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British Museum

Witnesses: Émigré Medalists in Britain

For hundreds of years, artists from other countries have come to Britain and designed important and beautiful medals, adding a new element to British art history. This exhibition features a range of medals spanning six centuries, many of which document important historical events and famous figures. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 7 April

WC1B 3DG. 020 7323 8299. www.britishmuseum.org

Etz Chayim Gallery

Surreal and Fantasy

An exhibition by Michelle Karpus.
Until 7 January

Holocaust Memorial

Prints by the late Hans Jackson, as well as a display of work from the private collection of Joan Noble.
Until 18 February

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

Imperial War Museum

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

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

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

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

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

Jewish Museum

Remembering the Kindertransport: 80 Years On

Learn about six of the children who took the Kindertransport and discover their stories in their own words. Plus, see photos by Dr Bea Lewkowicz from Still in Our Hands: Kinder Life Portraits, displayed in the museum’s café.
Until 10 February

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.
Until 24 February

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

National Gallery

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

Marking just over a century since David Bomberg’s (1890–1957) first solo show at the onset of war in 1914, this exhibition displays some of his earliest paintings alongside the works that influenced him. From Botticelli to Michelangelo, the artworks reveal how Bomberg’s rebellious, youthful pieces drew inspiration from the paintings he most admired in the National Gallery.
Until 1 March

WC2N 5DN. 020 7747 2885. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

The Photographer’s Gallery

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

See Jewish Museum London listing for info.
Until 24 February

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

Richmond Synagogue

Exhibition and Jewish Art Fair

Browse and buy a variety of artworks of Jewish and non-Jewish themes. The exhibition and fair is open 3-8pm and costs £10 to enter.
13 January

TW9 1AP. www.rjch.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.
Until 3 February

W1J 0BD. www.royalacademy.org.uk

Tate Britain

Jesse Darling: The Ballad of Saint Jerome

Sculptures, drawings and objects created by Jesse Darling inspired by the story of Saint Jerome helping an injured lion. Saint Jerome was a 4th-century Christian scholar best known for having translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin.
Until 24 February

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

Figure Totem Beast: Sculpture in Britain in the 1950s

A selection of uncompromising sculpture that emerged in Britain after World War II. Artists featured include Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi, Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.
Until 4 February

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33

Explore German art made between the wars in this free exhibition, which draws upon the George Economou Collection. These rich holdings provide a rare opportunity to see artworks not usually on public display. Artists featured include Otto Dix, Jeanne Mammen, George Grosz and Albert Birkle.
Until 14 July

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 

V&A Museum of Childhood

Little Happenings: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm

Dorothy Bohm has been taking photographs for over 70 years, ever since her father gave her a camera as she fled Nazi Germany as a child. She has taken her camera with her ever since, photographing little happenings across the globe. Little Happenings explores the universal qualities of childhood. Despite her photography covering so many decades, cultures and countries, what connects us all through the experience of childhood shines through in Bohm’s intimate photographs. This exhibition is part of Insiders Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contributions to British culture. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 17 March

E2 9PA. 020 8983 5200. www.vam.ac.uk/moc

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.
Until 15 February 2019

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

BOOKS & POETRY

Wednesday 23 January

The Impact of Zionism and Israel on Anglo-Jewry’s Identity

Jack Omer-Jackaman discusses his book The Impact of Zionism and Israel on Anglo-Jewry’s Identity, 1948-82: Caught Somewhere Between Zion and Galut.

7.30pm. £10. Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, N2 0RE. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org

 

Saturday 26 January & Saturday 23 February

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. £5. Poetry Café, WC2H 9BX. yiddishcafe@gmail.com

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Monday 14 January – Monday 1 April

Play Time with London Hebrew Gymnasium

Playful learning sessions every Monday about music, science, maths, art, drama and culture. All classes conducted in Hebrew.

4.30pm. Phone for prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 074 2828 4752. www.hebrewg.com

 

Safa with London Hebrew Gymnasium

A chance for children to familiarise themselves with letters and nikud and take the first steps in reading modern Hebrew.

5.30pm. Phone for prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 074 2828 4752. www.hebrewg.com

 

Tzofikeff

Lively and fun Hebrew activities, combining Jewish and universal values that educate children about friendship and acceptance. All classes conducted in Hebrew, in an Israeli environment. Suitable for ages 2-3.

