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Barbican Centre

Lee Krasner: Living Colour

Born in Brooklyn in 1908, Lee Krasner was the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, who fled to America to escape antisemitism and the Russo-Japanese War. There she quickly developed a taste for art and studied the subject at various educational institutes, including the notable National Academy of Design. By 1940 she had found her niche in abstract expressionism, which led to her meeting her husband Jackson Pollock. Due to his fame, Krasner’s work is often overlooked, but now, for the first time in the UK, you can see her portfolio up close, featuring self-portraits, collages and her ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s.
Until 1 September

EC2Y 8DS. 020 7638 4141. www.barbican.org.uk

Etz Chayim Gallery

Judith Simmons

See how Simmons utilises a variety of traditional printmaking techniques to observe natural and environmental forms.
Until 5 August

Community Exhibition and Sale

Members, friends and families of the NPLS community will be exhibiting their own artwork, as well as work by other artists.
5 August – 15 September

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

House of Illustration

Marie Neurath: Picturing Science

While at the Isotype Institute, Marie Neurath and her team produced over 80 illustrated children’s books from 1944 to 1971 in a pioneering collaboration between researchers, artists and writers. Using infographics and illustrated diagrams to explain scientific concepts, Neurath’s books mark a defining moment in information design for children. The exhibition will include spreads and working materials from the book series that Neurath produced. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival. Read more about the show in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.
19 July – 3 November

N1C 4BH. www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Imperial War Museum

Robert Capa: D-Day in 35mm

Hungarian photojournalist Robert Capa made his name covering the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). His evocative images were published in magazines across Europe and America and he was permitted, as one of four press photographers, to cover the American beaches on D-Day. The photographs he took that day were published in LIFE Magazine, 19 June 1944, and reached millions of readers, helping shape the world’s visual understanding of the landings. Ten of these photos will be on display at the IWM, alongside personal accounts and objects related to allied soldiers who landed that fateful day.
Until 29 September

Culture Under Attack: What Remains

From the Nazi theft of art and the bombing of Coventry Cathedral to the destruction by ISIS of objects from Mosul Museum in Iraq, war devastates lives and destroys cultural heritage. With over 50 photographs, oral histories, objects and artworks, What Remains explores why cultural heritage is purposely attacked during war and the ways we save, protect and restore that which is targeted.
Until 5 January 2020

Culture Under Attack: Art in Exile

What happens to art during war? Find out as the IWM displays never-before-seen documents that reveal the museum’s plans for evacuating their art collection during World War II. The exhibition includes a notice issued to IWM staff in 1939, entitled Procedure in the Event of War, and part of a priority list, as well as paintings, objects, a film and sculpture.
Until 5 January 2020

Culture Under Attack: Rebel Sounds

From Hitler’s persecution of swing and jazz groups to the ban of music in Northern Mali under Islamist rule in 2012, oppressive regimes have tried to erase forms of culture and expression. In spite of this, there have always been people willing to risk everything to protect their threatened culture. Discover four unique stories of resistance through personal accounts, photographs, memorabilia and music, including Nazi Germany in the 30s, Northern Ireland in the 70s, Serbia in the 90s and present day Mali. Drawing on specific moments in history, they profile the rebels who placed their love of music above their own personal safety.
Until 5 January 2020

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

Isokon Gallery

George Adams: Bauhausler in Britain

Born George Teltscher in Vienna, Adams studied at the Bauhaus under Gropius, Itten, Kandinsky and Schlemmer and arrived in London in 1938. Following internment in Australia, he returned to England and contributed to the war effort in map-making and pamphlet design. He took part in the Festival of Britain 1951 and, although not well known today, became a key figure in bringing Bauhaus ideas to Britain. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 27 October

NW3 2XD. www.isokongallery.co.uk

Jewish Museum

Jews, Money, Myth

Explore the role of money in Jewish life and its problematic stereotype in relations between Jews and non-Jews. The exhibition looks back over 2,000 years, drawing together manuscripts, prints, Jewish ritual and ceremonial objects, art, film, literature and cultural ephemera. Highlights include Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver and a new commission by Jeremy Deller. Read more about the show in the Apr 2019 issue of JR and listen to our audio tour with curator Joanne Rosenthal on JR OutLoud.
Until 17 October

