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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.

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: Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, HA6 3AA. 019 2382 2592.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Wednesday 31 July

Yad B’Yad Lodge

B’nai B’rith UK book club. Contact for further details.

8-10.30pm. FREE. Pinner venue, HA5.

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

7pm. FREE. Poetry Cafe, WC2H 9BX.


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.



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 for prices.

4.30-6.15pm. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.


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 for prices.

5.30pm. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988.



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.

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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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. 


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.


Oneg Shabbat

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

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


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.



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.


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.

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.



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.

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). 

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.


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.


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.  



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.  

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. 



Thursday 25 July to Saturday 21 September

Kiss Me Kate

Under director Paul Hart, the performers of Watermill Theatre bring a special take to this backstage musical with its witty book. Kiss Me Kate, by brilliant Jewish husband and wife team Bella and Sam Spewack, is a clever and funny adaptation and update of Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew. And if ever there was a fine example of Cole Porter succeeding in writing his music and lyrics ‘Jewish’ as he admitted he aspired to do, this is it, from the minor fall of Why Can’t You Behave? to the terrific comedy number Brush Up Your Shakespeare, a duet for a pair of New York Yiddishe-sounding gangsters that never fails to bring the house down.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only), 1.30pm & 6.30pm 21 Sep only. £18-£33. The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, RG20 8AE. 0163 546 044.






Wednesday 25 September

Truth to Power Café

In his new one-man show, award-winning theatre-maker Jeremy Goldstein will be touring the UK, asking: “Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?” Truth to Power Café utilises monologue, poetry, image, music and memoir to tell the story of Goldstein’s late father, Mick, and the Hackney Gang he was a part of from the late-1940s. Founded by playwright Harold Pinter and five other school friends, the gang initially tackled bullies, graduating to fascists and the political establishment as they grew. Speaking truth to power has its roots in the anti-war movement as a non-violent means of conflict resolution, which, in our era of post-truth, alternative fact and fake news, means telling those in a position of authority who may not want to hear it. Whether that’s to your parents, politicians, boss, religious leader or even a neighbour. It’s time to tell the truth before it’s too late. Read more about the show in the Jul 2019 issue of JR.

Phone for times and prices. Cambridge Junction, CB1 7GX. 01223 511 511.




Tuesday 16 July; Tuesday 6 & Tuesday 20 August; Tuesday 3 & Tuesday 17 September

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.



Manchester Jewish Museum

Developing MJM: The New Museum

See architectural and exhibition plans for the new museum, which is planned to open in 2020, and find out how they’ll be restoring the building that was once a Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. A selection of images showing the ideas and inspiration behind the final designs are also on display.
Until 2020

M8 8LW. 08432 080 500.





Tuesday 16 & 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.

8pm (Tue), 6pm (Sun). £12.10. Cineworld Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5PG.


Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 September

Illegality: Jews and Other Humans

Professor Tony Kushner (University of Southampton) delivers these Bogdanow lectures in Holocaust studies. He’ll be defining the ‘other’ in session one and touch on the migrant experience in the second session.

Email for details and to book your place. Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester, M13 9PL.





Friday 27 September – Saturday 9 November

Mame: Life’s a Banquet

A humorous and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s 1955 bestseller, Auntie Mame, about a 10-year-old boy who’s sent to live with his madcap, sophisticated and glamorous aunt. Critically acclaimed, two-time Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett stars as Mame.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). From £16. Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, M4 7JA. 01612 759 141.



Tuesday 30 July – Friday 2 August

Summer Camp

Sadeh’s founder Talia Chain is joined by Jessica Knight, artist in residence, and fellow farmer Alex, for Sadeh's second summer camp. Each day guests will greet the morning with song, followed by a farm tour and foraging, brachot (blessings), mindfulness, farming and adventure playground time, which includes a zipwire. Parents, carers and guardians are welcome; children can attend all week or for a day and must be supplied with a nut-free vegetarian lunch. Suitable for ages 5-11.

