other Aircraft: Dangerous Skies in the Second World War – at IWM Duxford.

11am-1pm & 2-4pm. FREE. Imperial War Museum Duxford, CB22 4QR. 012 2383 5000.



Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Lest We Forget?

A look at the commemoration of war as a fluid concept, one that spans personal mantelpiece memorials, community tributes and state commemorations. The display includes a photograph of a body selected for The Unknown Warrior – two graves of unidentified British and French soldiers buried at Westminster Abbey and Arc de Triomphe to remember the unknown dead – and the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s War Horse.
Until 24 February 2019. 

M17 1TZ. 016 1836 4000. 


Wednesday 15 & Sunday 19 August

UKJF: Beyond the Mountains and Hills

A compelling and intelligent new feature from Eran Kolirin about an Israeli family in crisis.

8pm (Wed), 6pm (Sun). £9.70 adv. Cineworld Didsbury, M20 5PG.  


Sunday 19 August

Heritage Walk: Jewish Manchester

In the 19th century Manchester’s Jewish community settled in areas close to Victoria Station (Strangeways, Red Bank and Lower Cheetham). Whilst the community has now moved out to the city suburbs, evidence of the city’s first Jewish communities still exists today. Starting at the museum, guides will take walkers around the streets of Lower Cheetham, where Manchester’s Jewish community first began.

1-3pm. £7. Manchester Jewish Museum, M8 8LW. 084 3208 0500.



Tate Liverpool

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman

A decade on from Tate Liverpool’s acclaimed Klimt exhibition, it brings together the work of his radical protégé, Egon Schiele (1890–1918), with the striking photography of Francesca Woodman (1958–1981). Both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which, at such close quarters, offer an intense viewing experience and a new perspective on their powerful works.
Until 23 September.

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

To celebrate the centenary of World War I, the Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial commissioned Sir Peter Blake to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in the style of British warship. The term ‘dazzling’ came from the abstract and angular shapes used during WWI to camouflage the underside of boats so that enemy submarines couldn’t tell which direction they were going in. Blake’s dazzle ship, other wise known as Snowdrop, will be sailing on the Mersey until 2019.
Until 6 April 2019. 

L3 4BB. 015 1702 7400. 


Until Thursday 27 September

Israeli Dancing

A weekly workshop in Israeli dance traditions, taking place every Thursday. Phone to confirm the class is on before attending.
7.30-9pm. £5. Jewish Community Centre, King David Campus, Liverpool, L15 6WU. 



Friday 31 August – Saturday 22 September

Sweet Charity

Nottingham Playhouse produces its first musical in over 10 years with Sweet Charity. From director Bill Buckhurst – with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields – this new staging follows the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine (Rebecca Trehearn), a dancer in a sleazy New York bar. Charity is used to a series of duds when it comes to guys, but a chance meeting in a broken-down lift with Oscar (Marc Elliott) turns her luck around.

7.30pm, 1.30pm (Thu only), 2.30pm (Sat only). £8.50-£45. Nottingham Playhouse, NG1 5AF. 0115 941 9419.



Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Steven Berkoff: Gorbals 1966

This never before seen body of work covers a period in the autumn of 1966, when Steven Berkoff was an actor with The Citizens Theatre. In the days he had off, he would be out exploring with his camera, using that time to photograph the environment around The Citizens. See the captivating results here.
Until 16 September. 

G1 5HD. 014 1552 2151.


Until Saturday 25 August

Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves

Join Jewish comedian of the year and wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds for his show all about love, sex and Harry Potter.

6.45pm. FREE. Tolbooth Market (venue 98), Edinburgh, EH8 8BN.


Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating

A Middle Eastern Mary Poppins gets type 2 diabetes from her spoonful of sugar and is told to lose weight or lose her toes. And just when her coveted red EU passport arrives, her new compatriots decide to Brexit. Will she ever get anywhere on time? Find out in Daphna Baram’s hilarious journey into body, politics and, well, body politics. The Israel-born human rights lawyer turned comedian will be reflecting on half a lifetime of political and physical relentlessness and strife.

7pm. £7, £5 concs. Sweet Novotel (venue 188), Edinburgh, EH3 9DE.



Jewish stand-up comedy from Aaron Levene and Philip Simon (Jewish Comedian of the Year 2015). Previously the show has featured special guests, so there may be some during their Edinburgh run too.

1.45pm. FREE. Opium (venue 96), Edinburgh, EH1 1JW.


Until Sunday 26 August

Ari Shaffir: Jew

Ari Shaffir turned his last Fringe show into a Netflix special called Double Negative. This year, he returns to tackle his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. Ari questions all the things rabbis never wanted him to, like who were the real bad guys in Sodom and Gomorrah? And why do Chasidim dress like Johnny Cash fans?

6pm. £7. Heroes @ The Hive (venue 313), Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.


Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

Ashley Blaker isn’t your average Orthodox Jewish man. He is also a successful comedian who has performed two sold-out UK tours, as well as touring the US, Israel and South Africa. Now he presents a show for the gentiles. Join Blaker as he explains some of the mysteries of his religion.