Great British Jews: A Celebration

A celebration of the contribution made to the UK by Jewish immigrants and their descendants. Discover some very recognisable British inventions, innovations, products and people that you never knew were Jewish, from the worlds of culture, commerce, science, sports and more.
Until 3 November

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

National Army Museum

The Art of Persuasion: Wartime Posters by Abram Games

A major exploration of the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games. In particular, see pieces created during his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during World War II. Read more about the exhibition in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.
Until 24 November

SW3 4HT. 020 7730 0717. www.nam.ac.uk

Sotheby’s

Brave New Visions: The Émigrés Who Transformed the British Art World

In bleak, war-damaged London of the 1940s, British gallery-goers had barely adjusted to post-impressionism, let alone the challenges posed by Picasso. Then everything changed. A group of émigrés, who’d fled Nazi-dominated Europe, resolved to embrace the future and introduce avant-garde European and British artists to the public and press. The impact of pioneering dealers was profound. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

17 July - 9 August

W1S 2RT. 020 7293 5000. www.sothebys.com

Tate Britain

Becoming Britain: Photography 1945-79

A cross-section of photography that documents the rebuilding of life in Britain after World War II, right up to the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.
Until 27 September

The Bauhaus in Britain

This free display considers connections between Germany’s Bauhaus School (1919-33) and the visual arts in Britain. It centres on the years 1934-36, when the Bauhaus came into sharper focus in Britain through the presence of key publications and protagonists, including Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, and you can read more about the show in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.
Until 17 November

SW1P 4RG. 020 7887 8888. www.tate.org.uk

Tate Modern

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Despite the restrictions of growing up in Poland under the Communist regime, Magdalena Abakanowicz established a career as an international artist. She is best known for weaving natural fibres into striking, radical sculptures, which she referred to as ‘Abakans’. See a selection of them at the Tate, as well as War Games – wood and iron sculptures incorporating the trunks of felled trees – and early drawings.
Until 13 September

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. Read about Michael Rakowitz’s date syrup cookbook on the JR blog.
Until 2020

WC2N 5DN. 020 7983 4750. www.london.gov.uk 

Whitechapel Gallery

Michael Rakowitz

The first survey of work by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, who is the sculptor behind the current Fourth Plinth installation in Trafalgar Square.
Until 25 August

E1 7QX. 020 7522 7888. www.whitechapelgallery.org

Wiener Library

Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon

Before the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, Gertrud ‘Gerty’ Simon was a prominent portrait photographer. From her studio in Weimar Berlin she captured major artists and political figures, including Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Käthe Kollwitz and Albert Einstein. She eventually sought refuge in Britain and rebuilt her career, adding the likes of Sir Kenneth Clark, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Nye Bevan to her portfolio. Now, for the first time in 80 years, members of the public can again see her work at this exhibition of around 600 prints. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, and you can read more about the show in the Apr 2019 issue of JR.
Until 15 October

Bernard Simon’s Experiences of Internment During World War II

In the Wiener Library’s reading room is an extension of the Gerty Simon exhibit that details the life of her son. Bernard (1921-2015) fled to Britain with his mother in 1933, where he was educated and then apprenticed as an accountant until he and his father Wilhelm were detained by British authorities in June 1940: Wilhelm on the Isle of Man and Bernard at Hay Internment Camp in Australia. Browse photos, documents and personal effects.
Until 15 October

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

BOOKS & POETRY

Wednesday 17 July

West London Synagogue Book Club

The WLS book group meets monthly in a pub to talk about literature that has a connection to Jewish culture or religion. This month they’ll be discussing The Magnificent Esme Wells, Adrienne Sharp's coming-of-age story set amid the Jewish tycoons and gangsters of Golden Age Hollywood and Las Vegas.

6.15-8.15pm. FREE. The Prince Regent, W1U 5JN. www.meetup.com/West-London-Synagogue-Young-Adults-Jewish-Book-Club

 

Valentin Berlinsky: A Quartet For Life

Celebrate the launch of Maria Matalaev’s new book about cellist Valentin Berlinsky, the founding member of the Borodin Quartet.

5.30pm. £10. Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT. www.spiroark.org

 

Thursday 18 July

Primo Levi: The Elements of a Life

Primo Levi, the chemist, writer and survivor of Auschwitz, was born 100 years ago in Turin, Italy. In this talk, Ian Thomson will consider the centenary edition of his award-winning biography, Primo Levi: The Elements of a Life, which features a new preface. Find out how the original came to be written and what the difficulties were in writing it.