10am-2pm. £10 children. Sadeh and Skeet Hill House, Orpington, BR6 7QD. 01689 834 355.


Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September

Rest and Renewal Festival

An innovative way to approach the Jewish New Year, through a connection with the land, tradition and community. Reflect, renew, refresh.

Phone for times and prices nearer the time. Sadeh and Skeet Hill House, Orpington, BR6 7QD. 01689 834 355.




Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein

A body of work by one of the greatest American Jewish pop artists of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein. Featuring more than 20 paintings spanning his career from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Until 7 September

FY1 1PU. 01253 478 170.




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 2021.
Until 31 January 2021

L3 4BB. 01517 027 400.



Sunday 15 September

Churchill and the Jews

A lecture by Richard Cohen for the Liverpool branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

3-5pm. £3. Jewish Community Centre, King David Campus, Liverpool, L15 6WU. 





Sunday 15 September

Churchill and the Jews

A lecture by Richard Cohen for the Liverpool branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

3-5pm. £3. Jewish Community Centre, King David Campus, Liverpool, L15 6WU. 



Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Self Evidence: Photographs by Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe

Explore the connections between three prominent American photographers, who each produced revolutionary bodies of work that were also, at times, controversial. Francesca Woodman captured female nudes and took numerous self-portraits until her death by suicide at 22. Robert Mapplethorpe also captured nudes, as well as taking celebrity portraits, and a streak of homoeroticism ran through his work. Diane Arbus photographed marginalised groups, such as the LGBTQ+ community, strippers and carnival performers.
Until 20 October

EH2 1JD. 01316 246 200.



Saturday 3 – Sunday 25 August

Nazis Need Jews

London wordsmith and BBC Slam Poetry Champion David Lee Morgan delivers intense rhymes, rhythms and lyrics about conspiracy, racism and revolution.

12.50pm (exc. Wed). FREE. PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.


Monday 12 August

Five Generations of a Scottish Jewish Family

Join Fiona Frank, author of Candles, Conversions and Class: Five Generations of a Scottish Jewish Family, to hear family stories of Jewish migration over the last 100 years. The audience will also be invited to share their own stories.

2pm. FREE. Shetland Library, Lerwick, ZE1 0EL.


Tuesday 13 August

Growing up Jewish on Shetland

Join Ethel Hofman, author of Mackerel at Midnight: Growing up Jewish on a Remote Scottish Island, to hear stories of her childhood. Hofman is also a Jewish American food and travel columnist, so there will be some kosher food to share.

7pm. FREE. Shetland Library, Lerwick, ZE1 0EL.



Wednesday 31 July – Saturday 24 August

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

You may know him as the comedy legend (or pillock – delete as appropriate) who handed Theresa May a P45. Or you may know him as the BBC’s character comic Lee Nelson. Now get to know the man behind the stunts – the “hilarious little Jew Simon Brodkin” – in his debut stand-up show.

9.30pm. £12, £11 concs, £8 (31 Jul-2 Aug only). Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ.


Wednesday 31 July – Monday 26 August

Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut

Join Jewish Comedian of the Year 2017 and wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds as he discusses how it feels to be trolled online for not being disabled enough.

1.30pm. £9/£10, £8/£9 concs, £6 (31 Jul-2 Aug only). Underbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.


Daniel Cainer: Signs & Wonders

The multi-award-winning musical storyteller and creator of Jewish Chronicles and Gefilte Fish and Chips brings his brilliant rhyming, wordplay and haunting tunes back to the Fringe. Signs & Wonders is for anyone who has ever wrestled with heritage, home and heart.

12pm. £10/£11, £9/£10 concs, £6.50 (31 Jul-2 Aug only). Underbelly, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.


Wednesday 31 July – Monday 26 August

Zach Zimmerman: Clean Comedy

Time Out NY’s Comic to Watch 2019 debuts at the Fringe with an hour of thoroughly unclean humour.