3-4pm. £7.30-£11.80. Underbelly Bristo Square (venue 302), Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.


Joel Sanders: Angry Boater

No skills, no patience, hypertension and a boat. What really happens when you abandon the land to follow your dreams? Now in its fourth year, the glorious, comedic voyage from suburbia to chaos finally comes to Edinburgh, courtesy of disgruntled Jewish comic Joel Sanders.

7.25pm. FREE. Laughing Horse @ Finnegan's Wake (venue 101), Edinburgh, EH1 2HE.


Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down

The golden rule of comedy is 'no punching down'. Aim for the big-hitters and don’t mock the little men, in other words. But Tim Renkow is a crippled, redneck, Mexican Jew, so it’s hard for him to find a group he’s not allowed to make fun of, which is insulting. Join him as he tries to find a group that is off-limits and prove that he's not at the bottom of the social ladder.

8pm. £5. Monkey Barrel Comedy Club (venue 515), Edinburgh, EH1 1QR.


Until Monday 27 August

Bennett Arron: I've Never Told Anyone This

Bennett Arron is revealing secrets. The problem is, they’re not all his to tell. In this personal, shocking and hilarious show, Jewish comic Bennett – the star of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Alone, and the series Bennett Arron Worries About – reveals intimate information about himself, his family, famous comedians and TV execs. See it now before it's censored.

12.10pm. £10, £9 concs. Underbelly Bristo Square (venue 302), Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.


Daniel Cainer: Old Dog, New Shtick!

The all-singing, all-joking comedian returns to the Fringe for the 12th successive year with a brand new show.

12-1pm. £6.50-£12. Underbelly George Square (venue 300), Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.



Saturday 25 August

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: A Bernstein Celebration

Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are joined by Nicola Benedetti to celebrate Leonard Bernstein on the centenary of his birth.

7.45pm. £15-£47. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA.


Hebrides Ensemble

The well-loved Scottish ensemble celebrate Bernstein’s centenary year with two of his compositions, punctuated by music by Copland in this all-American recital.

11am. £11-£34. The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG.


Until Sunday 26 August


Three Israeli dancers evoke three stories on the same stage. Aya doesn’t like dogs, Lior wants to sing for you and Nofar wonders why she was never harassed as a teenager. Through dance, physical theatre and circus performance the trio will try to make you laugh and cry.

1pm. £8, £6 concs. Sweet Grassmarket (venue 18), Edinburgh, EH1 2HS.



Until Saturday 25 August

The Price

David Suchet (Poirot) stars alongside Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) in Arthur Miller’s 1968 family-feud drama. The Price follows the story of estranged brothers Victor (played by Coyle) and Walter (Adrian Lukis), who meet again after the death of their father, where Suchet’s furniture dealing character Gregory Solomon also appears to stir things up.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only; exc. 9 Aug). £22.50-£38.50. Theatre Royal Bath, BA1 1ET. 012 2544 8844.


Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 15 September

God of Carnage

Jewish director Lindsay Posner presents Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play about the politics of the playground once the kids leave school. After 11-year-old Ferdinand knocks out the teeth of fellow student Bruno, their parents decide to handle matters at home, but once the drink starts flowing all hell breaks loose.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only; exc. 30 Aug). £16.50-£39.50. Theatre Royal Bath, BA1 1ET. 012 2544 8844.



Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Dorothy Bohm: Sussex Photographs

Black-and-white photographs of Sussex life during the 1960s and 70s by Jewish photographer Dorothy Bohm (b.1924). She escaped to Britain from Nazi Europe in 1939 and became known for her portraiture, street and travel photography of London, Paris and Moscow. Bohm was also closely involved in the founding of The Photographer’s Gallery and served as the gallery’s associate director for 15 years.
Until 2 September. 

PO19 1TJ. 012 4377 4557. 


Sunday 19 August

Sussex Jewish Film Club: A Serious Man

A delightfully dark comedy from some of the finest writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Joel and Ethan Cohen. A Serious Man tells the story of Larry Gopnik, a physics professor in 1960s America whose life is rapidly unravelling, so he seeks the help of three rabbis.

7pm. £4. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH.


Until Saturday 25 August

Me and My Girl

The musical that first brought us the dance the Nazis denounced as “Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping” - the Lambeth Walk! Now it’s been revived, complete with sparkling revisions by Stephen Fry and starring hugely popular Jewish funny man Matt Lucas as Bill Snibson, the cheerful Cockney barrow boy who discovers he’s the long-lost heir to a title and riches. With book and lyrics by L Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.
7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 2.30pm (Wed, Thu & Sat; phone for exact dates). £10-£55. Chichester Festival Theatre, PO19 6AP. 012 4378 1312.  


Until Tuesday 25 September

Chutzpah Choir

A weekly Yiddish singing class led by Polina Shepherd on most Tuesdays. Phone to confirm the class is on before attending.
11am-1pm. Hove (contact for exact venue details). 012 7347 4795. 


Israeli Dancing

A weekly Israeli dance class that takes place every Tuesday. 

7.45-9.45pm. Phone for prices. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. 012 7368 8538.