4.30pm. Phone for prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 078 0246 4654. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Sunday 20 January

Crafternoon: Tu B’shevat

It's Tu B'shevat so get ready for spring and wish happy birthday to the trees by making your own picture of a tree beginning to bloom.

2pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

 

K'mo B'bayit Tu B'shevat

An Israeli get-together especially for Tu B'shevat. Celebrate the birthday of the trees with an interactive musical activity, lots of dancing, dried fruit, crafts and more. Session in Hebrew.

3pm. £2.50-£5. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

 

FAMILY

FILM

Sunday 13 – Thursday 17 January

The Interpreter

A Slovakian Jewish interpreter intends to track down and kill the SS officer who shot his parents. Instead he meets the officer’s womanising son, who wants to investigate his father's past.

Times vary. £5-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Saturday 19 January & Saturday 16 February

Saturday Night at the Movies

Thought-provoking films of Jewish interest, followed by discussion and refreshments. January’s film is Through the Wall, followed by Left Luggage in February.

7.30pm. £5. Bushey & District Synagogue, WD23 1AJ. https://myus.theus.org.uk

Sunday 20 – Thursday 24 January

Itzhak

At the tender age of 13, Israeli prodigy Itzhak Perlman appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he amazed his host and millions of people at home with his virtuosic violin performance. Since then he has become one of the world’s best known, and loved, musicians. This documentary follows Perlman, now 73, as he continues to perform and teach.

Times vary. £5-£12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Monday 21 January – Saturday 2 February

Draw Me Close

Preview this unique performance from the award-winning Jewish playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill. Screened to one person at a time, the hour-long Draw Me Close blends live performance, virtual reality and animation. With illustrations by fellow Jewish artist Teva Harrison, Tannahill creates a vivid memoir about the relationship between him and his mother in the wake of her terminal cancer diagnosis.

From 10.45am. £15. Young Vic, SE1 8LZ. 020 7922 2922. www.youngvic.org

Sunday 27 January

Who Will Write Our History?

The first British screening of this para-documentary about the Jewish historian Emanuel Ringelblum, who founded an underground archive in Warsaw in 1941 to record how Jews lived and died in the Ghetto.

6pm. £12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Tuesday 29 January

Leon Greenman: Survivor

Joshua Rocker presents his documentary about Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman, a courageous campaigner against fascism right up until his death. Followed by a Q&A session with Rocker.

6.30pm. £12. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

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MUSIC

Wednesday 16 January

Music From a Vanished World

Alan Bern (piano/accordion) and Svetlana Kundish (soprano) present an evening of discussion and songs from the memories of Holocaust survivors and their family members. This event, hosted in association with JMI, is inspired by the Roman Vishniac exhibition, to which tickets also allow entry.

7-9pm. £15-£20. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Wednesday 23 January

Ik Zeg: Nu (I Say: Now)

World premiere of composer Richard Causton’s piece, which is named after a book by his 96-year-old Dutch relative, Sal van Son. Ik Zeg: Nu traces the history of van Son’s Jewish family over four centuries, including his own time hiding from the Nazis in Holland during World War II. The piece will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Sakari Oramo, and features the ‘crowbarophone’, a microtonally tuned set of bells that Causton built specifically for his compositions.

7.30pm. £12-£40. Barbican, EC2Y 8DS. www.barbican.org.uk

 

Thursday 31 January

Field Music

Sunderland-based brothers Peter and David Brewis perform their specially commissioned piece, Field Music. Inspired by a rare document that captures the moment the guns fell silent, the piece explores the energy, hope and fragility brought about by the end of World War I.

9-11pm. £22. Imperial War Museum, SE1 6HZ. 020 7323 4700. www.iwm.org.uk

 

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TALKS

Sunday 13 January

Documenting a Journey

The Central British Fund for German Jewry (now World Jewish Relief) was instrumental in the organisation of the Kindertransport. Rebecca Singer will talk about the charity’s archive, which holds documents recording the children’s early lives in Britain. Plus, one of the Kinder featured in the exhibition, Elsa Shamash, will discuss some of these documents and her own personal version of events. Hosted in partnership with WJR.

2-3pm. FREE. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

The Percy Sonn Memorial Talk

Richard Cohen discusses Churchill and the Jews.

