BERKSHIRE

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Thursday 21 February

London Klezmer Quartet

One of klezmer’s hardest-gigging groups, the raucous LKQ play from their back catalogue, including their most recent album, To the Tavern.

8pm. £15. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF. www.londonklezmerquartet.com  

MUSIC

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

WALKS

DEVON

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THEATRE

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

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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

HERTFORDSHIRE

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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

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Sunday 20 January

Tu B’Shevat

Kohenet Rachel Rose Reid (Yelala) will lead a storytelling session about the trees. Plus partake in a bit of tree maintenance and drink some delicious hot apple juice.

1.30-4pm. £5 suggested donation. Sadeh and Skeet Hill House, Orpington, BR6 7QD. http://sadehfarm.co.uk

FAMILY

NORFOLK

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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

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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TALKS

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. info@wellingboroughinterfaith.org

OXFORDSHIRE

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TALKS

Monday 4 March

The David Patterson Lectures

Dr Neta Bodner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) delivers a talk entitled ‘Under the Surface - Deep Underground Jewish Ritual Baths in Germany and France’.

6-7.15pm. FREE. Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Oxford, OX1 2HG. 018 6561 0422. www.ochjs.ac.uk

SCOTLAND 

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Sunday 3 March

How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

Lyn Julius takes a tour of Scotland to discuss her book, Uprooted. Booking essential.

6.30-8.30pm. Contact Joanne at events@scojec.org / 07724 549 817 for price. Glasgow (venue revealed upon booking). www.scojec.org

 

Monday 4 March

How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

See above for info.

7-9pm. Contact Joanne at events@scojec.org / 07724 549 817 for price. Inverness (venue revealed upon booking). www.scojec.org

 

Tuesday 5 March

How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

See above for info.

7-9pm. Contact Joanne at events@scojec.org / 07724 549 817 for price. Edinburgh (venue revealed upon booking). www.scojec.org

 

Wednesday 6 March

How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

See above for info.

7-9pm. Contact Joanne at events@scojec.org / 07724 549 817 for price. Dumfries (venue revealed upon booking). www.scojec.org

BOOKS & POETRY

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Sunday 10 March

Holy Fathers, Virtuous Wives and Apostate Sons

Annie Perez discusses Zionism, conversion and the question of who is a Jew. Hosted by the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society.

7.30pm. £3 donation. Marian Oppenheim Hall, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, EH16 5AB. https://ejls.org

Talks

TYNE & WEAR 

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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. www.brundibarartsfestival.com

Music

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. www.litandphil.org.uk

Talks

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Theatre

Sunday 27 – Tuesday 29 January

Kindertransport

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. www.peoplestheatre.co.uk

WORCESTERSHIRE

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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. brownwolfe2@gmail.com. www.eventbrite.co.uk.

BOOKS & POETRY

AREA NAME HERE 

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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

Film

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TALKS

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 

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THEATRE

Wednesday 17 October

Gay and Friends

Play reading.

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