Ben Uri


This touring exhibition curated by the Ben Uri Gallery returns home. Born in Birmingham to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, David Bomberg spent his formative years in London’s East End amongst the Whitechapel Boys. He went on to become one of the 20th century’s leading British artists, engaging in Yiddish culture, contributing to pre-war British modernism, working as a war artist during World Wars I and II, and much more besides. This exhibition documents the painter’s life and achievements in chronological order. 
Until 16 September.

NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. 


Embassy of Germany

Finchleystrasse: German Artists in Exile in Great Britain, 1933-1945 and Jewish Life in Germany Today

To commemorate the November Pogroms of 1938 and the beginning of the Kindertransport to Britain, the German Embassy presents two exhibitions. Curated by the Ben Uri Gallery, Finchleystrasse focuses on work by German Jewish artists who had to flee Nazi Germany, while Jewish Life in Germany Today provides insight into Germany’s thriving and diverse Jewish community through poster artwork.
NB: The next open day is 13 September, 4-8.30pm; registration essential.
Until 27 September.

Public access on open days only; phone for dates. SW1X 8PZ. 020 7824 1300. 


Etz Chayim Gallery

Jamie Kiltie

Young photographic artist on various subjects.
Until 2 October. 

Viewing by appointment: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, HA6 3AA. 019 2382 2592. 


Jewish Museum

Comic Book Artists in Residence

Leading comic artists work on their own cartoons live at the museum, responding to the galleries and visitors. See them in action and you may just end up as a work of art. Artists include Zoom Rockman, Lucie Arnoux, Tasreen Rahman, Charlotte Bailey, Tom Berry, Matt Boyce, Taymah Anderson and Paul Shinn. Check the Jewish Museum website for details on who will be drawing and when. 
Until 16 September.

Jew(ish) Cartoons: Drawing from the Collection and Community

To coincide with their Comic Book Artists in Residence programme, the Jewish Museum presents a selection of drawings, cartoons and caricatures by Jewish artists. These works illustrate changing humour and social commentary from the early 20th century to today.
Until 17 September.

Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny

An immersive and playful exhibition about the tiny but tough fictional Gaul Astérix and his Jewish co-creator René Goscinny. Explore the unique imagination of Goscinny (brought to colourful life by illustrator Albert Uderzo) and discover his story, from a childhood in Argentina to a glittering career that began in New York and flourished in Europe. Featuring rare original scripts, storyboards, photographs, films, sketches, dressing-up stations, games and more. Read more about Astérix in the Jul 2018 issue of JR.
Until 30 September.

NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. 


National Portrait Gallery

Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939

An installation of classic photographs and rarely seen images of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.
Until 7 October.

WC2H 0HE. 020 7306 0055. 


Peltz Gallery

Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin

A multimedia exhibition inspired by the landscapes inhabited throughout the life of German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayist Walter Benjamin. Text, photography and film takes visitors on a journey from the place of Benjamin’s birth in Berlin to Capri and Naples, where he spent the formative years of his life. The exhibition ends in Cataluñya, northern Spain, where Benjamin died while fleeing the Nazis in 1940. Day for Night documents the lasting legacy of Benjamin’s work nearly 80 years after his death.
Until 27 October

Birkbeck School of Arts, WC1H 0PD.


Tate Britain

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War I

Tate marks 100 years since the end of World War I with an exploration of the impact the war had on British, German and French art. Featuring work by George Grosz and Otto Dix that exposes the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society; Fernand Léger and CRW Nevinson that reveals visions of the future as society began to rebuild itself; and Hannah Höch and André Masson, who were instrumental in the birth of dada and surrealism. Plus Picasso, Winifred Knights and many more.
Until 23 September.

Mark Gertler

A selection of works by influential British artist Mark Gertler. Born to Austrian Jewish parents in London’s East End, Gertler studied at the Slade School of Art, before becoming a key figure in London’s avant-garde art scene between the wars. Guest-curated by Ben Uri’s Sarah MacDougall, featuring one of Ben Uri’s 11 Gertlers: Rabbi and Rabbitzin.
Until 21 October.

