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12 Star Gallery

Art-Exit: 1939 A Very Different Europe

BURU (the Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Jewish and immigrant Contribution to the Visual Arts in Britain since 1900) presents this new display, which shines a light on the Europe of 1939. See work by many of central Europe’s most distinguished, talented and pioneering artists, who were forced to leave their homes in order to escape tyranny in search of artistic and personal freedoms.
Until 11 September

Europe House, SW1P 3EU. www.benuri.org.uk

Ben Uri

Looking and Experiencing: A Tribute to Leon Kossoff (1926–2019)

A retrospective of work by Leon Kossoff, who sadly passed away in July 2019. Born in Islington to first generation Russian Jewish immigrants, Kossoff was raised in London’s East End, where his parents ran a bakery. He is best known for his figurative portraits, life drawings and cityscapes.
19 September – 18 October

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

Etz Chayim Gallery

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.
Until 15 September

Cahoots Art

See a diverse range of work by members of the Cahoots Art group. Featuring Angela Pearcey, Helen Fletcher, Indu Shah, Janet Clark, Kalpna Saksena and Pauline Heginbotham.
16 September – 28 October

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.
Until 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 10 November

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

Laocoon Gallery

David Breuer-Weil

London artist David Breuer-Weil has been commissioned to reinterpret the Vatican’s statue of mythical Trojan priest Laocoön, which was excavated in Rome, 1506. Breuer-Weil’s piece is an abstract reworking cast in bronze. The installation will also include studies related to this striking sculpture, as well as a new pair of etchings entitled The Sculpture Garden.
12 September – 12 October

SW1Y 6QB. 020 8075 3903. https://laocoongallery.co.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

POSK Gallery

Outlook: No Return

Ben Uri Gallery has loaned selected works from their collection by distinguished Polish emigré artists for this exhibition about the contribution to British culture by Polish artists who fled Nazi-dominated Europe.
15-25 September

W6 0RF. www.posk.org/en/gallery

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 

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

Thursday 12 September

Uprooted

See above for info.

Phone for times and prices. Stanmore Synagogue, HA7 4NS. 020 8954 2210. www.harif.org

Sunday 15 September

Yiddish Open Mic Café

A monthly get-together for Yiddish speakers of all levels, plus anyone with an interest in Yiddish, to socialise, entertain and be entertained in a friendly, mainly Yiddish-language environment (with translations into English). If you’d like to perform a song, poem, sketch or comedy set (up to eight minutes), email yiddishcafe@gmail.com or sign up on the night.

2-5pm. £7. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. www.fb.com/yiddishopenmic

 

Tuesday 24 September

Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933: Changing Visual and Material Culture

Yearbook launch for the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. This extensive research project has been co-edited by Marian Malet, Anna Nyburg and Ben Uri's Sarah MacDougall and Rachel Dickson.

6.30-8.30pm. FREE. Ben Uri Gallery, NW8 0RH. www.benuri.org.uk

 

Sunday 29 September

Memory of Embers

Seagull Books and Exiled Writers Ink present an evening of Iraqi poetry and discussion on exile, war and resistance. Featuring Salah Al Hamdani, Adnan Al Sayegh, Reem Kais Kubba, Sonia Alland and Haifa Zangana.

6.30pm. FREE. Poetry Cafe, WC2H 9BX. www.exiledwriters.co.uk

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COMEDY

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Friday 13 September – Friday 13 December

Shabbaboom: Music and Baking

Roll, braid and bake challah, before an interactive family sing-along and dance to welcome the weekly Shabbat.

10am. £8.50. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Sunday 15 September

Opera Mayhem

A playful introduction to opera for youngsters. Presented by Israeli soprano Noa Lachman and Russian British bass Toby Sims, the performance will be in Hebrew, English and Italian.

1pm. £5. Richmond Jewish Community Hub, TW9 1AP. 07741 801 292. www.rjch.org.uk

 

Opera Mayhem in Russian

A performance entirely in Russian; see above for info.

4pm. £12, adults free. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Rosh Hashanah Story and Craft with PJ Library

An interactive storytelling afternoon to celebrate the Jewish New Year. The PJ Library will read stories and encourage everyone to get creative and make Rosh Hashanah necklaces, shofars and honeycomb cards.