10.45pm. £9.50/£10.50, £8.50/£9.50 concs, £6 (31 Jul-2 Aug only). Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh, EH1 1HT.


Thursday 1 – Sunday 25 August

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale

Best Spoken Word winner at the Greater Manchester Fringe, Marlon Solomon now tests his mettle at the Holy Grail of UK comedy: Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale is about his Jewish heritage, which didn't bother him until he discovered there were people he knew who didn't believe the Holocaust happened. Follow him into the conspiracy underworld on a darkly comic journey.

5.20pm. £8. Just the Tonic @ The Charteris Centre, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR.


Joe Jacobs: Grimefulness

Mixing sardonic stand-up with live rap, Joe Jacobs attempts to reach a zen mood guaranteed to offend prudes.

4pm. £5. Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.


The Joy of Jokes

Truthful stand-up, funny stories, good jokes and a few ad-libs. Jewish comedian Ivor Dembina presents a glorious mixture of new, old and very old material.

6.45pm (exc. Tue). FREE. Laughing Horse @ The Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3HU.


Old Jewish Jokes

Back for his 7th consecutive year, Ivor Dembina returns with the UK's longest-running Jewish comedy night. Based on the life of a modern Jewish comic; all gags are kosher.

1.15pm (exc. Tue). FREE. Laughing Horse @ Finnegan's Wake, Edinburgh, EH1 2HE.


Friday 2 – Monday 26 August

Boycotted: Comedy from Israel

Gill Rosenberg, David Kilimnick and Ofir Kariyo bring you the funny side of life in Israel and a perspective of Jews in the Middle East.

12.40pm (exc. Sat). £7.50, £5 concs. Champions of Festival @ The Scotsman, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR.


David Kilimnick: The Rabbi Preaches

David Kilimnick puts on his rabbi hat in this solo show about love for Jewish and community life of all religions.

6pm. £10, £7 concs, £5 unemployed. Champions of Festival @ The Scotsman, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR.


Saturday 3 – Sunday 25 August


After a sell-out run at the Camden Fringe 2017 and rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Jew-O-Rama returns with the best in Jewish stand-up comedy.

5.15pm. FREE. PBH's Free Fringe @ Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh, EH1 1LL.


Who’s the Daddy Pig?

Having played Daddy Pig in the stage production of Peppa Pig, when Philip Simon became a dad there was only one expert to turn to for parenting advice. Join 2015’s Jewish Comedian of the Year for an hour of comedy about dating, parenthood and, of course, Peppa Pig.

12pm. FREE. PBH's Free Fringe @ Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG.


Thursday 8 – Saturday 24 August


Right before your very eyes, Susie K Taylor will attempt an act like no other: an escape… from herself. Watch her scale great heights, crawl out from abysmal lows, and experience a hurricane of cultural clashes, as she navigates her crazy Cuban Jewish family. An ego-defying thrill.

7.05pm (exc. Sun). £9.50, £6 concs. theSpace @ Venue 45, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH.



Thursday 18 July

Arran Summer House Concert

The new Arran group of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities presents an evening with Lev Atlas. He’s not only a klezmer virtuoso, but principal viola player in the Scottish Opera Orchestra. There will also be a buffet dinner and a Q&A session with Atlas.

7pm. FREE. Whiting Bay, Arran; venue revealed upon booking.



Wednesday 31 July – Monday 26 August


TJ and Max are in love, but struggling to identify with their identifiers. Straight-ish, monogam-ish, Jew-ish. Max is desperate to escape the tribe, while TJ is looking to sign up. And with all the promiscuity, amphetamines and inherited trauma swimming round, can this dysfunctional duo avoid self-destruction?

1.30pm. £9.50/£10.50, £8.50/£9.50 concs, £6 (31 Jul-2 Aug only). Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ.


Saturday 3 – Monday 5 August

The Crucible

Pioneering choreographer Helen Pickett unleashes the full emotional force of Arthur Miller’s gripping, and still fearsomely relevant, drama of suspicion and accusation in a new narrative ballet. This Edinburgh International Festival run will be the world premiere of the production and takes place in the Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year.