SW1P 4RG. 020 7887 8888. 


Trafalgar Square

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

A 14-foot-long winged bull sits atop the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This recreation of Lamassu, the stone deity that once protected the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh until Isis destroyed it in 2015, comes from the mind of Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. Inspired by the homeland of his mother’s family – who emigrated to the US from Iraq in 1946, fleeing as Arab Jews – and the recipes of his Iraqi-Jewish grandmother, Rakowitz used 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans to cover the statue.
Until 2020. 

WC2N 5DN. 020 7983 4750. 



Sunday 16 September

West London Synagogue Book Club

The WLS book group meets monthly to talk about literature that has a connection to Jewish culture or religion. This month they’ll be discussing King Dido by Jewish writer Alexander Baron. This is the tale of a struggling family, set at the turn of the 20th century in the impoverished East End.

6pm. FREE. The Prince Regent in Marylebone, W1U 5JN.


Thursday 20 September

Judith Kerr and Michael Foreman in Conversation

A discussion between the two children’s authors about the inspirations behind some of their most loved books. The pair also reveal what it’s like writing for children on wartime experiences, why it is important to pass on history to children, and the emotive power of telling stories.

7-8.15pm. £15. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.



Sunday 16 September

Open Day: Willesden Jewish Cemetery

A showcase of plans for the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported ‘House of Life’. Focus talks on key historical figures, guided walks and opportunities to learn about volunteering to help conserve and open up the heritage of London’s preeminent Victorian Jewish Grade II cemetery. Plus Q&As and author signings with Derek Taylor on Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler – The Forgotten Founder; Rebecca Abrams on Mark Gertler’s painting Gilbert Cannan and his Mill; Diana Davis on the Rothschilds of Gunnersbury. Also guided walks in the grounds. Phone for exact timings. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

8am-5pm. Donations. Willesden Cemetery, NW10 2JE. 020 8343 8989.


Sunday 23 September

Open Doors: Bevis Marks Synagogue

See inside Britain’s oldest synagogue at this open day, as part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

10am-2pm. FREE. Bevis Marks Synagogue, EC3A 5DQ. 020 7621 1188.


Open Doors: New West End Synagogue

See inside one of Britain’s oldest synagogues still in use at this open day, as part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

10am-2pm. FREE. New West End Synagogue, W2 4LB. 020 7229 2631


Sunday 30 September

Westminster Chai

The synagogue’s annual day of learning and new experiences. At Westminster Chai they welcome over 20 speakers to run different sessions for all ages. This year’s Chai will celebrate Simchat Torah and the end of a 60th anniversary year.

11am-9pm. £15 (per adult). Westminster Synagogue, SW7 1BX.


Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 September

UKJF: Paradise

A Russian woman in a concentration camp crosses paths with an SS officer who once fell madly in love with her.

Times vary. £6-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.   


Sunday 23 September

The Jay Rayner Quartet

Rayner and his band perform Songs of Food and Agony. Featuring food-themed songs from the Great American songbook, including Cantaloupe Island, Black Coffee, One For My Baby and Save the Bones. Plus standards from the likes of Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg.

9.15pm. £20. Brasserie Zédel, W1F 7ED.


Tsvey Kipperim

Two members of the multi-award-winning septet Don Kipper branch off for their own project, Tsvey Kipperim. Daniel Gouly and Josh Middleton delve into the eshama (spirit) of Jewish music with wit and sadness in equal measure. They take audiences on an odyssey through the bridens, rkishers, eylekhs a hoks at the very core of the klezmer repertoire.

8pm. £10. Green Note, NW1 7AN.


Sunday 16 September

What the Future Should Hold for Halachic Judaism

Lecture and panel discussion with Rabbi Nathan Cardozo, who’ll be questioning the limits of Halachic authority and moral courage.

7.45pm. £5. North-west London location revealed upon purchase.


Thursday 20 September

Kehillah Advice

Discussion and advice regarding legal issues.