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

 

Sunday 22 September

K’mo B’bayit Chagei Tishrei

An Israeli family get-together for Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, with live music, pomegranates, honey, apples and lots of dancing.

3pm. £2.50-£5. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

FAMILY

FILM

Until Thursday 21 September

Sefarad

Based on true events, this historical drama recounts the story of the Portuguese Jews, from their expulsion in 1496 to the present day. As this outcast community connects with refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, Portugal becomes a vibrant Jewish centre once more.

Times vary. £5-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. http://ukjewishfilm.org

Sunday 15 September

Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story

In his short stories, Israeli writer Etgar Keret plays with fantasy and reality. So it’s no surprise that a documentary about him wanders into the world of animation. In this the filmmakers, Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm, investigate why storytelling is such an essential part of Keret’s life.

3.45pm. £6. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Heritage Day Film: Why the Jews?

B’nai B’rith UK will be showing Why the Jews? This documentary details the many great accomplishments of the Jewish people and asks: how did they do it? The screening will be followed by an interview with the film’s director, John Curtin.

7-10.30pm. £18. Ort House, NW1 7NE. https://bnaibrithuk.org

Klezzy Film Club

A screening of In the Fiddler’s House, a 90s documentary about the origin of klezmer, followed by Sunday lunch and a klezmer jam. All levels and instruments welcome.

1-5pm. FREE. The Ship, SE1 1DX. www.fb.com/events/2471888663039013

 

Sunday 15 – Thursday 19 September

The Testament

Amichai Greenberg’s drama about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria.

6pm. Phone for prices. Reel Cinema Borehamwood, WD6 1EH. 020 8207 2028. https://ukjewishfilm.org

 

Thursday 19 September

Rimmer Family Home Videos: Personal Shopping

Watch the premiere of a satirical short that examines the traditional British Jewish family, as enacted by The Rimmers, Borehamwood’s most depraved outfit. The evening will also feature a screening of Cheap Philosophy, a short comedy about depression, failure and betrayal, made in 1993 with a borrowed video camera by filmmaker Ruth Novaczek. Followed by a discussion on Jewish queer identity and a kiddush.

6.30pm. £8.50, £6.50 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

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MUSIC

Sunday 15 September

Jazz with John Altman

London composer and saxophonist John Altman performs with his jazz quartet.

7.30pm. £15. Woodford Forest United Synagogue, E18 2QZ. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Saturday 21 September

Rebel Sounds Live: Cold War Russia – Jazz and Pop Subculture

To coincide with the Rebel Sounds exhibition, about the individuals willing to risk their lives to save their culture in times of oppression, IWM presents a series of live music and talks. In this one they focus on Russia, featuring Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield, founders of the X-Ray Audio project, which sought out Rudy Fuchs and other bootleggers from the Soviet Union who smuggled banned music in on discarded X-rays. The pair will discuss the project further and play a “forbidden playlist”.

12pm & 2pm (followed by a talk at 3pm). FREE. Imperial War Museum, SE1 6HZ. 020 7323 4700. www.iwm.org.uk

 

Thursday 26 September

Jeremy Sassoon

Jazz pianist and singer Jeremy Sassoon, along with his quartet, presents a history of Jewish songwriters. Hear pieces from the golden era of Gershwin and the American songbook, right up to the end of the 20th century, covering Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Randy Newman.

7.30pm. £20. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Sunday 29 September & Thursday 19 December

Jonathan Biss: Beethoven Piano Sonatas Cycle

Jewish pianist Jonathan Biss performs all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall over the course of seven months. As a great interpreter of Beethoven, Biss offers his unique take on the German composer for the 250th anniversary year of his birth.

7.30pm. £18-£40. Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP. 020 7935 2141. https://wigmore-hall.org.uk

Monday 30 September

Radical Tashlich

Join Jewdas for a radical evening of songs, plus reflection and a renewal of commitment to smashing capitalism.