7.30pm. £15-£35. Edinburgh Playhouse, EH1 3AA.


Saturday 10 – Monday 26 August

Pink House

The story of a tangled relationship between an adopted daughter and her estranged Jewish grandmother. As the two forge a tense yet familial bond, history threatens to tear them apart.

3.30pm. £12, £9 concs. PQA Venues @ Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG.


Wednesday 14 – Sunday 25 August

Jottings from the Queen of Sheba

Join the Queen of Sheba in an epic daydream to King Solomon’s court and relive the family stories shared by three faiths: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.

3pm, 7.30pm. £7, £4. St Patrick's Church, Edinburgh, EH1 1TQ.


Friday 16 August

Forget Me Not

Born in Jewish communities in 19th-century Eastern Europe, Yiddish operetta developed a distinctive repertoire and style. It became the music of a people deprived and oppressed, then crossed the Atlantic to take New York by storm in the 1880s. Barrie Kosky, artistic director of Komische Oper Berlin, and singers Alma Sadé and Helene Schneiderman give the genre a new lease of life at the Edinburgh International Festival.

7pm, 10pm. £20-£25. The Lyceum, EH3 9AX.


Monday 19 – Saturday 24 August

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai

Following her Fringe debut last year, Sophie Rocks returns with a moving musical and spoken word homage to immigrants worldwide. Notes from Shetland to Shanghai explores the impact of migration on people from countries such as Canada, Holland, Israel and China, with music influenced by both tradition and modernity.

12.10pm (exc. Wed). £9, £7 concs. theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH.



Sunday 1 September

Whittingehame Walk

East Lothian Countryside Ranger Richard English leads a tour around the Whittingehame area. Plus, Michael Brander, great-nephew of Lord Arthur James Balfour, will show walkers around the Whittingehame Estate – once the childhood home of Lord Balfour and also a school for Jewish refugee children during World War II. Booking essential.

10.30am-3.30pm. FREE. Whittingehame Estate, Haddington, EH41 4QA.






Until Saturday 3 August

Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938

In the late-1930s, actor Michael Redgrave became close friends with the poet Stephen Spender. Through notebooks, journals and memoirs, as well as Spender’s poems, multi-award-winning actor (and daughter of Michael) Vanessa Redgrave discovers the hopes and fears of a generation that confronted the rise of fascism in Europe. Among these was the German writer, Thomas Mann. As Spender’s love and respect for a young American woman, Muriel Gardiner, grew deeper, he and his secretary Tony Hyndman assisted her in obtaining false visas and passports for Jews and their families to escape from fascist Austria. Written, devised and performed by Vanessa, the play highlights the affectionate and intimate thoughts of individuals during these years of political and social disaster.

7.15pm, 2.30pm (Sat only). £38.50, £31.50 concs. Theatre Royal Bath, BA1 1ET.




Salzburg in Sussex

A look at the early years of Glyndebourne Festival, which started 85 years ago. John and Audrey Christie’s legacy is legendary, but they couldn’t have done it alone. The winning team of conductor Fritz Busch and producer Carl Ebert were the opera festival’s first artistic directors. Both were refugees from Nazi Germany and brought with them the high European standards of performance that set Glyndebourne apart and which, over the years, drew on the talents of a wide circle of émigré artists and musicians. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 25 August

Lewes, BN8 5UU. 012 7381 5000.

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Walter Nessler

A significant display of work by German artist Walter Nessler (1912-2001), who emigrated to Britain in the 1930s. Though not Jewish, he was opposed to fascist ideology and was denounced as “degenerate” by the Nazis. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 6 October

Grete Marks

Intimate portrait paintings and drawings by Grete Marks – also known as Margarete Heymann – who trained at the Bauhaus. She is best known for founding the Hael-Werkstätten pottery in Germany and, later, for her Grete Pottery created in the UK after she emigrated in 1938. This exhibition celebrates a lesser-known aspect of the artist’s creative practice through a series of works from the 1920s and 30s. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 27 October

PO19 1TJ. 012 4377 4557.