11.30am-2pm. FREE. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP.


Wednesday 26 September

Curator’s Talks: Astérix in Britain

To coincide with the museum’s immersive exhibition about Astérix and his Jewish co-creator René Goscinny, hear the curator reveal the behind-the-scenes story of Goscinny and his beloved comics.

2-2.30pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.  


Until Saturday 29 September

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

Based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film, this new production follows a Broadway run that closed in 2009. Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he must make some snap decisions. Should he run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or continue to experiment with reanimating the dead? Read our review of Young Frankenstein on the JR blog.
7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 3pm (Wed & Sun only). £25-£121.90. Garrick Theatre, WC2H 0HH. 


Until Saturday 6 October

Exit the King

Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life, Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life. Patrick Marber directs his new version of Eugène Ionesco’s great tragi-comedy with Rhys Ifans in the title role and Indira Varma as his first Queen. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2pm (matinee dates vary). £15-£50. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000.


Until Saturday 20 October

The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles in a play about the Jewish family and company that changed the world. Told in three parts; the acting trio plays the Lehman brothers, sons and grandsons as they document the rise and fall of the fourth largest investment bank in the United States, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Listen to our interview with actor Adam Godley on JR OutLoud.

All performances are currently sold out, but tickets will be available on the day in person from the box office (at 9.30am) and during Friday Rush, when a number of £20 tickets are released for all NT shows every Friday at 1pm.

7pm, 1pm (Tue & Sat only). £15-£67. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000. 


Until Saturday 29 September

Square Rounds

As part The Great War 100 season, The Finborough present the first production of Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds in nearly 30 years. The story follows Fritz Haber, a German Jewish chemist, has been ordered by the Kaiser to develop a deadly poison gas to help Germany win the First World War. Despite the protestations of his wife, Haber hopes that his new invention will be an opportunity to escape his status as an outsider in German society. Little does he know, however, that his invention will go on to be used to exterminate his own people in the Holocaust just 25 years later. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Sun; and Sat from 15 Sep). £18-£20, £16-£18 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 084 4847 1652.


Until Saturday 6 October

Holy Sh!t

To launch Kilburn’s Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle) Alexis Zegerman’s new show premieres. Holy Sh!t follows a Jewish couple, Simone and Sam, a pair of 40-somethings trying desperately to get their daughter into the local Church of England school. Read more about Holy Sh!t in the Jul 2018 issue of JR and read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 7pm (10 & 12 Sep only), 2.30pm (Wed & Sat from 15 Sep). £10-£32.50. Kiln Theatre, NW6 7JR. 020 7328 1000.


Until Saturday 20 October

One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes

To honour the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death, the theatre that bears his name is putting on a season of the great man's one-act plays. Running until February 2019, all 20 of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's short plays will be performed. Opening the season is a dynamic collection of Pinter’s most political pieces, directed by Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams. One for The Road is about a ruthless government official; The New World Order explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of freedom and democracy; the suppression of ideas and supposed threat of non-conformity is explored in Mountain Language; and Ashes to Ashes paints a disturbing portrait of man's obsession with dominance. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm (Tue, Fri & Sat), 2.30pm (Thu only). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615.


Until Saturday 20 October

The Lover / The Collection

Jamie Lloyd directs these playful and provocative shorts for the Pinter at the Pinter season of late playwright's one-act plays. The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances, while The Collection delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat only & 9 Oct). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615.


Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 September

Tony Adigun's Fagin’s Twist

A twist on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, presented by the Avant Garde Dance Company. Fagin’s Twist reveals the untold story of this notorious, complex, and perhaps misunderstood villain. Choreographer Tony Adigun imagines the story of Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort and fairy-tale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-of-age tale. Read our review of Fagin’s Twist at The Place in 2016 on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 1pm (Wed only). £20, £13 concs. The Place, WC1H 9PY. 020 7121 1100. 


