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ART

Ben Uri

A Necessary Fiction

A new exhibition of artwork by ceramicist Basil Olton, which explores the untold history of anti-imperialist black activism in interwar London. A Necessary Fiction is displayed as part of Black History Month.
3 October – 4 November


200 Selected Acquisitions Since 2001

A revolving show highlighting the famous and those masters whose careers were cut short owing to forced exile. All have been acquired in the past 17 years by Ben Uri.
4 December 2018 – 24 March 2019

NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. www.benuri.org.uk


Etz Chayim Gallery

Marcia Kuperberg

A range of mixed media, delicate watercolours and vivid oil paintings of animals and landscapes.

Until 12 November. Viewing by appointment: caroleannek17@gmail.com. Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, HA6 3AA. 019 2382 2592. www.npls.org.uk/etzchayim.htm 


Imperial War Museum

Poppies: Weeping Window

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below. Wave (showing in Manchester) is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. Both sculptures are by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and represent the British or Colonial life lost at the front during World War I.
Until 18 November


Renewal: Life After the First World War

Through a collection of photographs, discover the innovation and resourcefulness that shaped the rebuilding and regeneration of the world after World War I. See the resilience and creativity at hand in times of great change.
Until 31 March 2019


I Was There: Room of Voices

In this immersive sound installation, 32 people who fought and lived through World War I share their personal stories of the Armistice that was declared at 11am on 11 November 1918. 
Until 31 March 2019


African Soldier

This multi-screen installation by artist John Akomfrah remembers the millions of African men and women who participated in World War I. Projected onto three screens, the artwork combines a powerful sound score, historic footage and newly filmed footage shot by Akomfrah.
Until 31 March 2019


Moments of Silence

An immersive installation exploring the origins, history and future of remembrance rituals. Moments of Silence combines animation, light projection, sound and space to present different forms of remembrance, from the first ever recorded silence at the 1929 Cenotaph Remembrance Service to present-day silences at Everest Base Camp and HMS Ambush.
Until 31 March 2019

SE1 6HZ. 020 7323 4700. www.iwm.org.uk


Jewish Museum

Maya Attoun: The Charms of Frankenstein

A new installation created by artist Maya Attoun especially for the Jewish Museum London. Based on Attoun’s recent project entitled 2018, The Charms of Frankenstein celebrates the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel.
Until 4 November


Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Presented simultaneously at Jewish Museum London and The Photographers’ Gallery, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered is the first UK retrospective of Russian-born American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897–1990). As a photographer he’s best known for having created one of the most widely recognised and reproduced photographic records of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. Featuring many of his most iconic works, this comprehensive exhibition further introduces recently discovered and lesser-known chapters of his career, from the early 1920s to the late 1970s.
25 October 2018 – 24 February 2019

NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk 


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. www.npg.org.uk 


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. www.bbk.ac.uk/arts 


The Photographer’s Gallery

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

See Jewish Museum London listing for info.
25 October – 24 February

W1F 7LW. 020 7087 9300. www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk


Royal Academy of Art

Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

Rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.
4 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

W1J 0BD. www.royalacademy.org.uk


Tate Britain

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. www.tate.org.uk 


Tate Modern

Anni Albers

A chance to see the beautifully intricate and Modernist textiles woven by German Jewish artist Anni Albers. Born in Berlin in 1899, Albers studied and worked at the Bauhaus and survived the Holocaust (along with her husband Joseph) thanks to a teaching residency at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina. This will be the first major exhibition of Albers’ work in the UK.
Until 27 January 2019

SE1 9TG. www.tate.org.uk


Trafalgar Square

The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

A 14-foot-long winged bull sitting atop Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. 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. www.london.gov.uk 


Wiener Library

Shattered: Pogrom, November 1938

Through the eyewitness accounts gathered shortly after Kristallnacht, this exhibition examines responses to the unprecedented, nation-wide campaign of violence. Never before seen documents from the library’s collection illustrate German and Austrian Jews’ desperate attempts to flee, in many cases as refugees to Britain.
3 October 2018 – 15 February 2019

WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

BOOKS & POETRY

Thursday 11 October

So They Call You Pisher!

Jewish author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will be discussing his memoir, So They Call You Pisher! The book details Rosen’s childhood surrounded by Communists (mainly his parents), a life-changing trip to East Germany in the 50s and Jewish London.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Tuesday 16 October 

Freud’s Sculptor: The Life and Works of Oscar Nemon

Aurelia Young launches her new book Finding Nemon, a biography about her father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon. In 1931, a Jewish boy from Croatia persuaded a reluctant Sigmund Freud to sit for him in Vienna. This young man was Oscar Nemon and the bust he made of Freud can be seen in the study at the Freud Museum.

8.30pm. £9-£11. Freud Museum, NW3 5SX. 020 7435 2002. www.freud.org.uk 


Wednesday 17 October

Jews, Horns and the Devil

Anton Felton launches his new book that explores, via artworks and cartoons, the myth of the antisemitic trope that Jews have horns. He’ll be joined by Goldsmiths sociology professor David Hirsh, who’ll look at contemporary antisemitism in the UK.

7.30pm. £10. Central Synagogue, W1W 6NW. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org 


Tuesday 23 October

Churchill and the Jews

The launch of Andrew Roberts’ book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. Richard Cohen will be there to speak about it, as he was involved in the research and proofing of the book.

8.30pm. £3. Edgware United Synagogue, HA8 8YE. https://myus.theus.org.uk 


Tuesday 30 October

Max Hastings: Vietnam – An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

Jewish Book Week hosts an evening with British journalist, foreign correspondent and former editor of the Evening Standard, Sir Max Hastings.

7pm. £16.50. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk 


Wednesday 31 October

Encounters with Albion

Join Anthony Greville in celebrating the launch of his new book. Encounters with Albion draws on a wide range of cases to show the ways in which Jewish refugees running from Hitler perceived and depicted their (often somewhat reluctant) British hosts.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Wednesday 7 November  

Michael Baum in Conversation

An evening with author Michael Baum about his new novel, Aaron’s Rod.

7-10pm. £20. Westminster Synagogue, SW7 1BX. events@westminstersynagogue.org. www.westminstersynagogue.org


Tuesday 13 – Sunday 25 November

Art and Art Book Sale

A chance to buy wonderful art books and artwork for reasonable prices. Art and art books available include works by and about Sandra Blow, Horace Brodzky, Keith Grant, Ian Hay, Jacob Kramer, Mane-Katz, Scottie Wilson and Edward Wolfe. All funds go towards the Ben Uri Gallery’s exhibition and wellbeing programmes.

10am-5.30pm (Mon-Tue), 11am-5pm (Sat & Sun). FREE. Ben Uri, NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. www.benuri.org.uk 


Thursday 15 November

Austerity Baby

A presentation and reading from Janet Wolff about her recently published book, Austerity Baby.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Monday 19 November

Poet in the City: Sam Sax

Sam Sax is a queer Jewish poet and educator. In an engaging evening of discussion interspersed with live poetry, Sax brings his diverse and inquisitive body of work to Kings Place to question the complexities of mental health, queer preconceptions and stories of the Jewish diaspora.

7pm. £12.50, £9.50 concs. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk 


Tuesday 11 December

Uprooted

Harif co-founder Lyn Julius discusses her book, Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight. Read our review of Uprooted in the April 2018 issue of JR.

