APRIL 2018


CAMBRIDGE: HAVEN IN THE FENS

Did you know that one of the most eminent astronomers of the 18th century was a Jew from Cambridge? This is just one of the stories we cover in this issue of JR, where readers are guided through the ancient city of Cambridge. Tour its medieval history, its émigré thinkers and vibrant community. Plus, hear from writers Frederic Raphael, Elaine Feinstein and others about their time living there. In other sections Roxana Jebreel calls for urgent action to stop Sephardi communities being excluded from mainstream Jewish life and we hear how an Icelandic author has relocated the story of the Golem to his icy home country.


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  Theatre:  Life and Fate.  ©Maly Theatre

Theatre: Life and Fate. ©Maly Theatre

“REAL THEATRE BEGINS WHEN A PIECE IS CAPABLE OF ELICITING SHOCK”

The stage version of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman’s celebrated novel on Soviet society, is finally reaching London. Judi Herman speaks to the play’s director, Lev Dodin, about why Grossman’s book resonates so strongly with him
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WHAT'S NEW

Urgent call to save Europe’s synagogues; Freud returns to Vienna; farewell to Barry Davis and Maureen Kendler

INTERVIEW

Rebecca Taylor speaks to Richard Stone about the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and a life fighting injustice.

PASSPORT

Cambridge: We uncover the city’s medieval history, explore the world of 18th-century astronomy and hear the stories of 1930s refugees. Plus Frederic Raphael, Elaine Feinstein, residents, students and academics talk about this special city

DANCE

Joy Sable speaks to the Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal

THEATRE

As a production of Life and Fate opens in London, Judi Herman speaks to its director; Judi also delves into a new cabaret featuring the music that was banned by the Nazis

TV

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is part of a long history of Jewish American stand-up comedy, says Sascha Cohen, while comic Rachel Creeger compares notes with her 50s doppelgänger

MUSIC

Danielle Goldstein speaks to Vivi Lachs about Yiddish street songs, sex and politics; David Conway on rare releases from three Russian composers

ART

Nicola Baird on Fred Uhlman; in her last piece for JR, Maureen Kendler explores Uhlman’s novel, Reunion

BOOKS

Icelandic author Sjón on his new book; the rabbi hitman in Gangster Nation; Albert Reuss in Mousehole; Exodus at 60 and Uprooted – the story of Jews in Arab lands

THE MODERNISTS

The Berliners: Tel Aviv’s design duo

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Why is Sephardi culture invisible?; a new film on Jewish pirates; a cookbook tells the story of the Silk Road

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel

MEET THE READER

Our series in which we meet you, the reader. This issue: Norman Bright on cycling and Ken Dodd

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