7.30pm. £5. Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue, IG7 5NT. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Monday 14 January

Curator's Talk: Roman Vishniac in Polish

Discover the behind-the-scenes story of Roman Vishniac and his extraordinary photographs in this Polish-language tour led by Dominik Czechowski, the head of exhibitions.

2-2.30pm. £8.50, £6.50 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Jews and the Tower of London Through the Ages

A reception and lecture by Sally Dixon-Smith hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of England.

6.30pm. £20. Tower of London, EC3N 4AB. https://jhse.org

 

Thursday 17 January

The Awakening of Jewish Identity in Israel

Rabbi Shalom Hammer questions why secular Israelis are beginning to identify more with their Judaism and how do the foundations of Jewish identity apply to Israeli society today?

7.45pm. £6. St Albans United Synagogue, AL1 3AQ. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

How the British Left Palestine

Professor Bernard Wasserstein from the University of Chicago delivers this talk for the Institute of Jewish Studies. 

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

 

The Oxford Series

Professor Judith Olszowy-Schlanger FBA (University of Oxford) discusses Jews, herrings and medieval Lynn.

7.30-9pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. www.ochjs.ac.uk

Sunday 20 January

Survivor Talk: John Dobai

Artist and filmmaker Sarah Dobai – daughter of John Dobai – will talk about her forthcoming film, The Donkey Field. The story focuses on her father’s experiences of the Holocaust in Budapest, 1944, and how he survived thanks to the work of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

2-3pm. FREE. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Monday 21 January

Entebbe: From Hijack to Rescue – A Personal Account

Major Rami Sherman from the IDF Commando Unit Sayeret Matkal tells his story of the hijacking, battle for and rescue of Air France flight 139 from Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 and its relevant message to us in 2019.

8pm. £7. Woodside Park United Synagogue, N12 8RZ. https://myus.theus.org.uk

 

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 January

The Kindertransport 80 Years On

This three-day symposium will bring together scholars from across the globe to present papers on all aspects of the Kindertransport’s history, historiography, literature, representation and legacy.

9.30am. £30-£35 (day only), £70 (three days). Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, WC1E 6BT. http://kt80symposium.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Thursday 24 January

Choosing Life

Mariuma, the founder of Shanti House – A Home for Youth at Risk, talks about her own experience of homelessness.

7.30pm. £5. Lauderdale Synagogue, W9 1LT. www.spiroark.org

 

The Oxford Series

Dr Benjamin Williams (University of Oxford) delivers a talk entitled ‘Bringing Maimonides to Oxford: Edward Pococke and Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah’.

7.30-9pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. www.ochjs.ac.uk

Sunday 27 January & Monday 18 February

Curator's Talk: Roman Vishniac in Yiddish

Discover the behind-the-scenes story of Roman Vishniac and his extraordinary photographs in this Yiddish-language tour led by Jemima Jarman, assistant curator.

2-2.30pm. £8.50, £6.50 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Readings, talks and violin music. Featuring guest speakers Philip Spencer, emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies at Kingston University, Rabbi Shindler and Holocaust survivors.

7.30pm. FREE. Richmond Synagogue, TW9 1AP. 07741 801 292. www.rjch.org.uk

 

Tuesday 29 January

An Evening on Egon Schiele

Tracey Emin CBE RA joins art historian Sir Norman Rosenthal to discuss the works of Austrian painter Egon Schiele for the Evi Wohlgemuth memorial lecture.

6.30-7.30pm. £20. Royal Academy of Arts, W1J 0BD. www.royalacademy.org.uk

Planning a Holiday?

David Jacobs discusses the history of Jewish travel, as advertised in the Jewish Chronicle. This event is hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of England’s Essex branch.

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

 

Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish communities of Poland and Hungary were the largest in the world and arguably the most culturally vibrant, yet they’ve rarely been studied comparatively. Speakers at this conference will reflect on the usefulness of historical comparisons, focusing on the social and cultural trajectories of Hungarian and Polish Jews, the Holocaust, historical consciousness and the role of Jews in the entertainment industry. Hosted by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and UCL’s Institute of Jewish Studies.

