A PEEK Inside: OCTOBER 2018


VIVA MEXICO! A UNIQUE CULTURE AT THE HEART OF LATIN AMERICA

Join us in tropical Mexico for JR’s October issue, where you’ll find Jewish revolutionaries, Ladino novelists, stunning Syrian synagogues and street stalls selling kosher enchiladas. We also unpick some of the documentaries to come out of 2018’s UK Jewish Film Festival. Plus, learn about the role of drugs in the lives of major Jewish thinkers; and ask whether Jewish artefacts and archives belong to their country of origin or to the communities that created them – many of whom may now live elsewhere. 


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  Passport:  Elias, Monica, Isidoro, Benjamin, Carlos and Fanny  ©Beatriz Sokol; ©Claudia Cruz Barigelli

Passport: Elias, Monica, Isidoro, Benjamin, Carlos and Fanny ©Beatriz Sokol; ©Claudia Cruz Barigelli

Passport: “We are creating new ways to be Jewish”

Mexico City has a dynamic and creative Jewish community. Rebecca Taylor meets some of its cultural movers and shakers

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WHAT’S NEW 

First service in 500 years for Lorca synagogue; chocolate menorot (yum); YIVO opens in London.

FEATURE

Marseille’s unsung hero: Elisabeth Blanchet uncovers the wartime story of Varian Fry. 

FEATURE

When the nun met the rabbi: Deborah Freeman visits the German Bible study centre where Christians, Muslims and Jews debate together.

PASSPORT

Mexico: We uncover a history of secret villages; fiery revolutionaries and Yiddish activists; meet Mexico City’s first woman – and Jewish – mayor; and hear from the cultural movers and shakers who are putting this Latin American country on the map.  

FILM

The UK Jewish Film Festival is coming to town! We review the top docs that are set to make waves this year. 

THEATRE

Canada is the setting for Old Stock’s story of immigration and love. Judi Herman meets the husband-and-wife team behind the show. 

MUSIC

Vivi Lachs uncovers the story behind Soviet Zion, a musical about the Jewish region in Siberia; a concert marks Kristallnacht 80 years on. 

BOOKS

Peter Watts pops the religion pill; Mike Witcombe speaks to Ariel Kahn about his debut novel and we revisit Maureen Kendler’s seminal series on British Jewish writing. Plus David Herman on Saul Bellow; Liz Cashdan on Kinder Scout; and Seymour Hersh’s biography.

THE MODERNISTS

Adrian Whittle on Haifa’s iconic shuk.

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Rebecca Taylor on the Wolf of Baghdad; Michelle Huberman on the parties promising miracles; Lyn Julius asks: who owns Jewish culture?

WHAT’S HAPPENING

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

FAMILY

Alumot gives Cambridge Israelis a warm shalom. 

MEET THE READER

This issue: Basil Mann in Hounslow.