JULY 2017


ROCK AND ROLL: GIBRALTAR'S JEWS FACE THE FUTURE

In this issue we take you to balmy Gibraltar to uncover the distinctive culture of its Jewish community. You’ll also find novelist Paul Bailey discussing Primo Levi’s book If This is a Man and Colin Shindler debating the role of the Jewish Legion. Readers can explore the world of the medieval Cairo Genizah; hear choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s views on the culture of boycott; and discover the story behind a play about the secret deals of the Oslo peace process.


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“Jews, Catholics, Muslims and Hindus live side by side and get along”

Despite differences over religious practice and Brexit worries, Gibraltar’s Jewish community enjoys a harmonious existence. Rebecca Taylor speaks to the residents of this sun-drenched peninsula.

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WHAT'S NEW

Judi Herman speaks to Nicholas Hytner; Hester Abrams on plans for Willesden Jewish Cemetery; and the first all-Yiddish film in 70 years

FEATURES

A pioneering science project is uncovering the origins of human beings, reports David Weizman

Colin Shindler argues that the creation of the Jewish Legion was crucial in securing the Balfour Declaration

PASSPORT

Gibraltar We uncover the Rock’s Jewish history with its vibrant mix of Spanish, Moroccan and English traditions, and speak to the current community about life after Brexit

THEATRE

Judi Herman on Oslo, a play that reveals the secret deals that went on behind 1993’s peace process

DANCE

Israeli artists are welcome at Sadler’s Wells, finds Judi Herman

MUSIC

A requiem pioneers a new way of creating music to honour chamber music champion Pamela Majaro

ART

The gay artists who dared to push the gender boundaries

EXHIBITION

Ernest Rodker tells Peter Watts about his radical roots

BOOKS

Paul Bailey on Primo Levi’s If This is a Man; Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky on East End Jewish Cemeteries; and reviews of: Beyond the Balfour Declaration by Leslie Turnberg; S. An-sky’s 1915 Diary; Christian and Jewish Women Living in Britain, 1880-1940 by Anne Summers; Meir Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Jewish Fiction by David Gantt Gurley; Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega Medina; Ark of Civilisation: Refugee Scholars and Oxford University, 1930-45, edited by Sally Crawford and others; A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert; The Hebrew Republic, Israel’s Return to History by Colin Shindler; Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen

THE MODERNISTS

Adrian Whittle uncovers a Jaffa gem

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Danielle Goldstein interviews the Iraqi musician Yair Delal; David Conway uncovers the Cairo Genizah; Bettina Caro on Tangier in the 50s

WHAT'S HAPPENING

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

FAMILY

Amy Winehouse-inspired events at The Jewish Museum London

TRY THIS

Our round-up of the best summer festivals

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