6-9pm. FREE. The Myddleton Arms, N1 2HS. www.fb.com/oiveyitsjewdas

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TALKS

Wednesday 11 September

Cressida Dick CBE QPM

The commissioner of The Met Police delivers a talk for the UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

6-6.30pm. £25, £5 students. City of London venue revealed upon purchase. www.jewishlawyers.co.uk

 

Zim and Zam Jews

Dr Saul Zadka talks about his trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. In Harare he visited the glorious Sephardi synagogue. But the highlight of his trip was meeting the Lemba Black Jews.

7.30pm. £10. Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue, N2 0RE. 020 7794 4655. https://harif.org

Thursday 12 September

The Face of Weimar Culture

Dr Deborah Lewer considers the critical importance of the arts, gender and the shifting politics of Germany in the 1920s and 30s. She explores in particular portraits by German Jewish photographer Gerty Simon.

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

 

The World’s Jewish War Heroes

A talk by Dr Martin Aaron. Contact firstlodgengland@aol.com for prices.

8-10.30pm. Golders Green venue, NW11. https://bnaibrithuk.org

 

Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 September

The Jews of Iraq Conference

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq presents this three-day conference. Topics covered include the Aramaic-speaking Jewish communities of Northern Iraq; Jewish participation in Iraqi society from a musical perspective; and what the future holds for the existence of a Jewish minority in Iraq.

Times vary. £50, £40 unwaged, £25 students. SOAS University of London, WC1H 0XG. www.bisi.ac.uk

 

Tuesday 17 September

PhD and a Cup of Tea: The Materialisation of Sobibór Death Camp

Hannah Wilson shares her PhD research into the impact of the recent archaeological findings at the former site of Sobibór death camp in eastern Poland. Discover the personal belongings and memories unearthed through interviews with the archaeologists, museum curators and the remaining family members of victims.

3-4.15pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

A Tribute to UK Post-War Cantors

The family members of well known UK cantors discuss their lives and select their favourite cantorial pieces. Featuring Simon Hass’s son Stuart, Johnny Gluck’s brother Nathan, J Landenberg’s son Avi and more.

7.30pm. £5. Edgware Synagogue, HA8 8YE. 020 8958 7508. www.edgwareu.com

Wednesday 18 September

Israel’s Election Outcome and the Need for Electoral Reform

A day after Israel’s second elections in three months and the country is still faced with the difficult task of putting a new government together. What did Israel gain from having two elections in such a short period and what are the realistic chances of putting a new government together in as short a time as possible? Professor David Newman discusses.

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

The Legacy of World War I for the Weimar Republic

Professor Matthew Stibbe challenges the notion that the Treaty of Versailles settlement and reparations led directly to the collapse of the Weimar Republic. He’ll also explore the divided memory of the war and how that ultimately played into the hands of Hitler and the Nazis.

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

 

Thursday 19 September

Defining Antisemitism in a Global Context of Anti-Jewish Prejudice

A talk delivered by Yulia Egorova, who is director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics at Durham University.

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

Saturday 21 September

Selichot: Supper, Study and Service

In the run-up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, selichot (penitential poems and prayers) provide a chance to intellectually and spiritually prepare. Rabbi Benji will explore a thought-provoking subject, there will be some music and everyone will share a meal together. 

7-10pm. FREE. Westminster Synagogue, SW7 1BX. www.westminstersynagogue.org

 

Sunday 22 September

The History of Synagogue Music

A talk by cantor Paul Heller. Contact firstunity@mail.com for prices.

8-10.30pm. Golders Green venue, NW11. https://bnaibrithuk.org

 

Monday 23 September

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

 

The Sounds of Awe

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe, have special prayers that articulate our understanding of God. These prayers are sung to prepare the heart, mind and soul for divine attention, connection and atonement. Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi community, will speak about and perform these moving and lyrical prayers, and explore their place in Sephardi culture, as well as his own relationship with the prayers.

8.30pm. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Saturday 28 September

Jewish Museum London x Vagina Museum Late

A joint venture dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy. Questioning traditional museum narratives, participants can enjoy workshops, pop-up exhibitions, curator talks and more to explore the power and wonder of the female body in Jewish culture and beyond.