9.30am-5.30pm. £15, £10 concs. Embassy of the Republic of Poland, W1B 1JH. http://polishjewishstudies.co.uk

 

Wednesday 30 January

Constantly Rebuilt: The Worms Synagogue, 1034 to the 1990s

Dr Susanne Urban discusses the history of Worms Synagogue, which spans over 970 years. The Jewish community in Worms was present from the 11th century until 1942; the iconographic synagogue was burnt down during the November Pogrom in 1938 and its remaining walls demolished.

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

Thursday 31 January

The Oxford Series

Dr Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford) discusses Jews and Christians reading the Mishnah.

7.30-9pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. www.ochjs.ac.uk

THEATRE

Until Saturday 26 January

Hadestown

Following record-breaking runs in New York and Canada, this acclaimed musical comes to the National Theatre. With music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown was developed with multi-award-winning Jewish director Rachel Chavkin (ahead of her work on Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at the Old Vic in February 2019). In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.

7.30pm, 2pm (various Tue, Thu & Sat; phone for exact dates). £15-£62 (Mon-Thu), £18-£67 (Fri & Sat). National Theatre, SE1 9PX. 020 7452 3000. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk  

Party Time / Celebration

Jamie Lloyd directs these shorts for the Pinter at the Pinter season of the 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 and on the JR blog.
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu only). £15-£65. Harold Pinter Theatre, SW1Y 4DN. 084 5871 7615. www.pinteratthepinter.com

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 and on the JR blog.

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

Until Saturday 9 February

Rosenbaum’s Rescue

At once moving and funny, this sharp and intriguing new play unravels the stories of two childhood friends and one of history’s most compelling mysteries. October, 1943: 7,500 Jews flee Denmark in fishermen’s boats, crossing the water to Sweden and to safety from the occupying Nazi regime. Then in 2001, Chanukah: at a remote home on the snowy Danish coast, it’s time for two old friends to bury the hatchet. Lars and Abraham have not seen eye to eye for decades, but old tensions refuse to thaw as Lars’ relentless pursuit of the truth concerning the flight of Danish Jews during World War II challenges Abraham’s faith, patience and memories. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR, or head to the JR website to read our review of the show and listen to our interview with playwright Alexander Bodin Saphir.

7.30pm, 3pm (Thu & Sat only). £18.50-£32.50, £16.50-£23.50 concs. Park Theatre, N4 3JP. 020 7870 6876. www.parktheatre.co.uk  

Until Saturday 9 March

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’. Listen to our interview with Stewart Clarke, who plays Perchik, on JR OutLoud and read our review of the show on the JR blog.

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

Until Saturday 30 March

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’. Read our review of Company on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). £79.50-£124.50. Gielgud Theatre, W1D 6AR. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/theatres/gielgud-theatre

Until Saturday 6 April

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 and listen to our interview with two of the stars on JR OutLoud.

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

Monday 21 January, Monday 25 February, Monday 25 March

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

After touring the world and a few successful London runs, The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns to the Lyric Theatre. Directed by David Beck and Dean Elliott, this concert-style show tells the story of one of the world’s most famous folk duos – from their days as two young musicians in Queens, NY, when they went by the moniker Tom & Jerry, to finding international fame before an incendiary break-up. Video projection, lighting and a live band are all used to bring the hits to life, including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm. From £15. Lyric Theatre, W1D 7ES. www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 23 February

Beast on the Moon

In 1920s Milwaukee, Aram believes he will begin a new life when his teenage ‘mail-order’ bride Seta arrives. The couple is united by history – both are survivors of the Armenian Genocide – but their painful experiences do nothing to promote domestic harmony. Aram is obsessed with creating a family to replace the one he lost and Seta, just 15, struggles to embrace her new life in a new country. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR and listen to our interview with playwright Richard Kalinoski on on JR OutLoud.

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

 

Wednesday 30 January – Saturday 25 May

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 by the 9/11 attacks, including a stranded rabbi from London. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR 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

Thursday 31 January – Saturday 23 February

A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter

To honour the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death, the theatre that bears his name has been putting on a season of the great man's one-act plays. All 20 of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's short plays are being performed. Jamie Lloyd directs the final two comedic shorts, A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both of which were written in the late 50s and deal with life-changing scenarios. Cast includes Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

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

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WORKSHOPS

Until Wednesday 27 March

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. 079 1275 0474. www.jw3.org.uk

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 

Wednesday 16 January, Wednesday 20 February & Wednesday 13 March

Challah for Hunger

Volunteer with Challah for Hunger, which brings people together to make a difference through baking.

6pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Thursday 24 January

Representing the Holocaust on Screen

A participatory film workshop hosted by UK Jewish Film and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives. Participants will explore the varied representations of Holocaust narratives in a selection of clips. There will also be a display of materials illustrating the East End’s proud history of anti-fascist protest. Contact localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk to book.

6pm. Phone for prices. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, E1 4DQ. 020 7364 5000. http://ukjewishfilm.org

BRISTOL

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Tuesday 12 February

Finding Relly

Having grown up as the daughter of a Czech immigrant in post-war UK and Canada, Rosemary Schonfeld had no idea of her father’s Jewish identity. After his death she began looking into his past and traced her aunt Relly, who survived Auschwitz. She details this and more in her new book, Finding Relly, which she discusses here.

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

Tuesday 12 March

Women of Valour

At the heart of growing fundamentalism in the charedi sector lies the fate of women. Rabbis have banned women from driving, enforced modesty patrols and gender segregation on buses, and omitted women’s faces from newspapers and magazines. Charedi women, however, have not all been sitting in silent despair, they’ve been pushing back. Karen Skinazi highlights the work that charedi women are doing today, as covered in her recent book Women of Valour: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture.

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

Books & Poetry

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Film

Wednesday 30 January

1945

A contemporary black-and-white drama from Hungarian director Ferenc Török about the arrival of two Orthodox Jews upsetting the wedding day of a rural town clerk’s son in Hungary in 1945.

8pm (film start time). £5.75, £4.75 concs. Orpheus Cinema, Bristol, BS9 4HN. 011 7962 5852. www.scottcinemas.co.uk

 

Wednesday 27 February

RBG

Betsy West’s remarkable documentary about the career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film spans several decades, including Bader Ginsburg’s legal legacy and how she gained pop culture icon status.

8pm (film start time). £5.75, £4.75 concs. Orpheus Cinema, Bristol, BS9 4HN. 011 7962 5852. www.scottcinemas.co.uk

 

Sunday 24 March

The Man Who Got Carter

A documentary about the Jewish film producer Michael Klinger, preceded by a discussion about the Jewish influence on the British film industry. Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society, Watershed, UWE and Davar.

3-5.30pm. £5.75, £4.75 concs. Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX. 011 7927 5100. www.watershed.co.uk

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Wednesday 20 February

The Future of Interfaith Dialogue

Celebrate the launch of The Future of Interfaith Dialogue: Muslim-Christian Encounters Through a Common Word. Professor Dr Lejla Demiri and Reverend Dr Yazir Said, the editors, will be there to discuss the work.

5-6.30pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

Books & Poetry

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Talks

Tuesday 22 January

We Need to Talk About Israel/Palestine

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, former Conservative cabinet minister and presently a member of the House of Lords, and Jonathan Freedland, Guardian columnist and regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. The pair will discuss Israel and Palestine. This event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

5-7pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

 

Wednesday 30 January

Faith and Fashion: Embodiment, Gender and Religious Visibility

This panel will explore the nexus of body management, gender and religious cultures from a comparative perspective. Talk by Lea Taragin-Zeller, based on ethnographic research conducted among ultra-Orthodox female teenagers in Israel, exploring how female piety is constructed through a negotiation of modesty and beauty practices.

5-7pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

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Tuesday 15 January, Tuesday 5 & Tuesday 19 February, Tuesday 5 & 19 March

Kol Echad Choir

Join Cambridge’s only Jewish choir at their regular Tuesday rehearsals. All welcome.

Phone for times. FREE. Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue, Cambridge, CB5 8DW. 015 5384 9849. https://beth-shalom.org.uk

 

Wednesday 13 February

Roots, Diaspora and Belonging: A Musical Exploration

A workshop as part of the Living in Harmony research project at the Woolf Institute, which is exploring diasporic Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities from Syria and Iraq. In particular they’ll be looking at the Syrian and Iraqi diasporas, with speakers from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, ethnomusicology, archaeology, and sociology as well as artists and musicians from the region.

2-7pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

Workshops

CORNWALL 

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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. www.penleehouse.org.uk

ART

GREATER MANCHESTER

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Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

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

M17 1TZ. 016 1836 4000. www.iwm.org.uk

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Comedy

Saturday 12 January

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.

