Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance

Albert Reuss in Mousehole: The Artist As Refugee

Born in Vienna, Albert Reuss (1889-1975) fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, losing family, possessions and his reputation as an artist. In 1948 he moved to Mousehole, Cornwall, where he continued to work as an artist, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered. See a selection of them here. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 26 April

TR18 4HE.








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.




John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

More than Stories: A Film Trilogy

Anya Lewin explores her Jewish family history in this film installation. Inspired by family photographs and stories – and their interconnections with screen history and public archives – Lewin has created a triptych of shorts. Each film revisits haunted memories of Jewish life embedded in a particular story passed down to Lewin by her father; the films entitled Fez: The Royal Scent (2019), which has been made specifically for this exhibition, With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment (2008) and Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip (2013).
Until 4 May

SO14 7DU.


Tuesday 14 May

Jew and “Pederast” in Interwar Poland: The Curious Case of Josef Chaim Lindenfeld

Kamil Karczewski, PhD researcher at the European University Institute, delivers this talk for the Parkes Institute's latest research seminar series.

6pm. FREE. Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF.





Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 October


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. 

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.




Tuesday 11 December

The Zoroastrians: Beliefs and Practices

A talk by Malcolm Deboo of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe.

7.30pm. FREE. Victoria Centre, Wellingborough, NN8 1HR.




Monday 1 – Sunday 7 April

Three Faiths Encounter Week

Discussing topics on the theme ‘Relating Across Divides’, guest speakers will touch on the relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

9am-4pm. £180 (inc. meals), £400 (with accommodation). St John’s College, Oxford, OX1 3JP. 077 1196 0644.



Sunday 6 & Monday 7 May

Seret International Israeli Film and TV Festival

The Israeli Film and TV Festival returns with a varied programme of independent features and documentaries from Israel’s most talented filmmakers. This year the festival stops off in Edinburgh to screen The Testament (6 May), Amichai Greenberg’s drama about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria. Plus Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (7 May), Yariv Mozer’s documentary based on archive material that reveals the final years of Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion.

8pm (Sun) & 6.30pm (Mon). Phone for prices. Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ.





Sunday 31 March

Daniel Cainer: More Gefilte Fish & Chips

The all-singing, all-joking comedian returns to The Lowry with his brilliant wordplay and great musicianship. Cainer deals in astute observational comedy that will appeal to anyone who’s wrestled with their home, heritage and heart. This show is part of Bath Comedy Festival.

6pm. £10. Widcombe Social Club, Bath, BA2 6AA.



Thursday 24 – Thursday 31 January

Brundibár Arts Festival

The UK’s only annual festival dedicated to the music and arts created by victims of the Holocaust returns as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. The event takes its name from Hans Krása's children's opera Brundibár (meaning bumblebee), which was first performed publicly by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. The 2019 programme comprises concerts, workshops, a play and outreach events, all linked by a common theme: celebrating creativity in adversity. One of the highlights is the opening concert (24 Jan), with music by Olivier Greif (1950-2000). He was a French composer of Polish Jewish parentage, whose father was an Auschwitz survivor and this heavily influenced his music. Another highlight is War Mother (27 Jan), a play by Adolphe Nysenholc in which two dead mothers fight over their son: the mother who perished in the Holocaust and the foster mother who hid the child during the war.

Various times, prices and venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.


Wednesday 30 January

Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture with Gerald Stern

Kindertransport survivor Gerald Stern will give an account of his life in Germany before, during and after the Nazis, his life in England as a refugee, and his father’s experience in Germany.

1pm. FREE. The Lit & Phil, Newcastle, NE1 1SE.




Sunday 27 – Tuesday 29 January


Diane Samuel’s seminal play about the Kindertransport, told from the perspective of a young German Jewish girl arriving in Britain in the 1930s and a grown woman looking back in the 1980s. After the Sunday performance, Samuel will appear for a Q&A session.

5pm (Sun), 7.30pm (Mon & Tue). FREE. The People’s Theatre, Heaton, Newcastle, NE6 5QF.



Bangor Arts Initiative

The Jews of Bangor

Discover the Jewish history of Bangor, as presented by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams. The exhibition, map and app featured are the results of Abrams’ research into the communities built once Jews fleeing Nazi Europe settled in Bangor.
Until 26 April

Deiniol Shopping Centre, LL57 1NW.




Sunday 10 February

Midwives of Freedom

Fundamental to the story of Moses are the stories of several women, connected to each other across the divides of status, ethnicity and faith, bound together in a conspiracy for freedom. Adele Moss and Jumana Moon tell Midwives of Freedom: a Jewish-Muslim storytelling piece exploring the lives and legacies of these women.

3pm. £10 adults, £5 children (12+). Elmslie House, Malvern, WR14 3AG.




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.




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. 



Wednesday 17 October

Gay and Friends

Play reading.

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