6-10pm. £10. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

THEATRE

Until Saturday 14 September

STYX

Jewish theatremaker Max Barton explores the experiences of living and dying with Alzheimer's in his autobiographical show about a grandmother and grandson. STYX moves to Streatham Space Project, 15-19 September. Read our review of STYX on the JR blog.

7.30pm. £14, £12 concs. Playground Theatre, W10 6RQ. https://theplaygroundtheatre.london

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 Sunday 22 September

Working

An intriguing musical adapted from Studs Terkel’s book by Stephen Schwartz. Working provides a portrait of the American workday, told from the perspective of those the world often overlooks – schoolteacher, housewife, fireman and waitress amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.

7.30pm, 4pm (Sun only). £16-£20, £14-£18 concs. Upstairs at the Gatehouse, N6 4BD. www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

 

Until Saturday 28 September

The Doctor

World premiere of Robert Icke’s new play starring Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz. The Doctor has been loosely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's 1912 play about a Jewish physician, Professor Bernhardi, which was banned in Austria during the Austro-Hungarian Empire (which collapsed in 1918) due to its exploration of themes surrounding Austrian-Jewish identity and antisemitism. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £10-£42.50. Almeida Theatre, N1 1TA. https://almeida.co.uk

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 Saturday 12 October

Amsterdam

Prize-winning Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur presents the UK premiere of her bold new thriller. The protagonist of Amsterdam is an Israeli violinist who is living happily, nine-months pregnant, in her trendy canal-side apartment, until she receives an unpaid gas bill from 1944. The mysterious document awakens unsettling feelings of identity, foreignness and alienation; and a devastating past must be reconstructed to try and make sense of the present. Amsterdam heads out on a UK tour in 2020.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). £15-£32, £15 under-30s. Orange Tree Theatre, TW9 2SA. www.atctheatre.com

Until Sunday 13 October

Torch Song

A new revival of Harvey Fierstein’s dizzyingly funny, Tony Award-winning story of drag queen Arnold Beckoff. Matthew Needham plays Beckoff in his quest for true love in 1970s Manhattan. Read our review of Torch Song on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Wed-Sun), 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £32. The Turbine Theatre, SW11 8AB. 020 7851 0300. www.theturbinetheatre.com

 

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

 

Until Saturday 23 November

Falsettos: The Musical

UK premiere of the double Tony Award-winning Falsettos, a funny and poignant look at a modern family. The story revolves around the life of gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and their lesbian neighbours.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). From £19.50. The Other Palace, SW1E 5JA. www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Until Saturday 15 February 2020

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

Sunday 15 - Thursday 19 September

STYX

Jewish theatremaker Max Barton explores the experiences of living and dying with Alzheimer's in his autobiographical show about a grandmother and grandson. Read our review of STYX on the JR blog.

7.45pm, 6.30pm (Sun only). £14, £12 concs. Streatham Space Project, SW2 4PA. www.streathamspaceproject.co.uk

 

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 28 September

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

A dark folk tale 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 their relationship with God. Read our interview with the show’s creators, Moscovitch and Christian Barry, in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and on the JR blog.

7.45pm, 3pm (Thu & Sat only). From £12.50. Wilton’s Music Hall, E1 8JB. 020 7702 2789. www.wiltons.org.uk

 

Wednesday 18 September – Saturday 26 October

Mother of Him

A powerful and provocative drama from Evan Placey, inspired by true events. Brenda, a single Jewish mother (Tracy-Ann Oberman) juggles her professional life whilst ushering youngest son Jason off to school. His older brother Matthew is asleep upstairs. This could be a day like any other, if Matthew wasn't under house arrest. Pursued by the media and tormented by guilt, Brenda tries to hold her family together as the world is set to tear them apart.