Wednesday 26 September – Saturday 22 December


Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's legendary Broadway musical comedy about life, love and marriage gets refreshing rework by Elliott & Harper Productions, directed by Marianne Elliott. The lead role of Bobby has been reimagined as Bobbi, a 35-year-old woman who’s family and friends can’t understand why she’s still single. Featuring Sondheim's iconic songs, ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’, ‘Being Alive’, and ‘Side by Side’.

7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). £79.50-£124.50. Gielgud Theatre, W1D 6AR.


Thursday 26 – Saturday 29 September

The Pass

New York-based Jewish singer-songwriter Denise Marsa premiers her new biographical show. Best known for featuring on Dean Friedman’s hit single Lucky Stars, now you can learn more about Marsa through songs and stories from her life.

7.30pm. £25, £20 adv, £15 concs. The Playground Theatre, W10 6RQ. 020 8960 0110.


Sunday 16 September

Royal Connections

Explore Westminster and follow in the footsteps of British monarchs past and present. Through churches, palaces and parks you’ll discover some background to 'The Firm' and at the same time uncover Jewish connections through friendships, heritage and honours bestowed.

11am-1pm. £15. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384.


Sunday 23 September

Multi-Faith Walk

A walk through different faith venues in central Ilford, starting at Holocaust Memorial Gardens in Valentines Park.

1-4.15pm. FREE. Holocaust Memorial Gardens, IG1 4SB. 020 8708 2478.


Until Wednesday 26 September

Mixed Voices Choir

A weekly Wednesday rehearsal for a choir learning a repertoire of Jewish and Israeli music. The evening is open to all (who can sing in pitch), Jewish or otherwise. Classical singer, pianist and choral conductor Sarit Aloni will lead the group.

7-9pm. First two classes free, after that £tbc depending on numbers. Wimbledon (address revealed upon contact). 

Sunday 16 September

Storytelling and Feelings

This workshop with Mickey Yudkin will explore the creative potential of storytelling, examine why we create narratives and how the act of storytelling is related to our emotional needs and experiences. Look at a fairy tale and a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer to inspire your own stories. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

1.30-5pm. £22. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.



Sunday 30 September

The Rothschilds and Waddesdon: A Jewish Heritage Tour

Join a knowledgeable guide for an introductory tour exploring the Jewish heritage of the Rothschilds. Learn about the family’s rise from modest beginnings in the Frankfurt ghetto and their legacy at Waddesdon.

10.45-11.30am. Free with museum adm. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH. 012 9682 0414.


Rothschildshire: Building Like a Rothschild

With uncles and cousins already owning properties in the area, Baron Ferdinand was not the first in the family to build in the Vale of Aylesbury. Enjoy an introduction into the building of Waddesdon, its collection and gain an insight into the architecture and collections of nearby Rothschild houses.

1pm & 2pm. Free with museum adm. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH. 012 9682 0414.



Friday 21 September

Meet the Author: George Culling

George Culling was a 19-year-old Lancaster navigator during World War II and has collated his experiences and those of his comrades into a book. He’ll be signing said book – Tales of Lancasters and Other Aircraft: Dangerous Skies in the Second World War – at IWM Duxford.

11am-1pm & 2-4pm. FREE. Imperial War Museum Duxford, CB22 4QR. 012 2383 5000.



Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Lest We Forget?

A look at the commemoration of war as a fluid concept, one that spans personal mantelpiece memorials, community tributes and state commemorations. The display includes a photograph of a body selected for The Unknown Warrior – two graves of unidentified British and French soldiers buried at Westminster Abbey and Arc de Triomphe to remember the unknown dead – and the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s War Horse.
Until 24 February 2019. 

M17 1TZ. 016 1836 4000.  


Sunday 23 September

Heritage Walk: Jewish Manchester

In the 19th century Manchester’s Jewish community settled in areas close to Victoria Station (Strangeways, Red Bank and Lower Cheetham). Whilst the community has now moved out to the city suburbs, evidence of the city’s first Jewish communities still exists today. Starting at the museum, guides will take walkers around the streets of Lower Cheetham, where Manchester’s Jewish community first began.