8pm. £12, £10 concs. The Lowry, Salford, M50 3AZ. www.danielcainer.com

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Thursday 24 January

Field Music

Sunderland-based brothers Peter and David Brewis perform their specially commissioned piece, Field Music. Inspired by a rare document that captures the moment the guns fell silent, the piece explores the energy, hope and fragility brought about by the end of World War I.

9-11pm. £22. Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, M17 1TZ. 016 1836 4000. www.iwm.org.uk

Music

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THEATRE

Saturday 2 March – Saturday 6 April

Rags

Stephen Schwartz’s musical, with book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), gets a reworking at the hands of director Bronagh Lagan. Rags is a heart-warming and powerful musical about Russian immigrant Rebecca, who travels to America with her son David in search of a better life. Rebecca must decide what matters more to her – staying true to her roots or adopting a new cultural identity in an attempt to “fit in”. Read more about Rags in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only), 3pm (Sun only). £21-£29. Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, M4 7JA. 033 3012 4963. http://hopemilltheatre.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE 

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Talks

Wednesday 30 January

My Family in Exile

Dame Stephanie Shirley, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who arrived on the Kindertransport, discusses her life and career for Holocaust Memorial Day.

6-7pm. FREE. University of Portsmouth, PO1 3AH. https://holocaustmemorialday2019.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Tuesday 5 February

Overcoming the Dark Past: Confronting the Holocaust in Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine

Professor Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University) delivers the annual Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture.

6pm. FREE. Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF. www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes

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

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

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

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Sunday 13 January

Daniel Cainer: Stories in Song

The all-singing, all-joking comedian performs a set of humorous observational comedy.

2.30pm. £12. Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, L8 1TG. 015 1709 3431. www.ticketsource.co.uk/princes

Comedy

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Sunday 27 January

Music for Life / Stolen My Innocence

Two plays written in response to International Holocaust Memorial Day. Music for Life tells the story of Alma Rose, a Jewish musician who kept herself and a company of women alive at Auschwitz by playing music to the guards. Stolen My Innocence is about the Bosnian genocide, told from the perspective of Amra Dautovic, who founded the refugee charity My Time.

7pm. £12. Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, L8 1TG. 015 1709 3431. www.ticketsource.co.uk/princes

Theatre

WORKSHOPS

Until Thursday 28 March

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

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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.
Until 27 January

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

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FAMILY

Sunday 31 March

Limmud Midlands

Join a like-minded crowd in a day of discussions, debates and discovery at Limmud Midlands (formerly Limmud Birmingham WM).

Contact office@limmud.org for times and prices. Birmingham venue revealed upon booking. www.limmud.org

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Sunday 13 January

Concerts at Central

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire returns for a new series of monthly community concerts.

4.15pm. £6, £5 adv. Birmingham Central Synagogue, B5 7PR. https://myus.theus.org.uk

Music

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Sunday 13 January

Birmingham School of Jewellery and the Staffordshire Hoard

Frank Cooper delivers this talk for the Birmingham Association of Jewish Graduates.

3pm. £5 (or £20 annual m’ship). Old Post Office, Moseley, B13 8JP. 012 1454 3002.

 

Sunday 17 February

British Jews in Post-War Britain: Thriving or Surviving?

Professor Gavin Schaffer delivers this annual Birmingham talk for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

3pm. £5 (or £20 annual m’ship). Old Post Office, Moseley, B13 8JP. 012 1454 3002. https://jhse.org 

 

Sunday 10 March

Drought and People

Dr A Van Loon delivers this talk for the Birmingham Association of Jewish Graduates.

3pm. £5 (or £20 annual m’ship). Old Post Office, Moseley, B13 8JP. 012 1454 3002.

Talks

OXFORDSHIRE

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Monday 14 January

Jewish Life in Early Modern Europe: The origins of the Oppenheim Collection

Dr Joshua Teplitsky launches his latest book.

5pm. FREE. Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford, OX1 3BG. www.ochjs.ac.uk

 

Monday 18 February

How Old is the Hebrew Bible?

Book launch, featuring Professors Ron Hendel (University of California), Jan Joosten (Oxford), Hindy Najman (Oxford) and Hugh Williamson (Oxford).

