JULY 2013


THE HEART OF ITALY

Ciao! Venture to Italy with us to meet Jewish Italians and explore their timeline all the way back to Roman times. We also discover that the province of Emilia Romagna is home to numerous Hebrew treasures and take a walk with Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld in search of Jewish Florence. Plus, we look at all the latest goings on in the worlds of Jewish food, film, music, art and literature.

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WHAT'S NEW

Kosher fish sauce as served in Pompeii British Museum: curator Paul Roberts explains how they knew that a jug of garum (fish sauce) held in the Museum's Pompeii exhibition was kosher • New museum for new town Shirley Siegal's ambitious plan to build a museum of women's art in the Israeli town of Modi'in • Visual treats up North Chagall exhibition has opened in Liverpool and Naomi Alexander's Lithuania paintings are exhibited in Gateshead • Coming up in JR Our October issue will include a close-up of the Israeli community in Britain, an interview with founder of new Jewish cultural centre JW3 Dame Vivien Duffield, and an art feature on Mira Schendel • The JR Survey Find out who are readers are and what they want (and don't want) from the results of our online survey

EDUCATION

Jewish Education - Is It Fit for Purpose? Clive Lawton's critique of the UK Jewish school scene • Who is Going to Jewish Schools? Janet Levin looks into the impact of the Free School and of changing admissions criteria

THE JEWS OF THE HEART OF ITALY

Timeline From Roman times to the present • Cultured Protectors Medicis, Estes and Malatestas Helping to Free Italy Susan Kikoler on Eugenio Ravà, and Cesare Rovighi • Edgardo Mortara - Kidnap Italian Style Eli Abt When Italian Jews Get Together... Clive Lawton reports from a conference in Milano Maritima • In Search of the Finzi-Continis Lucy Raitz looks in vain for the garden in Ferrara immortalized in Giorgio Bassani's novel • We Go to Shul in Ferrara The 2012 earthquake damaged Ferrara's synagogues but not the enthusiasm of its community • Ferrara to Tell Italy's Jewish History The National Museum of Italian Jewry and the Shoah is being built in the city, to open in 2015 • Book Festival Brings in the Crowds Janet Levin reports from Ferrara's Jewish Book Festival • Musical Echoes of the Ferrarese Soul Enrico Fink, leader of the Jewish Italian Jazz Ensemble, explains how his music is informed by the city's unique synagogue tradition • A Treasury of Hebrew Manuscripts The province of Emilia Romagna is home to numerous Hebrew treasures - Susan Kikoler takes us to Modena, Parma and Bologna • Deportation Remembered Janet Levin visits Fossoli, the former transit camp for Jewish deportees • Jewish Heritage and the Italian State David Clark on why recent decades have seen new museums being opened and Jewish quarters being renovated all over Italy • In Search of Jewish Florence A walk with Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld • Florence Synagogue Looks Outwards Sara Cividalli, the community's president, explains how the synagogue is moving forward • The Vogelmanns and La Giuntina The story of the owners of a company that publishes 20 Jewish books per year in Italian • From Bronx to Palazzo Janet Levin talks to American-born artist Jules Maidoff • Recalling a Golden Age:The little Jerusalem Jean-Jacques Wahl visits Pitigliano • The Free Port of Livorno Vesna Domany Hardy

FOOD

Our food section is also dedicated to the heart of Italy: A Taste of Emilia Romagna Silvia Nacamulli • Dishes to Die For Jewish style food served in restaurants in Ferrara and Cento

FILM

New from Israel Judi Herman sees short films by students of Tel Aviv University's film school, as well as Shelley Hermon's documentary Within the Eye of the Storm and Benny Torati's Ballad of the Weeping Spring at the Seret film festival

MUSIC

My Klezmer Journey Janet Grice interviews Frank London of the Klezmatics

EXHIBITION

Muizenberg Memories Sorrel Kerbel goes to an exhibition at the LJCC about the South African beach town and shares memories with other visitors

ART

Seeing the funny side: Harry Blacker • David Herman writes the first piece in a new series on Jewish cartoonists

BOOKS AND WRITERS

The Feminine Mystique Mike Peters revisits Betty Friedan's feminist classic • David Herman reviews Franz Kafka: The Poet of Guilt and Shame by Saul Friedlander • Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš Mark Thompson's book reviewed by Vesna Domany Hardy • My Mother's Wars by Lillian Faderman and Hiding Places by Diane Wyshogrod reviewed by Agi Erdos • The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist by Antony Lerman reviewed by Diane Lukeman • Thank You for Your Business by Derek Taylor, Jewish Lives by Melody Amsel-Arieli, and Jews in Britain by Michael Leventhal and Richard Goldstein reviewed by Judith Mirzoeff • Ross Bradshaw reviews Moshe Kulbak's The Zelmenyaners • Amos Oz: Between Friends Deborah Brooks's review • Synagogues in Lithuania and Jewish Communities and Their Synagogues in Bulgariareviewed by Sharman Kadish • The Pope's Jews in Provence reviewed by Janet Levin • Danny Abse's Speak Old Parrot reviewed by Stephen Wilson

POETRY CHOICE

 Liz Cashdan chooses poems by Louise Green and Sir Arnold Wesker

LAST WORDS

 You can never be a knaker in Yiddish Helen Beer expands your Yiddish vocabulary

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