Phone for times and prices. B’nai B’rith, Edgware Synagogue, HA8 8YE. 020 8958 7508. www.harif.org


COMEDY

Wednesday 31 October

New Jewish Comedian of the Year: Heat

Watch some of the UK’s finest new Jewish comedians compete for laughs. In this battle of the comics, acts will present their routines in the hope of bagging a place in the final.

7.30pm. £5. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Thursday 29 November – Tuesday 4 December

UK Jewish Comedy Festival

Catch all the latest in Jewish comedy at this annual festival. See stand-up, sit-down, story-led, musical humour and much more. Featuring a World Tour of Jewish Comedy via three comics in one show (29 Nov) and jokes from a rabbi, imam and priest (2 Dec).

Times and prices vary. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Tuesday 4 December

New Jewish Comedian of the Year: Final

Simon Brodkin hosts this finale of the battle of the comics competition to see which newbie will take top spot.

7.30pm. £12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


FAMILY

Sunday 14 October

Open Doors: Sandys Row Synagogue

See inside this Grade II-listed synagogue, which was founded in 1854 by Dutch Jewish families. The event features live klezmer music, poetry and storytelling. Plus a talk by social historian Rachel Lichtenstein. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days and Kosher refreshments will be available.

3-6pm. FREE. Sandys Row Synagogue, E1 7HW. 079 6638 7456. www.sandysrowsynagogue.org  


Open Doors: Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue

See inside Holland Park’s 1928 synagogue, as part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days. Booking essential.

10.30am. FREE. Holland Park Synagogue, W11 4RB. 020 7603 7961. www.hollandparksynagogue.com 


Thursday 18 November

Mitzvah Day

Volunteer for a variety of great causes, including making welcome booklets for refugees and baking food for shelters for the homeless.

Times vary. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Sunday 2 December

Imahot v’Avot Chanukah

An afternoon of music, craft and soft play for under-8s with one or more parents who identify as LGBTQ+. For ages up to 8.

3-5pm. £5, children free. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


K’mo B’bayit Chanukah

An Israeli-themed get-together to celebrate Chanukah, with music, candles and festivities. For ages 2-6.

3-4.15pm. £5.50 children, £2.50 adults, under-2s free. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Monday 3 – Thursday 6 December

Chanukah Light Ups

Four days of family-friendly crafts, music, candle-lighting, doughnuts and festivities.

4.30-5.30pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Sunday 9 December

Chanukah Funukah

A family extravaganza with doughnuts, face painting, crafts, music and a bouncy castle.

2-4.30pm. £7 children, £3 adults, £16 family. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


FILM

Sunday 7 October

Richmond Synagogue Film Club: Noah’s Ark

A monthly film club in south London. This screening features one of the many big screen adaptations of the biblical story of Noah from the Book of Genesis. Places must be reserved by emailing ivor.deitsch@btconnect.com.

2.30pm. £5 donation. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP. www.rjch.org.uk 


Sunday 4 November

Richmond Synagogue Film Club: The Red Tent

A monthly film club in south London. This screening features Paula Weinstein and Roger Young’s two-part miniseries, which originally aired in 2014 and tells the story of Dinah, the only daughter of Leah and Jacob. Places must be reserved by emailing ivor.deitsch@btconnect.com.

2.30pm. £5 donation. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP. www.rjch.org.uk 


Thursday 8 – Thursday 22 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. Over the fortnight they’ll be showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include the closing night gala with Eric Barbier’s Promise at Dawn, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays an overbearing Jewish mother (22 Nov); 100 Faces, Benjamin Till’s BAFTA-nominated musical short about what it means to be Jewish (11-14 Nov); and US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (13-22 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org 


Sunday 2 December

Richmond Synagogue Film Club: Defiance

A monthly film club in south London. This screening features Edward Zwick’s 2008 action drama, about Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, who escape into the Belarussian forest and join Russian resistance fighters. Places must be reserved by emailing ivor.deitsch@btconnect.com beforehand.

2.30pm. £5 donation. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP. www.rjch.org.uk


MUSIC

Sunday 7 October, Sunday 4 November & Sunday 2 December

Monthly Klezmer Jam Session

A free monthly jam session led by a name at the forefront of the contemporary klezmer scene, Ilana Cravitz. As well as gigging regularly with her band London Klezmer Quartet, Cravitz performs with Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band, Klezmers Tsvey and Hopkele Klezmer Keilidhs. Join in or just watch; all abilities welcome. 

8-10.30pm. FREE. The Harrison, WC1H 8JF. www.londonklezmerquartet.com 


Wednesday 10 October

My Journey: German Cabaret, French Singing and the Piano

Brian Bertscher and Richard Calder (piano) perform Gershwin, Hollander, de Curtis and more, journeying from London to Germany via Johannesburg.

6.30-8pm. Phone for prices. Putney Library, SW15 2DR. 020 8780 3085.


Thursday 11 October

Handel’s Solomon

This magnificent oratorio premiered at Covent Garden Theatre (now the Royal Opera House) in 1749 and this October it finally returns. Solomon is based on stories from the Old Testament First Book of Kings and Second Book of Chronicles that celebrate the king’s wisdom, with additional material from Flavius Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews. Conductor Christian Curnyn leads the Royal Opera Chorus, musicians from the Early Opera Company Orchestra and soloists. Plus countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, soprano Sophie Bevan, mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, baritone Richard Burkhard and tenor Ed Lyon.

7.30pm. £25-£65. Royal Opera House, WC2E 9DD. www.roh.org.uk 


Saturday 27 October

Shlock Rock

An evening of music: parodies of old rock tunes, as well as new music by Lenny Solomon.

8.15pm. £15, £10 children. Woodford Forest United Synagogue, E18 2QZ. https://myus.theus.org.uk 


Monday 5 November

The Ronnie Scott’s Story

The Ronnie Scott’s Quintet comes to JW3 to tell the story of a young East End Jewish boy rising to success through jazz. Featuring live jazz, narration and archive photos.

8pm. £20. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Sunday 11 November

Rosamunde Trio

Martino Tirimo (piano), Ben Sayevich (violin) and Daniel Veis (cello) present a programme to mark the Armistice centenary. They’ll be playing music that takes listeners back to World War I, balanced with transcendent music of beauty and hope. Tirimo is joined by Atsuko Kawakami to play Casella’s Pages of War, a short but dramatic work dating from 1915. Also featuring will be pieces by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Boulanger.

6.30pm. £14.50, £9.50 concs. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk 


Sunday 18 November

Brodsky Quartet

Daniel Rowland (violin), Ian Belton (violin), Paul Cassidy (viola) and Jacqueline Thomas (cello) pay tribute to the human courage that’s inspired composers through the ages, bringing together responses to wars from the last 100 years. Featuring Crumb’s Black Angels, Brubeck’s Regret, Schuloff’s String Quartet No.1, At the Grave of Beethoven by Karen Tanaka and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8.