1-3pm. £7. Manchester Jewish Museum, M8 8LW. 084 3208 0500.



Sunday 23 September

Esther Rantzen: That's Life

A celebration of Dame Esther Rantzen’s 50th year in broadcasting. The award-winning broadcaster, philanthropist and campaigner announces her debut live UK tour, which will see her and her daughter – the presenter and journalist Rebecca Wilcox – take a look back at their illustrious careers, as well as offering up a candid insight into their family and personal life.

7.30pm. £23.50. Theatre Royal, Winchester, SO23 8SB.



Tate Liverpool

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman

A decade on from Tate Liverpool’s acclaimed Klimt exhibition, it brings together the work of his radical protégé, Egon Schiele (1890–1918), with the striking photography of Francesca Woodman (1958–1981). Both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which, at such close quarters, offer an intense viewing experience and a new perspective on their powerful works.
Until 23 September.

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

To celebrate the centenary of World War I, the Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial commissioned Sir Peter Blake to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in the style of British warship. The term ‘dazzling’ came from the abstract and angular shapes used during WWI to camouflage the underside of boats so that enemy submarines couldn’t tell which direction they were going in. Blake’s dazzle ship, other wise known as Snowdrop, will be sailing on the Mersey until 2019.
Until 6 April 2019. 

L3 4BB. 015 1702 7400. 


Sunday 16 September

Heritage Open Day: Deane Road Cemetery

Located in the Kensington area of Liverpool, Deane Road Cemetery was used as a formal burial ground between 1835 and 1929. Four tours will run throughout the day, no booking necessary.

10am-4pm. FREE. Deane Road Cemetery, Liverpool, L7 0ET. 709 3431.


Heritage Open Day: Princes Road Synagogue

Book yourself onto one of these three pre-arranged tours.

10am-4pm. FREE. Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, L8 1TG. 709 3431.


Until Thursday 27 September

Israeli Dancing

A weekly workshop in Israeli dance traditions, taking place every Thursday. Phone to confirm the class is on before attending.
7.30-9pm. £5. Jewish Community Centre, King David Campus, Liverpool, L15 6WU. 



Until Saturday 22 September

Sweet Charity

Nottingham Playhouse produces its first musical in over 10 years with Sweet Charity. From director Bill Buckhurst – with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields – this new staging follows the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine (Rebecca Trehearn), a dancer in a sleazy New York bar. Charity is used to a series of duds when it comes to guys, but a chance meeting in a broken-down lift with Oscar (Marc Elliott) turns her luck around.

7.30pm, 1.30pm (Thu only), 2.30pm (Sat only). £8.50-£45. Nottingham Playhouse, NG1 5AF. 0115 941 9419.



Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Steven Berkoff: Gorbals 1966

This never before seen body of work covers a period in the autumn of 1966, when Steven Berkoff was an actor with The Citizens Theatre. In the days he had off, he would be out exploring with his camera, using that time to photograph the environment around The Citizens. See the captivating results here.
Until 16 September. 

G1 5HD. 014 1552 2151.



Sunday 16 September

Open Doors: Middle Street Synagogue

Discover this Grade II listed building, which was established in 1875. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

2.30-4.30pm. Donation. Middle Street Synagogue, Brighton, BN1 1AD. 012 7341 0365.


Until Tuesday 25 September

Chutzpah Choir

A weekly Yiddish singing class led by Polina Shepherd on most Tuesdays. Phone to confirm the class is on before attending.
11am-1pm. Hove (contact for exact venue details). 012 7347 4795. 


Israeli Dancing

A weekly Israeli dance class that takes place every Tuesday. 

7.45-9.45pm. Phone for prices. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. 012 7368 8538. 



Sunday 23 September

Heritage Open Day: Cardiff Reform Synagogue

Hear talks on the synagogue's history and Judaism. Plus view the sanctuary, windows (as seen in the book Biblical Art from Wales), the Ark, a Torah scroll and other features.

10.30am-3pm. FREE. Cardiff Reform Synagogue, CF24 0EJ.