6.30-8.30pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Friday 26 July

Meet the Author: Mike Hutton

Mike Hutton will be signing copies of 1919: A Land Fit for Heroes, his latest book about resuming everyday life after World War I.

11am-1pm, 2-4pm. FREE. Imperial War Museum, SE1 6HZ. 020 7323 4700. www.iwm.org.uk

 

Wednesday 31 July

Yad B’Yad Lodge

B’nai B’rith UK book club. Contact yadbyad@bnaibrithuk.org for further details.

8-10.30pm. FREE. Pinner venue, HA5. https://bnaibrithuk.org

Monday 5 August

Exiled Writers Ink: Voices from a Divided City

Celebrate the launch of Nicosia Beyond Barriers, the first book to evoke experiences from both sides of the border in Nicosia. Featuring a discussion and Q&A session with the editors. Free entry, but booking essential via exiledwritersink@gmail.com.

7pm. FREE. Poetry Cafe, WC2H 9BX. www.exiledwriters.co.uk

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Thursday 18 July

Jess Robinson: Work in Progress

Spend an evening with the ward-winning impressionist Jess Robinson, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. She’ll be entertaining the audience with highly humorous celebrity impressions, musical comedy, impressive vocal gymnastics and her incredible live band.

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

COMEDY

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Monday 15 July

Playtime with London Hebrew Gymnasium

Topics including music, science, drama and Israeli culture are covered in these weekly classes conducted in Hebrew. Note this is a drop-off event; contact info@hebrewg.com for prices.

4.30-6.15pm. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Safa with London Hebrew Gymnasium

Let your little ones (ages 5-7) take the first steps in Hebrew reading, writing and niqqud at this class. Contact info@hebrewg.com for prices.

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

FAMILY

FILM

Sunday 21 – Sunday 28 July

Tel Aviv On Fire

New Israeli comedy about a writer on an Arab speaking soap, who strikes an unlikely friendship with an Israeli checkpoint officer whose wife is a huge fan of the show. Together they come up with plots that earn them brownie points with the women they love.

Times vary. £4.50-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Sunday 11 August

HGSS Film Club: The Resistance

A screening of German director Claus Räfle's eye-opening film. Part documentary and part drama, The Resistance focuses on four young Jews who survived the Holocaust by hiding in plain sight.

2.30pm. FREE. Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue, N2 ORE. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Wednesday 14 August

RJCH Film Club: Exodus

Richmond Jewish Community Hub’s monthly film club, hosted by Ivor Deitsch. This month they’ll be watching Otto Preminger’s 60s film adaptation of Leon Uris' novel Exodus. Followed by tea and biscuits.

3pm. £5. Richmond Jewish Community Hub, TW9 1AP. www.rjch.org.uk

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MUSIC

Tuesday 16 July

33 Revolutions Per Minute

Based on Dorian Lynskey's book, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day, comes this concert of protest music. Kerry Shale hosts, with musicians including Chris Difford, Kathryn Williams and Boo Hewerdine.

7.30pm. £25. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Monday 22 July

Kinot: Songs of Loss and Longing

Rabbi Joseph Dweck (head of Spanish & Portuguese Sephardi Community) shares his personal poetic and musical traditions of prayer.

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

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TALKS

Tuesday 16 July

Come From Away: A Perspective from Within

While the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away continues its hugely successful run at Phoenix Theatre, the real-life rabbi of the story talks here about the events. Rabbi Levi Sudak, director of Lubavitch Edgware, was aboard a plane that was grounded in Gander, Newfoundland, during the 9/11 attacks. Completely stranded, he and the other passengers were welcomed with open arms by the residents of the small town. Listen to our interview with Rabbi Sudak on JR OutLoud and read our review of Come From Away on the JR blog.

8.30pm. £5. Edgware United Synagogue, HA8 8YE. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Shakespeare and the Jews

Dr Aviva Dautch delivers this talk for the Jewish Historical Society of England Essex branch.

8pm. £3. Clore Tikva School, Ilford, IG6 2JN. https://jhse.org 

 

Saturday 20 July

Coffee & Conversation

Tamar Weizer leads this Shabbat morning discussion on Jewish topics. She previously worked for the Israeli secret service and currently teaches at LSJS, and has also published a book about Parashat Hashavua.