6.30pm. £39.50 – £19.50. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk 


Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November

The Wolf of Baghdad and 3yin

Musician/artist Carol Isaacs – aka The Surreal McCoy – premieres her graphic memoir, The Wolf of Baghdad. Images from the book will be projected, while Isaacs performs alongside the band 3yin, a London outfit that plays the music of Jewish communities in the Middle East. After the Thursday performance and concert, the artists and musicians will be speaking about the artistic inspirations that have compelled them to create innovative new work based on their personal histories and heritage. Read more about the performance in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7pm. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk 


Thursday 22 November

Memorial Concert for the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport 

The Wiener Library presents a special memorial concert to mark 80 years since the devastation of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport rescue efforts that followed. The evening begins with a drinks reception at 7pm, with special guests including Dame Esther Rantzen DBE. The concert consists of an exclusive performance by two acclaimed German musicians who have come especially for this occasion: cellist Friederike Fechner and composer, conductor and pianist Mathias Husmann. Read more about the concert in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7-9pm. £30. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, NW8 7HA. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk 


Monday 3 December

Oi Va Voi

Fronted by their new singer Zohara Niddam, these major players in the Jewish music scene play to promote their new album. The septet mix dynamic rhythms and Western melodic sensibility with the folk music of their Jewish and East European heritage.

7-11pm. £14.85. Islington Assembly Hall, N1 2UD. www.jmi.org.uk 


Wednesday 5 December

Dreams of a Nation

A multimedia musical extravaganza starring Chazzan Jonny Turgel.

7.30pm. £15. Edgware United Synagogue, HA8 8YE. https://myus.theus.org.uk 


Sunday 9 December

Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus

Alyth Choral Society performs the oratorio with a full orchestra and soloists.

7pm. £18, under-16s free. Alyth Synagogue, NW11 7EN. www.alythchoralsociety.org 


Sunday 16 December

Bahla and the JMI Youth Big Band

Tzadik label jazz musician Sam Eastmond leads the JMI Youth Big Band, who fuse together music of Jewish origin and cutting edge contemporary jazz sounds. They support Bahla, a London outfit who draw on Jewish music traditions, from liturgical melodies to North African rhythms and Yiddish songs, seamlessly combining intimate chamber group textures and contemporary jazz.

2.30pm. £9, £5 under-12s. Radlett Reform Synagogue, WD7 7AA. 019 2385 6110. www.radlettreform.org.uk 


Monday 17 December

Bahla and the JMI Youth Big Band

See above for info. The Alyth Youth Singers will be opening the concert with a short programme of Chanukah songs.

7pm. £9. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


TALKS

Thursday 4 October

A Hellenistic Marble Statuette of a Maenad and the Cults of Dionysus and Kore at Samaria/Sebaste

A talk by Dr John Herrmann for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

6pm. FREE. Institute of Archaeology, WC1H OPY. 020 8349 5754. www.aias.org.uk 


Tuesday 9 October

The Anglo-Jewish Press in the 1840s

Geoffrey Cantor delivers this talk for the Herts & Middx branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. £3. Allum Lane Community Centre, Elstree, WD6 3PJ. https://jhse.org 


The Shifting Policy of British Internment and Deportation, 1939-1940

Naomi Levy, whose German-born father – then Hermann Gutmann – was deported to Australia on HMT Dunera, will talk about her father’s experience of internment there based on his 1941 diary. Plus Roger Kershaw, who has written extensively on immigration, emigration and aliens, will talk about the policy of internment during the World War II.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk 


Wednesday 10 October

Stories from the Museum Stores

A curator-led talk and a chance to handle objects that aren’t usually on display at the museum. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

3-4pm. FREE with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7392. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk 


Thursday 11 October

How did Rabbis of the Talmud Learn About Medicine?

Mark Geller (UCL) delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies.  

6.30pm. FREE. Roberts Building, UCL, WC1E 7JE. www.ucl.ac.uk/ijs 


Monday 15 October

Dr Gumpertz Levisohn: Physician and Maskil – The London Years (1770-1780)

Kenneth Collins delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies.  

6.30pm. FREE. Anatomy Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT. www.ucl.ac.uk/ijs 


Tuesday 16 October

The Female Doctors and Nurses of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp

During the Third Reich, a handful of female doctors and nurses worked at Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany. Some of these women assisted in the human experiments that took place there, administered lethal injections to prisoners and deliberately withheld medication. This talk looks at who these women were and how they ended up working at a concentration camp.

2.30-3.30pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Young World Jewish Relief: Real-Life Stories from Rwanda

Valentine Mukamuyenzi, the director of the Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association, reveals all the work her organisation has been doing with World Jewish Relief in Rwanda.

7-9pm. FREE. Airspace, W1D 2DR. www.worldjewishrelief.org 


Wednesday 17 October

Digging for Victory: Refugees in the Pioneer Corps in WWII

Helen Fry has researched and published widely on the 10,000 Jewish refugees who fought for Britain during the war. These included 6,000 who started out in the ‘alien’ Pioneer Corps, many having enlisted from internment. Many went on to see active service in wartime and made an extraordinary contribution to the defeat of National Socialism. Fry expands on their largely forgotten legacy.

6-8.30pm. £5. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Thursday 18 October

Curator’s Talk: Shattered – Pogrom, November 1938

The Wiener Library’s curators discuss their new exhibition, Shattered, about Kristallnacht. The collection features eyewitness accounts and previously unseen documents from the library’s collection to illustrate German and Austrian Jews’ desperate attempts to flee – in many cases arriving as refugees in Britain.

6-8.30pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Women of World Jewish Relief

The launch of Women of World Jewish Relief, a bold initiative through which the work of women in the UK will transform the lives of other women and girls around the world.

7-8pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. www.worldjewishrelief.org


Zionism and Jewish Identity

Jack Omer-Jackaman delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies.  

6.30pm. FREE. Roberts Building, UCL, WC1E 7JE. www.ucl.ac.uk/ijs 


Monday 22 October

Roundtable: 100,000 Lost – Child Victims of the Holocaust in Hungary

Tim Cole, Dan Stone and Gábor Kádár feature on the panel for this discussion about the Hungarian victims of the Holocaust.

6-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Monday 29 October

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Ceremony

An evening to remember the former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 23 years ago.

6.30-8pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Thursday 1 November

Medical Globetrotters and Persevering Women from Galicia

Over centuries, Jewish medical practitioners faced contrasting attitudes of their brethren or society at large: from admiration to suspicion. In this talk by Andrew Zalewski, he’ll reveal surprising details about these Jewish globetrotters and intellectual rebels brought to light through newly uncovered records.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Sunday 4 November

David Hillman Stained Glass Windows 

Professor David Newman OBE presents this tour and lecture about the stained glass windows created by David Hillman for many of London’s synagogues.

4pm. £10. Central Synagogue, W1W 6NW. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org 


Monday 5 November

UK Interfaith Summit

Coinciding with UK Interfaith Week, this summit is a unique event bringing together young people from diverse communities to connect with others. Along with workshops, panel discussions, talks and an exhibition, there will be a festive space for sharing food, music and conversation. The theme of this year’s Summit will be Intersectionality, Identity and Race.

3.30-9pm. £5-£9. Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A 3EA. https://faithbeliefforum.org 


Tuesday 6 November

Austria is Lost: British and Austrian Diplomats and their Experience of Anschluss

This talk looks at the months of heightening German Nazi antagonism and increasing Austrian isolation prior to Anschluss through the eyes of British and Austrian diplomats stationed in Vienna and London respectively.

