JANUARY 2018


CATALONIA: 100 YEARS SINCE JEWS CAME IN FROM THE COLD

JR asks Catalonia’s Jewish community how they view the question of independence and we take you on a tour of that region’s ancient Jewish history, following the path of refugees across the Pyrenees in the 1930s. Elsewhere, we uncover a London Jewish film archive, explore Chagall’s connection to The Tempest, discuss the role of culture in nationalism and ask: what has happened to the ‘bar mitzvah book’ in the 21st century?


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Jewish Britain captured in new film archive

The British Film Institute has launched a remarkable archive depicting Jewish life in Britain over the last century. Curator Simon McCallum talks us through the collection’s highlights…
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WHAT'S NEW

Gita Conn reveals exciting news from Manchester Jewish Museum; an architecture award for Bushey Cemetery; David Conway on UNESCO

INTERVIEW

Lithuanian writer Grigory Kanovich speaks to Stephan Collishaw about his novel Shtetl Love Song

PASSPORT

Homage to Catalonia: We uncover the history and culture of this beautiful region, hear the tale of Mallorca’s secret Chuetas, meet Barcelona’s dynamic community and discover where the region’s Jewish population stands on the independence debate

THEATRE

Judi Herman interviews the directors of two new shows: Rothschild and Sons is a musical about the banking dynasty; Smile Upon us, Lord is a tale about Lithuanian shtetl Jews

FILM

Simon McCallum reports on the fascinating new BFI archive, Jewish Britain on Film

MUSIC

Danielle Goldstein talks to Jessica Duchen about Robert Schumann – and a mysterious Ouja board

ART

Don’t miss Marc Chagall’s lithographs for The Tempest; and a new show opens on David Bomberg

 

BOOKS

David Herman on the ‘bar mitzvah book’; Judi Herman speaks to Devorah Baum; Sian Mackay uncovers the life of Rudolph von Ripper; and Maureen Kendler reviews Eshkol Nevo’s latest novel.
Plus Rebecca Abrams book The Jewish Journey and David Thomson’s enjoyable story of the Warner Brothers

THE MODERNISTS

Marcel Janco’s brutalist Bucharest designs

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Daisy Abboudi on how Middle Eastern cooking went viral; Joy Sable speaks to Israeli flamenco star Ornili Azulay; the Catholic Hispanics tracing their Jewish roots

WHAT'S HAPPENING

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

FAMILY

Rebecca Taylor speaks to Amy Tobias about her new play, The Quantum Physics of My Heart.

MEET THE READER

A new series in which we meet you, the reader. This issue: Cathy Knowles

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