10.45-11.30am. FREE. Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue, N2 ORE. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Oneg Shabbat

Guest speaker Rabbi Larry Tabick explores Kabbalah over a Shabbat potluck lunch.

12.45-2.30pm. FREE. Westminster Synagogue, SW7 1BX. www.westminstersynagogue.org

 

Monday 22 July

Curator's Talk: Great British Jews

Discover more about the themes, stories and objects in the museum’s Great British Jews exhibition from curator Jemima Jarman.

3-3.30pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Parliamentary Lawmaking and the Jews: Historical Reflections

Professor Ira Katznelson leads this discussion for the UK Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists.

6pm. £15. Central London location revealed upon purchase. ukajlj@jewishlawyers.co.uk

Wednesday 24 July

The Rise of the Israeli Right

A talk by Professor Colin Shindler, a senior research fellow in Israel Studies at SOAS.

8.30-10.30pm. £5. Pinner venue, HA5. https://bnaibrithuk.org

 

Sunday 28 July

The History and Work of AJEX

Ron Shelley discusses the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

8-11pm. Edgware venue, HA8. https://bnaibrithuk.org

Wednesday 7 August

Curator’s Talks: Jews, Money, Myth

Uncover the myths behind the connection between Jews and money and how these inspired the museum’s current exhibition. Listen to our audio tour with curator Joanne Rosenthal on JR OutLoud.

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

 

Monday 19 August

Curator's Talk: Great British Jews

Discover more about the themes, stories and objects in the museum’s Great British Jews exhibition from curator Jemima Jarman.

3-3.30pm. Free with museum adm. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

THEATRE

Until Saturday 3 August

Lunatic 19s: A Deportational Road Trip

World premiere of Tegan McLeod’s new production about the human stories at the heart of current debates surrounding migration and refugees. In Lunatic 19s we meet Gracie, an undocumented Latina migrant worker from Kentucky, who is recovering from a serious car crash. She’s tracked down in her hospital bed by immigration enforcement officer Alec, who drags her away for deportation. With coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19s captures the brutal surrealism of a jailer and prisoner bound together on a road trip to exile and new beginnings.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £18/£20, £16/£18 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 01223 357 851. www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

 

Until Saturday 31 August

The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes (The Ferryman and Skyfall) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles in a play about the Jewish family and company that changed the world. 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.

7pm. From £18. Piccadilly Theatre, W1D 7DY. www.atgtickets.com

 

Until Saturday 7 September

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s multi-award-winning musical runs at London Palladium for a limited time. Featuring songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). From £24. London Palladium, W1F 7LA. https://lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/the-london-palladium

 

Until Saturday 14 September

Come From Away

The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit makes its UK premiere in London’s West End. From the Canadian Jewish writing team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away tells the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world grounded during the 9/11 attacks, including a stranded rabbi from London. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR, read our review on the JR blog and listen to our interview with the real-life rabbi, Leivi Sudak of Edgware Lubavitch, on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). From £19.50. Phoenix Theatre, WC2H 0JP. https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk

 

Until Saturday 21 September

Bitter Wheat

John Malkovich stars in a dark new comedy by David Mamet, one of America’s most celebrated Jewish playwrights, inspired by the behaviour of disgraced (also Jewish) Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Malkovich is Barney Fein, a Hollywood mogul who preys on the hopeful young female talent signed by the studio he heads. The play charts his fall from power to shame in what Mamet, who also directs, describes as “a mythic journey”. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). From £15. Garrick Theatre, WC2H 0HH. 033 0333 4811. www.nimaxtheatres.com

 

Until Saturday 28 September

Fiddler on the Roof

After a sold-out run at The Menier Chocolate Factory, this staging by Trevor Nunn of the classic story of the travails of Tevye the milkman, his wife and five daughters, transfers to the Playhouse. The renowned soundtrack includes ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’. Listen to our interview with Stewart Clarke, who plays Perchik, on JR OutLoud and read our five-star review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 2.30pm (Tue, Thu & Sat). From £20. Playhouse Theatre, WC2N 5DE. https://playhouse.londontheatres.co.uk

 

Until Sunday 3 November

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated, smash-and-grab hit comedy. It’s the summer of 1958 and Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead-set on pocketing this gem, with help from his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend and the maintenance man. Before long, mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas unravel and even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel? Listen to our interview with Jenna Augen, who plays Ruth the bank teller, on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat only), 3pm (Sun only). £10-£72.50. Criterion Theatre, W1V 9LB. 084 4815 6131. www.bankrobberycomedy.com

Saturday 3 – Saturday 10 August

The Mikvah Project

Eitan is 17. Avi is 35. Eitan loves Arsenal. Avi loves his wife. Eitan goes to college. Avi is trying for a child. They are in completely different places in their lives. Yet, every Friday, Eitan and Avi meet at the mikvah to take part in the Jewish ritual of submerging in the water. As they chat about life in the synagogue, football, the nature of marriage and desire they form an unexpected bond that threatens to disrupt life outside the mikvah.