3-4pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Secret Listeners of Trent Park

Helen Fry delivers this talk for the Herts & Middx branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. £3. Allum Lane Community Centre, Elstree, WD6 3PJ. https://jhse.org 


Wednesday 7 November

A Celebration of Ludwik Zamenhof

Pay tribute to the Polish Jewish linguist and creator of Esperanto.

7.30pm. £15, £12 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Thursday 8 November

Looking into the Abyss: Photos of Kristallnacht

While there are hundreds of written reports on the pogrom of November 1938 in Nazi Germany, there are only a few (mainly press) photographs in the archives of the Wiener Library. A closer look reveals that in nearly all the places where synagogues and shops were plundered, photos were taken. Some were made by press photographers, passersby or by the perpetrators – a few others even by Jews. In this talk, Christoph Kreutzmueller will discuss these photographs as historical sources and analyse different scenes, motifs, postures and perspectives.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Sunday 11 November

100 Years Since the End of the Great War

A lecture by Sir Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies at King’s College London.

8pm. FREE. Highgate United Synagogue, N6 4BJ. https://myus.theus.org.uk 


Global Day of Jewish Living

Discussions on the journeys that matter most to us, from ancient adventures to the modern diaspora; spiritual to physical; and individual to the collective Jewish people.

3-5pm. £15, £12 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Monday 12 November

Crohn’s and Colitis in the Jewish Community

Dr Steven Mann talks about how he supports those living with these conditions and innovative new treatments.

7-9pm. Phone for prices. Michael Sobell JCC, NW11 9DQ. 020 8922 2900. www.jewishcare.org 


Food and Alcohol in Iron-Age Israel and Judah: Archaeological Perspectives

A talk by Dr Rebekah Welton for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

6pm. FREE. Institute of Archaeology, WC1H OPY. 020 8349 5754. www.aias.org.uk 


Kristallnacht: Thoughts for the Future

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Niklas Frank explore their memories of the past and hopes for the future. Lasker-Wallfisch, one of the founding members of the English Chamber Orchestra, survived Auschwitz as a member of the women’s orchestra and Frank’s father was governor of Nazi-occupied Poland.

7.30pm. £15, £12 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Tuesday 13 November

Touring Ethiopia

Sybil Sheridan introduces the JR tours she will lead to Ethiopia in February and November 2019.

6pm. FREE. Edgware venue, contact tours@jewishrenaissance.org.uk for address details. www.jewishrenaissance.org.uk 


Thursday 15 November

Back to the Future: 125th Anniversary Event

The Institute of Jewish Studies celebrates its 125th anniversary with an evening of discussion. Featuring the president’s address entitled A Plea for Anglo-Jewish History.

6.30pm. FREE. UCL, WC1E 6BT. https://jhse.org 


Sunday 18 November

Who Helped Jewish Refugees Resettle?

A talk by Liran Morav on the essential role played by organisations and governments in the integration of Jews from Arab countries in France and the UK.

7.30pm. £10. Central Synagogue, W1W 6NW. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org 


Wednesday 21 November

Early Post-War Holocaust Knowledge and Jewish Missing Persons

Jan Lambertz delivers a talk about Jewish missing person reports filed in the early years of World War II, revealing how little was understood about the Nazi camps.

3-4pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Nietzsche, Soloveitchik and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy

A presentation by Rabbi Dr Michael Harris.

8-9.30pm. £20, £16 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November

The Origins of The Wiener Library

Find out about the origins of The Wiener Library, the world’s oldest archive of material on the Nazi era and the Holocaust. Featuring a talk and tour.

Phone for times and prices. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk


Tuesday 27 November

Satire

In the run-up to the UK Jewish Comedy Festival, two speakers discuss the art of satire. Featuring Jewish activist Joseph Finlay and illustrator/journalist Martin Rowson.

8pm. £10. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Tuesday 4 December

80 Years Since the First Kindertransport Train

Rebecca Singer, head of communications and community at World Jewish Relief, talks about the Kindertransport.

8pm. FREE. Highgate United Synagogue, N6 4BJ. https://myus.theus.org.uk 


Discover Your Family History

Hear more about the archives compiled by World Jewish Relief, as they reveal the amazing family stories that have been uncovered.

8pm. Donation on entry. Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, HA8 8AB. www.worldjewishrelief.org


Tuesday 11 December

The First Crusade: The Role of the Christian Church

A talk by Malcolm Billings for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

6pm. FREE. Institute of Archaeology, WC1H OPY. 020 8349 5754. www.aias.org.uk 


Thursday 13 December

What Was it Like to Be a Jewish Immigrant Nurse in Britain?

Dr Jane Brooks from the University of Manchester delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies.  

7pm. FREE. UCL, WC1E 6BT. https://jhse.org 


Tuesday 18 December

Holocaust and Lost Cultural and Urban Spaces in Modern Ukraine

Iryna Staravoyt, Maria Osborn and Asia Gefter lead this discussion.

7.30pm. £15, £12 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


THEATRE

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. https://nationaltheatre.org.uk 

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. https://kilntheatre.com 

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. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk 

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. www.pinteratthepinter.com

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. www.pinteratthepinter.com

Until Saturday 22 December

Company

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's legendary Broadway musical comedy about life, love and marriage gets a 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 whose 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. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/theatres/gielgud-theatre 

Thursday 11 October

The House of Julius Jacobs

See Jonathan Gillis’ first full-length play, based on a true story and performed as part of the Finborough’s Festival of Playwrights. Directed by Courtney Larkin, The House of Julius Jacobs details the emotional battles that its protagonist faces. As assistant chief secretary at the British Mandate and a staunch Zionist with Palestinian friends in high places, Julius must decide who his loyalties lie with as his situation grows ever more dangerous.

3pm. £5. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 012 2335 7851. www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk 

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

8pm. £20, £18 concs. Artsdepot, N12 0GA. 020 8369 5454. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 

Thursday 18 October

The Prince of West End Avenue

The octogenarian residents of a New York City retirement home are rehearsing a kosher production of Hamlet, when their leading man drops dead. Otto Korner seizes his chance to play the prince as his hidden past quickly comes to the fore. Adapted from Alan Isler’s novel.

7.30pm. £8. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 October

Medusa

A 20th-anniversary dance piece from the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Medusa examines the gendered historical significance of the myth, the symbolism of Medusa and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

7.30pm. £12-£32. Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN. http://jasminvardimon.com 

Thursday 25 October – Saturday 8 December 

Landscape / A Kind of Alaska

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 are being performed. Jamie Lloyd directs these two spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time. In Landscape, a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard, while A Kind of Alaska follows Deborah, who awakes from a 29-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds. Cast includes Tamsin Greig. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm (Mon, Wed & Fri), 2.30pm (Sat only). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615. www.pinteratthepinter.com


Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 24 November

Bury the Dead

The Finborough’s GREATWAR100 series culminates with Irwin Shaw’s 1936 expressionist anti-war masterpiece. Bury the Dead follows six dead soldiers, who refuse to lay down and die. The military are at a loss of what to do. The captains and generals attempt to persuade the men to be buried quietly, but quickly discover it’s difficult to negotiate with men who have nothing left to lose.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £18-£20, £16-£18 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 012 2335 7851. www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk 

Tuesday 30 October – Sunday 25 November

Sholem Aleichem in the Old Country 

South African performer Saul Reichlin’s one-man show based on the short stories of Sholem Aleichem, leading Yiddish author and playwright.