7.30pm, 3pm (Thu & Sat only). £18.50-£32.50, £16.50-£23.50 concs. Park200, N4 3JP. www.parktheatre.co.uk

Thursday 19 September – Saturday 2 November

Blood Wedding

Highly acclaimed Jewish director Yaël Farber brings Federíco Garcia Lorca’s folk tragedy to the Young Vic in a new version by Marina Carr. Blood Wedding follows two ordinary women in confronting their passionate natures and rebelling against the constraints of Spanish society.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £10-£40. Young Vic, SE1 8LZ. 0207 922 2922. www.youngvic.org

 

Sunday 22 September

Telling Refugee Love Stories

Listen to a panel of experts, including JR’s Arts Editor Judi Herman, the acclaimed playwright Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) and the creators of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story discuss the personal and political complexities of migration and the opportunities theatre creates to tackle difficult questions. Read our interview with Old Stock’s creators, Hannah Moscovitch and Christian Barry, in the Oct 2018 issue of JR and on the JR blog.

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

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 September

The Escape Act: A Holocaust Memoir

Based on a true story, The Escape Artists follows Irene Danner-Storm, a Jewish acrobat who ran away with a German circus during World War II to avoid being captured by the Nazis. With collected testimonial accounts and eye-witness interviews, the production combines elements of theatre, circus and puppetry to examine this woman’s extraordinary life under the Third Reich.

7.30pm. £10-£16. Jacksons Lane, N6 5AA. www.jacksonslane.org.uk

 

Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 September

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s multi-award-winning musical heads out on a tour of the UK. Featuring songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’.

Times vary. £34.50-£44.50. Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE. www.kenwright.com/portfolio/joseph-and-the-technicolor-dreamcoat

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WALKS

Sunday 15 September

Notting Hill with a Visit to St Petersburgh Place Synagogue

Not so long ago, Notting Hill was defined by slum landlords and a strong Caribbean community. It was also home to a small but vibrant Jewish community, which you can learn more about on this walk with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. The tour ends with a visit to the historic New West End Synagogue in St Petersburgh Place.

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

 

Tuesday 24 September

Willesden Cemetery

Visit the last resting place of both the famous and the unknown, whose varied lives produce enthralling, inspiring, tragic and even humorous stories. The 140-year-old Willesden Cemetery is the resting place of four chief rabbis, members of the Rothschild family and the royal illusionist who invented the saw-the-lady-in-half trick, amongst many others.

10.30am. £16. Exact meeting place revealed upon booking. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

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WORKSHOPS

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 

Until Thursday 12 December

Jewish Cookery School

Denise Phillips leads a series of regular Jewish cooking classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a scattering of lessons on other days. Check the website to find out what is being taught when, but topics include kosher sharing plates, Yom Tov desserts and creative sushi. These classes are suitable for all levels of expertise.

10am-2pm. £65. Northwood venue revealed upon purchase. https://jewishcookery.com

Wednesday 11 – Wednesday 25 September

Israeli Singing Group

Weekly community Israeli singing group led by Yuval Havkin every Wednesday. Anyone who enjoys singing Israeli songs is welcome, but an ability to read and sing in Hebrew is necessary.

7.45pm. Phone for prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Wednesday 18 September, Wednesday 30 October, Wednesday 20 November & Wednesday 18 December

Craft of Poetry Workshops for Refugees and Migrants

Published poet Catherine Temma Davidson, who teaches at Regents University, runs this writing workshop specifically aimed at refugees and migrants.

6-8pm. Free for members (m’ship £15). Poetry Cafe, WC2H 9BX. www.exiledwriters.co.uk

Sunday 22 September

Great Yiddish Parade Workshop

Learn old and new material in preparation for the upcoming parades. Open to new musicians and singers, as well as regulars.

2-5pm. FREE. SOAS University of London, WC1H 0XG. www.fb.com/thegreatyiddishparade

Wednesday 25 September

Challah for Hunger

Volunteer with Challah for Hunger, which brings people together to make a difference through baking and selling challah. The money raised goes to the charities Tzedek and Doorstep for the Homeless.

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

Wednesday 25 September – Wednesday 27 November

The Rescuers and the Rescued

Paul Levy runs this 10-week course about the philanthropists who helped save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, as well as the children who were saved as a result of the Kindertransport. In the first half he’ll deal with people such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and Nicholas Winton, while in the second half he’ll look at the success of those rescued, including Lord Alfie Dubs, Dame Stephanie Shirley and Bertha Leverton.

2-4pm. £86 (whole course). Northwood United Synagogue, HA6 2YP. 01923 820 004. www.northwoodus.org