7pm (Sat & Thu), 9pm (Tue & Sat). £8.50. Orange Tree Theatre, TW9 2SA. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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WALKS

Sunday 21 July

The Hidden Gems of Kensington

Join the Challenge Committee for a sponsored walk around Kensington. Discover the site of London’s first village square, learn more about the Albert Memorial, and uncover the area’s Israel connection.

10.15am. Donation. Meet at High Street Kensington Station, W8 5SA. 07703 534 140. www.jewishcare.org

 

Sunday 28 July

A Square Mile of Piety: Stamford Hill

Join Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky on this stroll around Stamford Hill. Learn about its former wealthy residents, the Rothschilds and Montefiores, and its growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Plus discover the stories behind various synagogues and the first home of the Jewish Deaf Association, and taste some authentic rugelach.

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

Sunday 25 August

The Freuds in Hampstead

Explore the memories of the Freud family in north London. Sigmund Freud escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938 to “die in freedom” and his home in Hampstead became a magnet for other European refugees. But he was not the only Freud to leave his mark in NW3. This tour also profiles his daughter Anna (1895-1982), whose work continues to do good at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and his son Ernst (1892-1970), an architect whose modernist houses remain a testament to his talent.

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

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WORKSHOPS

Until Monday 29 July

Towards an Open Land: On the Frontline Together

A weekly Monday workshop taught by Muslim and Jewish tutors Shamim Azad and Ariel Kahn. This short course draws on participants’ different cultural backgrounds to create work that resists stereotypes and celebrates diversity. In the face of increasing hostility towards migrant communities, these sessions aim to show how the two communities can draw strength and solidarity from one another.

6-8pm. Free for members (m’ship £15). SOAS, WC1H 0XG. www.exiledwriters.co.uk

Until Wednesday 25 September

Mixed Voices Choir

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

Thursday 18 July

Best of Jewish Cooking

This Jewish cooking class focuses on traditional Ashkenazi foods with a few typical Sephardi dishes thrown in to lighten the mix. Students will create dishes such as  traditional chicken soup made from scratch, kneidlach, beef tzimmes, latkes and challah. After cooking, the group will gather together to enjoy the feast with specially paired organic wines. This class is about Jewish food, but is not kosher.

10am-1pm. £125. Cookery School at Little Portland Street, W1W 8BW. 020 7631 4590. www.cookeryschool.co.uk

 

Monday 5 – Thursday 15 August

Intensive Summer Evening Ulpan

Learn Hebrew over one or two weeks. Suitable for all levels. Note there are no lessons Friday to Sunday.

6.30-9.30pm. £385 (two weeks), £220 (one week only). New London Synagogue, NW8 0AT. www.spiroark.org

 

Sunday 18 – Friday 23 August

Golden Peacock

A week-long course presented by the Jewish Music Institute covering everything you need to know about Yiddish culture, language and song. Led by acclaimed Yiddish singer and teacher Shura Lipovsky and others.

Times vary. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG. www.jmi.org.uk  

 

Klezfest

Take a five-day course in klezmer this August at the Jewish Music Institute’s annual summer school. Special guest lecturers have been called in to teach eager and willing students about the history, melodies, ornamentation and dances of klezmer. Featuring Susi Evans, clarinetist and assistant head of faculty, German mandolin virtuoso Andreas Schmitges, accordionist Alan Bern and many more. Participants will play in groups and delve into improv techniques, interpret scores, jam and play live to the public.

Times vary. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG. www.jmi.org.uk  

Ot Azoy!

The Jewish Music Institute’s annual summer course in all things Yiddish. People of all ages are invited to learn about the Yiddish language, songs and culture in an intensive week-long series of classes. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, the course also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures.

Times vary. £150-£225. SOAS, Main Building, WC1H 0XG. www.jmi.org.uk