8pm (Tue-Sat), 1pm & 5pm (Sun). £14, £12 cocns. The Lion and Unicorn, NW5 2ED. www.lionandunicorntheatre.co.uk 

Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 3 November

Same Colour Tears

Salaam Shalom, a media and arts organisation, invite you to leave your preconceptions at the door and open your eyes, ears and heart. Using recorded testimonies from Palestinians, Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, Same Colour Tears explores the challenges of living life on both sides of the conflict and the need for dialogue across borders.

7.30pm. £15, £12 concs, £10 under-30s. The Bunker, SE1 1RU. www.samecolourtears.com 

Thursday 1 November – Saturday 8 December 

An Evening of Cabaret

Two Jewish drag shows in one night: Chanukah Lewinsky (7.30pm) and The Chronicles of Electra (9pm). First up, Chanukah Lewinsky travels west from Grodno for an hour of live art and poetry in a certain blue dress… Then, in a heartwarming tale, Electra Cute struggles to tell her queer friends she’s Jewish and her Jewish friends that she’s queer.

7.30pm & 9pm. £12, £20 (both shows). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Moonlight / Night School

Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian direct these shorts, respectively, for the Pinter at the Pinter season of late playwright's one-act plays. The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw but funny Moonlight. In Night School a 1960s East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. 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. www.pinteratthepinter.com


Sunday 4 November

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. £22.50. Leicester Square Theatre, WC2H 7BX. www.dameestherrantzen.com

Tuesday 6 November

KinderSang

A newly composed music theatre piece to commemorate the anniversary of the Kindertransport.

7.30pm. £12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Thursday 8 November

Liza Sings Streisand

Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida, returns with her latest show Liza Sings Streisand. Weaving together history, humour and harmonies, Pulman celebrates the songs of the great vocalist Barbra Streisand with her six-piece band, the Stardust Ensemble. Featuring much-loved classics, including ‘Evergreen’, ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘New York State of Mind’.

7.30pm. £22. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Tuesday 20 November – Saturday 9 February

Caroline, Or Change

This Olivier Award-winning musical mixes blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a beautiful, uplifting and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval spurred by the civil rights movement. Caroline Thibodeaux is an African American maid earning $30 a week in Louisiana, 1963, working for the Jewish Gellman family. Eight-year-old Noah Gellman visits Caroline in the basement as she washes and irons, but when he begins leaving loose change in his laundry, his stepmother Rose devises a deterrent with revealing and far-reaching consequences. Read our review of Caroline, Or Change on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). From £20. Playhouse Theatre, WC2N 5DE. 084 4871 7631. www.carolineorchange.co.uk

Friday 23 November 2018 – Saturday 9 March 2019

Fiddler On the Roof

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents Andy Nyman as Tevye in its major revival of one of the world’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. This is a new staging by Trevor Nunn of the classic story of the travails of Tevye the milkman, his wife and five daughters. The renowned soundtrack includes ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’.

8pm (Tue-Sat), 3.30pm (Sat & Sun). £45-£49.50, £39.50 concs. Menier Chocolate Factory, SE1 1RU. 020 7378 1713. www.menierchocolatefactory.com 

Thursday 13 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019 

The Room / Family Voices / Victoria Station

Patrick Marber directs these shorts for the Pinter at the Pinter season of late playwright's one-act plays, including Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room. An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the humorous Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices struggle to communicate. Cast includes Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat only; plus 27 Dec & 4 Jan). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615. www.pinteratthepinter.com

Thursday 20 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019 

Party Time / Celebration

Jamie Lloyd directs these shorts for the Pinter at the Pinter season of late playwright's one-act plays. Party Time casts a scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the powerful and narcissistic super-rich. This is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration, an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche. Cast includes Ron Cook, Celia Imrie, Tracy Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu only, plus 27 & 31 Dec). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615. www.pinteratthepinter.com

WALKS

Friday 5 October

Artists and Authors in Abundance: Hampstead

Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky leads walkers around the literary hotspots in Hampstead – ones that feature in her new book, Women’s London.

11am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Sunday 7 October

Poetry and Parades: The East End and WWI

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I, this tour highlights the Jewish East End associations with the Great War. From the poet and artist Isaac Rosenberg to those men of the East End who joined the forces to fight for their adoptive home you will also discover stories behind the pacifists who refused to fight, German internees, Belgian refugees and the route of the Jewish Legion parade.

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

Tuesday 16 October

Bagels to Brady Street

Explore east of Brick Lane with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Learn about the synagogues, maternity home, closed cemetery and Hughes Mansions.

10.30am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 23 October

Stepney and Whitechapel

Stephen Burstin leads walkers around east London, discovering a Jewish cemetery, the potato latke pub and a tiny synagogue.

10.30am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Wednesday 14 November

Old Jewish Quarter

Explore the history of the Jewish community with a visit to the magnificent Bevis Marks Synagogue (£4 extra for entry). Plus, see the Jewish soup kitchen and the first Yiddish theatre.

10.15am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 20 November

Hackney Downs to the Lowlife: Literary Hackney

Celebrate the literary heritage of Hackney on this tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Learn about Jewish writers, including Grace Aguilar, Pinter, Baron and Camberton.

10.30am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Sunday 25 November

The V&A with a Jewish Twist: Highlights and Sacred Silver

This tour profiles the V&A’s fascinating history and architecture before focusing on highlights with a Jewish association. Featuring pieces from the Gilbert Collection and Montefiore Endowment, the ceramics of de Waal and Rie, sacred silver and Benney bark.

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


WORKSHOPS

Until Wednesday 19 December

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. Contact to confirm the class is on before attending.

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

Monday 8 October – Monday 10 December

Creative Writing with Sylvia Paskin

Poetry, fiction, plays and memoir writing workshop taking place every Monday. Sylvia Paskin is an author, editor and lecturer, who has edited various works by Jewish authors, poets and Yiddish filmmakers.

7.30-9.30pm. £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 9 October – Tuesday 11 December

Modern Jewish History

Trudy Gold leads this weekly Tuesday course about the extraordinary changes to the history of the Jewish people over the past 200 years.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 9 October – Tuesday 18 December

The Art of Hebrew Calligraphy with Vetta Alexis

A weekly Tuesday workshop in the art of Hebrew lettering; working in ink, pencil, paint and gold leaf. 

12.15-2.15pm. £20, £180 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Wednesday 10 October – Wednesday 12 December

Trials: The Great Court Cases of Jewish History

Trudy Gold leads this weekly Wednesday course about the little-known areas of Jewish history.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Thursday 11 October – Thursday 13 December

Modern Jewish Literature with Aviva Dautch

Explore the richness of modern Jewish literature by reading Israeli, European and American books and discussing them every Thursday. Featuring Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, Ruth Giligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan and Moshe Sakal’s The Diamond Setter.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Wednesday 24 October, Wednesday 21 November & Wednesday 5 December

Challah for Hunger

Bake challah for the homeless.