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

BOOKS & POETRY

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TALKS

Monday 14 January

The David Patterson Lectures

Dr Daniel Schumann (University of Münster) delivers a talk entitled ‘Conflicting Intrapersonal Powers: A Study in Early Rabbinic and Pauline Anthropology and Hamartiology’.

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

 

Monday 28 January

The David Patterson Lectures

Professor Richard Cohen (Hebrew University) delivers a talk entitled ‘Jewish Icons of Modernity- Spinoza, Da Costa, Mendelssohn, Jesus and Herzl – creating a Jewish Pantheon’.

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

 

Monday 4 February

The David Patterson Lectures

Dr Yael Fisch (Tel Aviv University) delivers a talk entitled ‘On breastfeeding: Mythological motherhood in ancient Jewish texts’.

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

 

Monday 11 February

The David Patterson Lectures

Professor Yosef Kaplan (Hebrew University) delivers a talk entitled ‘Herem Nacao style: Excommunications in the Early Modern Western Sephardi Communities’.

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

 

Monday 25 February

The David Patterson Lectures

Professor Johannes Heil (Heidelberg University) delivers a talk entitled ‘Before Rabbinical Judaism arrived: Jerome, Philo and the Jewish textual tradition of the Western Mediterranean up to the 9th century’.

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

 

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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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.
Until 6 February

G12 8QQ. www.hannahfrank.org.uk 

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Sunday 20 January

Leica, Jews and Germans

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith delivers this talk for the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society.

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

 

Sunday 10 February

London's Radical Jewish East End

David Rosenberg delivers an illustrated talk for the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society.

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

 

Sunday 24 February

From Vitebsk to Glasgow

Phil Alexander tells a tale of two cantors for the Edinburgh Jewish Literary Society.

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

 

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

SOMERSET 

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THEATRE

Until Saturday 22 December

The Model Apartment

Donald Margulies’ critically acclaimed and award-winning black comedy gets its UK premiere. The Model Apartment tells the story of Max and Lola, two elderly Holocaust survivors in the 1980s, who are retiring to Florida from Brooklyn. But their new life in the Sunshine State turns dark quickly when they’re asked to stay in a “model apartment” until their deluxe condo is completed.

7.45pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). £22.50, £17.50 concs. Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, Bath, BA1 1ET. 012 2544 8844. www.theatreroyal.org.uk

SUSSEX 

Sunday 27 January

Preview of Sir Anthony Seldon’s Book

Sir Anthony Seldon offers the audience an inside look at his new work, which will undoubtedly be a commentary on our times. This Sunday lecture includes a two-course lunch.

11.30am-3pm. £22.50. Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, Hove, BN3 1FF. 012 7373 7223. www.bhps-online.org

Books & Poetry

Sunday 3 February

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

The story of an Israeli woman’s (Ronit Elkabetz) three-year fight to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian), who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage. Directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz.

7.30pm. £4. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. breshdavid1@gmail.com

Film

Tuesday 29 January

Medieval Sephardi Literature

A lecture by Imogen Choi (University of Oxford) for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

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

 

Sunday 24 February

The Remarkable Isaac Rosenberg: WWI Poet and Painter

Dr Aviva Dautch delivers this Sunday lecture, which includes a two-course lunch.

11.30am-3pm. £22.50. Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, Hove, BN3 1FF. 012 7373 7223. www.bhps-online.org

 

Tuesday 26 February

Patriots and Jews

A lecture by Dr Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (UCL) about navigating the challenges of equality and integration in Liberal Italy.

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

 

Tuesday 26 March

Jews of Hastings and St Leonards

A lecture by Michael Jolles, a member of the Jewish Historical Society of England council.

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

 

Sunday 31 March

Herod’s Temple: The Most Remarkable Building of the Roman Empire (20 BC)

Dr. David Jacobson delivers this Sunday lecture, which includes a two-course lunch.

11.30am-3pm. £22.50. Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, Hove, BN3 1FF. 012 7373 7223. www.bhps-online.org

Talks

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WORKSHOPS

Until Tuesday 5 March

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. 074 8753 2432. nicolajhyman@talktalk.net

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

YORKSHIRE 

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TALKS

Wednesday 13 March

Why is There Anti-Israel Hostility on British University Campuses?

Lesley Klaff explores the impact of the British academic boycott of Israel from he 1970s to the present day.

7.30pm. FREE. Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com