6-9pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 6, Tuesday 13, Tuesday 20 & Tuesday 27 November

A Study Course with Norbert Meyn

After two successful concerts with Ensemble Émigré at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 2016 and 2017, Norbert Meyn returns with Cathy Heller Jones and fellow musicians for a short study course. Together they will explore the role of Jewish cultural figures in the evolution of classical song (with piano accompaniment). They will also discuss how Jewish and other émigré musicians from Nazi Europe helped to make it more popular in Britain. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

8-9.30pm. £10 per session, £40 whole series. Liberal Jewish Synagogue, NW8 7HA. 020 7286 5181. www.ljs.org 

Saturday 24 November

Where is Home?

A cartoon workshop led by The Surreal McCoy (New Yorker, Spectator) and Banx (FT, Private Eye). Read our interview with Carol Isaacs in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Phone for times. FREE. Charing Cross Library, WC2H 0HF. 020 7641 6200.

BRISTOL


BOOKS & POETRY

Tuesday 13 November

Belonging and Belongings: Jewish Poetry in the UK Today

What does it mean to be a Jewish poet? Can a non Jew like Micheal O’Siadhail write about the Holocaust? Maybe the Irish and the Jews have enough in common to be able to immerse themselves in each other’s histories. Does a writer and in particular a poet have to belong somewhere before they can write? Who do their poems belong to? What part do journals like Jewish Renaissance and the Jewish Quarterly play in keeping alive the identity of Jewish poets and poetry? How important are Jewish poets like Aviva Dautch, Poet in Residence at the Jewish Museum in London, who also works with refugees encouraging them to write poetry? JR’s poetry editor Liz Cashdan tackles these big questions.

7.30pm. £6, £4 concs. Redland Green Bowling Club, Bristol, BS6 7HE. www.davarbristol.co.uk 

FILM

Wednesday 31 October

Menashe

A Yiddish-language portrayal of Orthodox life in Brooklyn from director Joshua Z Weinstein. When sales assistant Menashe’s wife dies, he tries to follow the rabbi’s decree, which obliges him to remarry in order to get custody of his young son Rieven. A series of unsuccessful dates leaves him torn between his commitment to faith and community, and his love for his child.

8pm. £5.25, £4.25 concs, £3.50 students. Orpheus Cinema, Bristol, BS9 4HN. 011 7962 5852. www.scottcinemas.co.uk 


Wednesday 28 November

A Bag of Marbles (Un Sac de Billes)

Canadian director Christian Duguay explores the horrors of World War II from the

perspective of two young Jewish boys living in Nazi-occupied France. Based on the acclaimed memoirs of the same name by Joseph Joffo.

8pm. £5.25, £4.25 concs, £3.50 students. Orpheus Cinema, Bristol, BS9 4HN. 011 7962 5852. www.scottcinemas.co.uk 


TALKS

Tuesday 9 October

The Jews of India

Dating back to the time of King Solomon, some of the oldest Jewish communities in the world are to be found in India. In 2016, Sonia Jackson joined a tour of Indian Jewish sites and synagogues organised by Maidenhead Synagogue and led by Ralphy and Yael Jhirad. Here she gives an illustrated talk about the synagogues they visited and their social and historical context.

7.30pm. £6, £4 concs. Redland Green Bowling Club, Bristol, BS6 7HE. www.davarbristol.co.uk 


Tuesday 11 December

The Bagel: Past, Present and Future

If smoked salmon and cream cheese bring just one thing to mind, then you’re part of a long and fascinating edible history that has brought the roll with a hole from 17th-century Poland to the freezers of the modern Anglo-American home. This talk by Clarissa Hyman will give a cultural and light-hearted overview of this modest circular bread that’s gained a place in history.

7.30pm. £6, £4 concs. Redland Green Bowling Club, Bristol, BS6 7HE. www.davarbristol.co.uk 


THEATRE

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 November

Same Colour Tears

Salaam Shalom, a media and arts organisation, invite you to leave your preconceptions at the door and open your eyes, ears and heart. Using recorded testimonies from Palestinians, Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, Same Colour Tears explores the challenges of living life on both sides of the conflict and the need for dialogue across borders.

7.30pm. £10, £8 concs, £5 under-30s. The Loco Klub, Bristol, BS1 6QH. 011 7941 3857. www.samecolourtears.com 


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

WALKS

Sunday 7 & Sunday 14 October

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. www.waddesdon.org.uk 


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. www.waddesdon.org.uk 


Sunday 14 October

Storytelling: Myth, History and Jewish Folktale

Join Adele Moss for an intimate and immersive storytelling experience. Discover the origins of the Rothschild family in Frankfurt and the five sons who established the family’s fortune.

1.30pm & 3pm. Free with museum adm. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH. 012 9682 0414. www.waddesdon.org.uk


CAMBRIDGESHIRE

BOOKS & POETRY

Thursday 1 November

Churchill History Lecture Series: Churchill's sculptor

Aurelia Young launches her new book Finding Nemon, a biography about her father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon. Churchill and Nemon spent a lot of time together, during which Churchill made a bust of Nemon – his only work of sculpture. In this illustrated talk Young will describe how her father travelled across Europe from his home in Croatia to seek refuge in the UK before the outbreak of World War II..

5.30pm. FREE. Churchill College, Cambridge, CB3 0DS. 012 2333 6166. www.chu.cam.ac.uk


FAMILY

Sunday 4 November

Limmud Cambridge

Join a like-minded crowd in a day of discussions, debates and discovery at Limmud Cambridge. This year's programme offers an array of sessions spanning all aspects of Jewish learning, the Jewish condition and issues of the day, with exciting presenters. See Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, Cambridge classicist Simon Goldhill, noted historian Miri Rubin, author Rebecca Abrams and many more.

See website for times. £40, £25 students, £20 children. Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, CB2 8PE. www.limmud.org 


THEATRE

Wednesday 10 October

Medusa

A 20th anniversary dance piece from the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Medusa examines the gendered historical significance of the myth, the symbolism of Medusa and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

7.30pm. £12.50, £8 concs. Cambridge Junction, CB1 7GX. http://jasminvardimon.com 


DEVON

THEATRE

Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 October

Medusa

A 20th anniversary dance piece from the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Medusa examines the gendered historical significance of the myth, the symbolism of Medusa and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

7.30pm. £13.50-£21.50. Northcott Theatre, Exeter, EX4 4QB. http://jasminvardimon.com 


GLOUCESTERSHIRE

THEATRE

Thursday 1 November

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. £22-£24. Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. www.dameestherrantzen.com


GREATER MANCHESTER

ART

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Poppies: Wave

Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. Weeping Window (showing in London) is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below. Both sculptures are by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and represent the British or Colonial life lost at the front during World War I.
Until 25 November


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 the 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. www.iwm.org.uk


BOOKS & POETRY

Monday 15 October

M@M Book Club

Menorah Synagogue’s monthly book club. This month they’ll be discussing East West Street by Philippe Sands.

2.30pm. FREE. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk 


Monday 19 November

M@M Book Club

Menorah Synagogue’s monthly book club. This month’s title for discussion has yet to be decided – phone for info nearer the time.

2.30pm. FREE. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk 


Monday 17 December

M@M Book Club

Menorah Synagogue’s monthly book club. This month’s title for discussion has yet to be decided – phone for info nearer the time.

2.30pm. FREE. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk


FILM

Tuesday 9 October

Menorah Film Club: El Gusto

A monthly movie get-together that’s open to all (aged 18+). This month they’re screening a documentary by Safinez Bousbia. El Gusto explores a form of Algerian

Music known as chaabi. Once extremely popular, chaabi now faces extinction if younger musicians don’t pick it up. The documentary also follows the reunion of a group of Jewish and Muslim chaabi musicians, who were separated over 50 years ago.

7.45pm. £45 membership. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk/film-club  


Tuesday 6 November

Menorah Film Club: Somewhere in Europe

A monthly movie get-together that’s open to all (aged 18+). This month they’re screening Somewhere in Europe, Géza Radványi’s 1948 drama about a band of wartime runaways in Hungary, who scour the countryside in search of food and shelter.

7.45pm. £45 membership. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk/film-club  


Saturday 10 – Thursday 22 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (22 Nov); Itzhak, about Israeli virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman (11 Nov); and Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria (14 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org 


Tuesday 4 December

Menorah Film Club: Noodle

A monthly movie get-together that’s open to all (aged 18+). This month they’re screening Noodle, Ayelet Menahemi’s 2007 comedy about a Chinese flight attendant working in Israel. When she’s suddenly deported for overstaying her work visa, she has to struggle, with no Hebrew language skills, to explain she has a child with her who goes by the nickname Noodle.

7.45pm. £45 membership. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk/film-club  


MUSIC

Thursday 11 October

Opera Appreciation with Joyce Kennedy

Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns.

1.45pm. £5 suggested donation. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk 

Thursday 1 November 

Opera Appreciation with Joyce Kennedy

L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi.

1.45pm. £5 suggested donation. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk 

Thursday 6 December

Opera Appreciation with Joyce Kennedy

Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.

1.45pm. £5 suggested donation. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk

THEATRE

Sunday 21 October

Contagion

A contemporary dance piece that commemorates the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which killed more people than World War I itself. The piece is inspired by the nature and spread of the flu virus, the unseen enemy that humankind was battling within, while engaging in more conventional warfare in the world outside. The striking work of the Austrian artist Egon Schiele, who fell victim to the Spanish Flu, forms a visual footnote to the piece.

12pm & 2.30pm. FREE. Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, M17 1TZ. 016 1836 4000. www.iwm.org.uk 















Wednesday 24 October – Saturday 24 November 

Sondheim’s Putting it Together

The Hope Mill Theatre presents their 5th in-house production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical revue Putting it Together. This brilliant showcase features more than 30 numbers from some of Sondheim’s most memorable shows, including Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. 

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Mon only), 2.30pm (Sat only). From £16. Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, M4 7JA. 016 1275 9141. https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk 















Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

8pm. £15.50-£21.50. The Lowry, Salford, M50 3AZ. 084 3208 6010. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 















Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 December

The Lady Killers

Menorah Arts & Drama group perform Ealing Studios’ dark comedy about a bunch of bank robbers, who plot their crime whilst staying with an elderly lady in King’s Cross.

7.30pm. £10. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk 















WALKS

Sunday 7 & Sunday 21 October

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. www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com 





























HAMPSHIRE 

THEATRE

Thursday 4 October

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. £22.50. Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, PO16 7DR. www.dameestherrantzen.com















Friday 9 & Saturday 10 November

SHOW

Israel’s Hofesh Shechter Company presents its apprentice company, Shechter II, for dancers aged 18-25. SHOW is a playful performance in three acts – The Entrance, Clowns and Exit – that revolves around a group of anarchic artists in a macabre circus of comedy, murder and desire. Read our review of SHOW on the JR blog.

7.30pm. £10-£27. NST City, Southampton, SO17 1TR. 023 8067 1771. www.hofesh.co.uk  





























HERTFORDSHIRE

THEATRE

Tuesday 16 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.45pm. £17. Hertford Theatre, SG14 1PS. 019 9253 1500. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 





























KENT

THEATRE

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm. £5-£16. Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB. 012 2776 9075. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 





























MERSEYSIDE

ART

Tate Liverpool

Everybody Razzle Dazzle

To celebrate the centenary of the end of World War I, the Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial commissioned Sir Peter Blake to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in the style of a 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, otherwise known as Snowdrop, will be sailing on the Mersey until 2019.

Until 6 April 2019

L3 4BB. 015 1702 7400. www.tate.org.uk 















MUSIC

Sunday 28 October

Songs of Leonard Cohen

A performance by Keith James.

7.30pm. £15. Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, L8 1TG. 015 1709 3431. www.princesroad.org 















WORKSHOPS

Until Thursday 20 December

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. www.liverpooljewish.co.uk 





























MIDLANDS

ART

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer

Tate takes over the Herbert with this Artist Rooms on German sculptor and painter Anselm Kiefer. As one of Germany’s most significant post-war artists, Kiefer explores themes of national identity and collective memory in his work, often addressing the legacy of Germany after World War II.

19 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

CV1 5QP. 024 7623 7521. www.theherbert.org 















FAMILY

Saturday 6 October

Open Doors: Jews’ Court

See inside this Grade 1-listed 14th century building, which is thought to have been used as a synagogue until the expulsion of the Jewish community from England in 1290. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

2-4pm. FREE. Jews’ Court, Lincoln, LN2 1LS. 075 5710 6197. www.lincolnshirejc.co.uk 















Sunday 23 – Thursday 27 December

Limmud Festival

The wonderful Jewish festival returns to Birmingham with an undoubtedly stellar line-up of speakers, lecturers and artists. Plus a great programme for children and teens, Jewish food and drink, workshops, evening entertainment, competitions and much more.

Phone for times and prices. Hilton Birmingham Metropole, B40 1PP. 020 3115 1620. www.limmud.org 















TALKS

Sunday 7 October

Birmingham Jewish Graduates Association

Richard Ellis discusses the restitution of art.

7.30pm. £5, £20 annual m’ship. The Old Post Office Building, Birmingham, B13 8JP. 















Sunday 11 November

Birmingham Jewish Graduates Association

Professor Martin Goodman discusses aspects of Judaism.

3pm. £5, £20 annual m’ship. The Old Post Office Building, Birmingham, B13 8JP. 















Sunday 9 December

Birmingham Jewish Graduates Association

Guiseppe Nicolosi delivers the AGM and Chanukah lecture about exoplanets and how we know what we know about these alien worlds.

3pm. £5, £20 annual m’ship. The Old Post Office Building, Birmingham, B13 8JP.















THEATRE

Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm. £19-£23, £17-£21 concs, £12 under-26. Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 024 7642 4524. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 





























NORFOLK

THEATRE

Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 October

Medusa

A 20th anniversary dance piece from the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Medusa examines the gendered historical significance of the myth, the symbolism of Medusa and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

6.30pm (Thu) & 7.30pm (Fri-Sat). £12, £9 concs. DanceEast, Ipswich, IP4 1DW. http://jasminvardimon.com 















Saturday 20 October

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.

8pm.£22.50. Norwich Playhouse, NR3 1AB. www.dameestherrantzen.com





























NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

FILM

Monday 11 & Sunday 18 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home, screens Sunday. Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria, screens Monday. Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

6pm. See website for prices. Broadway, Nottingham, NG1 3AL. http://ukjewishfilm.org  





























OXFORDSHIRE

BOOKS & POETRY

Sunday 21 October

The Jewish Journey

Rebecca Abrams will be speaking at Thame Literary Festival about the remarkable collection of hidden Jewish objects in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, as detailed in her book, The Jewish Journey: 4,000 Years in 22 Objects. Private tours of the Ashmolean's Jewish collection are available on request by contacting rebecca.abrams@gmail.com. Read Abrams’ account of Jewish history as seen through some these objects in the Jan 2018 issue of JR.

12pm. £7. Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame, OX9 2BW. https://talfestival.org 















MUSIC

Wednesday 7 November

Remembering the Jews of Iraq

An evening remembering the Jews of Iraq, featuring the Wolf of Baghdad. Iraqi Jewish guests will be adding their own stories and guests can enjoy some delicious Iraqi Jewish treats.

Contact jane.itzhaki@gmail.com for details. Oxford Jewish Centre, Oxford, OX1 2JL. 















TALKS

Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 October

The Bible and the Humanities

Two-day conference engaging biblical and rabbinic texts, as well as related philological, interpretive and religious traditions across arts and humanities.

Phone for times and prices. Oriel College, Oxford, OX1 4EW. 018 6527 6555. www.eurojewishstudies.org 















THEATRE

Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 November

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm. £10-£21. Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2LW. 018 6530 5305. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 















WORKSHOPS

Monday 5 November

Lament, Reading and Therapy

King’s College London and the University of Oxford present an all-day workshop looking at the composition, performance and repetition of texts of lament, loss and healing.

9am-6pm. Phone for prices. Oriel College, Oxford, OX1 4EW. 018 6527 6555. www.eurojewishstudies.org 





























SCOTLAND

ART

Glasgow University Chapel

Hannah Frank 110th Birthday Exhibition

A showcase of the life and work of celebrated Jewish artist Hannah Frank. The Glasgow native passed away 10 years ago at the age of 100 after a 75-year career. The exhibition takes place at her former university, where she spent her student years, and subsequent time after graduation, illustrating and writing for the Glasgow University Magazine.

15 October 2018 – 6 February 2019

G12 8QQ. www.hannahfrank.org.uk 















BOOKS & POETRY

Sunday 7 October

Muriel Spark 100: Response to the Mandelbaum Gate

Author Tracey S Rosenberg, winner of the Creative Scotland Muriel Spark 100 ‘Endless Diferent Ways’ grant, leads this writing workshop. Rosenberg will read from a short piece she wrote in Jerusalem in response to Spark’s 1965 novel, The Mandelbaum Gate, before encouraging the audience to write. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

2-4.30pm. FREE. Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, PA15 1HJ. 077 2454 9817. www.scojec.org 















FILM

Thursday 15, Sunday 18 & Wednesday 21 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (15 Nov) and Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria (18 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and Glasgow venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org 





























SUSSEX

FILM

Sunday 14 October

Sussex Jewish Film Club: Woman in Gold

The true story of Maria Altmann, who’s played by Helen Mirren. Set 60 years after she fled Nazi persecution in Vienna, Altmann attempts to reclaim family possessions seized by the Nazis, including a portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer.

7pm. £4. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. breshdavid1@gmail.com 















Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Eric Barbier’s Promise at Dawn, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays an overbearing Jewish mother, screens on Wednesday. Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria screens Thursday. Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

8.30pm. See website for prices. Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton, BN1 1UN. http://ukjewishfilm.org 















MUSIC

Saturday 24 November

Chichester Psalms

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

7.30pm. £15-£36. Chichester Cathedral, PO19 1PX. 012 0266 9925. www.bsolive.com 















TALKS

Tuesday 23 October

Jewish Refugees from Fascism in Sussex 1933-1945

A lecture by Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton) for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

7.45pm. £4. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. 012 7341 9412. https://jhse.org  















Tuesday 27 November

The Brighton Jewish Community 1910 – 1920

A lecture by Michael Crook, chairman of the Sussex branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

7.45pm. £4. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. 012 7341 9412. https://jhse.org  















THEATRE

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm. £14-£20, £12-£18 concs. The Old Market, Brighton, BN3 1AS. 012 7320 1801. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 















WORKSHOPS

Until Tuesday 18 December

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. chutzpahchoir@gmail.com 















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. 





























YORKSHIRE

FILM

Tuesday 13 – Monday 26 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (13 Nov) and Itzhak, about Israeli virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman (26 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm. Prices and Leeds venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org 















TALKS

Monday 8 October

The Life of Lord Goodman

A lecture by Mrs Miriam Brosh, an articled clerk, for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. https://jhse.org  















Monday 5 November

Notable Leeds Jews

A lecture by Michael Meadowcroft for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. https://jhse.org  















Sunday 11 November

The Jews of South Africa

A talk by Warren Banks.

3pm. £3 (inc. refreshments). Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com  















Monday 3 December

Leitz, Camera, Action

A lecture by Gideon Leventhall about Leica, the German camera company.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. https://jhse.org  















Sunday 9 December

The Life of Leonard Bernstein

A talk by Nigel Simeone, also featuring music by Bernstein.

3pm. £3 (inc. refreshments). Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com 















THEATRE

Wednesday 17 October

Gay and Friends

Play reading.

7.30pm. £3 (inc. refreshments). Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com 















Thursday 8 & Friday 9 November

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folktale featuring klezmer performed by Ben Caplan. Old Stock is based on the true story of writer Hannah Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, two Jewish Romanian refugees who fled to Canada in 1908. Theirs is a story about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war and one’s relationship with God. Read more about Old Stock in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and listen to our interview with Hannah Moscovitch on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm. £18.50, £16.50 under-26. Cast, Doncaster, DN1 3BU. 013 0230 3959. http://oldstocktour.co.uk/tour.html 















WALKS

Thursday 4 October

Tales of Jewish York

The Jews of York had a tragic fate, but they came back after the 1190 massacre to settle in the city. Nigel Grizzard will tell tales of Jewish life in the city and take you on a walk along the City Walls to visit Jewish sites. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

11am. £8. Meet outside the gates of the Yorkshire Museum, York, YO1 7DT. 077 9885 5494. bradfordjewish@gmail.com















Sunday 7 October

In the Footsteps of Rabbi Dr Joseph Strauss and the Reverend Isaac Livingstone

Stories of Bradford’s Jewish past and the lives of two charismatic leaders. Walk through the Manningham area of the city, visit the two historic synagogues, one of which – Bowland Street – still functions as a synagogue. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

11am. £8. Meet at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, BD9 4NS. 077 9885 5494. bradfordjewish@gmail.com















The Grand Philanthropist, His Great Nephew and the German Consul

Stories of Little Germany and Bradford's historic Merchant Quarter, where wool deals were done to turn Bradford into the wool capital of the world. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

2.30pm. £8. Meet at Festival Square, Bradford, BD1 5BD. 077 9885 5494. bradfordjewish@gmail.com















Sunday 14 October

Chapeltown and its Jewish Stories

Once described as ‘A Little Israel’, every street corner in Chapeltown has memories. Hear why the editor of major American Jewish newspaper The Forward came back to visit the Granges and Gathornes and tell us your Chapeltown Stories. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

11am. £8. Meet at New Horizon Community School, Leeds, LS7 4JE. 077 9885 5494. bradfordjewish@gmail.com















Trouble at the Mill

Stories of the Jewish mill owners along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

2.30pm. £8. Meet at Salts Mill main entrance just outside Hockney Art Gallery, Bradford, BD18 3LA. 077 9885 5494. bradfordjewish@gmail.com