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

Robert Koenig: Memorial Structure

Reliefs and sculptural carvings in wood that tackle themes of migration, loss, discrimination and fear. Koenig also explores his own heritage, as the son of Polish wartime refugees, in these pieces.
Until 21 September

BN11 1HP. 01903 221 448.



Until Saturday 7 September


Jeremy Sams directs a love-struck crew of spirited ranchers as they canter through the glorious score of this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Sing along to ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’’, ‘I Can’t Say No’ and, of course, ‘Oklahoma’.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only, plus some Thu). £10-£55. Chichester Festival Theatre, PO19 7LY. 01243 781 312.





Until Tuesday 24 September

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. £35 for five sessions. Hove (contact for venue address). 01273 474 795.


Israeli Dancing

A weekly Israeli dance class that takes place every Tuesday.

7.45-9.45pm. Phone for prices. Ralli Hall, Hove, BN3 3TH. 07487 532 432.



Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein

A body of work by one of the greatest American Jewish pop artists of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein. Featuring more than 20 paintings spanning his career from the 1960s to the 90s.
28 September 2019 – 4 January 2020

NE1 7RU. 01912 226 059.




MOMA, Machynlleth

Artist Refugees and British Art

Find out how refugee artists have been received in the last 100 years and how they influenced British art. The show looks at artists who escaped war in 1914 as well as refugees in recent times, but focuses primarily on European émigrés of the 30s and 40s who brought new ideas to regions in England. Many had transformative effects on their British contemporaries. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
14 September – 23 November

SY20 8AJ. 01654 703 355.




Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus

The daughter of prominent Jewish New Yorkers, Diane Arbus is best known for her black and white photos of members of society who were marginalised for the way they looked, dressed or behaved. These portraits reveal the complexities of human nature and challenge ideas of gender, beauty and identity. One of her most noted images is A Jewish Giant at Home With His Parents in the Bronx, NY, 1970.
20 September – 1 December

CV32 4AA. 01926 742 700.




York Art Gallery

Lucie Rie: Ceramics and Buttons

Dame Lucie Rie (1902-1995) is renowned for her finely thrown and beautifully decorated functional ceramics. But after she emigrated to the UK, during World War II, she began producing ceramic buttons for the fashion industry. This exhibition reveals the findings of new research into this less well-known area of Rie’s practice, displaying hundreds of her buttons alongside many examples of the domestic wares she became celebrated for. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 3 November

YO1 7EW.



Monday 29 July – Thursday 15 August

Chabad Lubavitch Camp

Keep the little ones occupied this summer at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds. Ages 3-4 are invited to play, dress up, sing, get crafty and more at Kiddie Camp, while older children (ages 5-7) head to Kool Kidz Camp. At the latter they’ll get a chance to learn new skills, including pottery, cooking and martial arts, as well as going on trips. Chabad Lubavitch Camps ensure children's Jewish identities are nurtured in a positive and enjoyable way.

10am-4pm. £60-£75/wk, £18/d (Kiddie Camp), £68-85/wk, £20-£25/d (Kool Kidz Camp). Lubavitch Centre of Leeds, Leeds, LS17 8AD. 07814 856 360.


Sunday 15 September

Limmud Leeds

Join a like-minded crowd in a day of discussions, debates and discovery at Limmud Leeds. This year's programme offers something for everyone, covering history, text study, discussions, Israel, community and culture.

Phone for times, prices and venue. 020 3115 1620.



Monday 5 August

Israel Zangwill: The Zionist

A lecture by Professor Bryan Cheyette for the Jewish Historical Society of England.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. 


Thursday 19 September

Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Music That the Nazis Erased

Dr David Fligg delivers this audio/visual presentation for B’nai B’rith Leeds Music Society. Contact for prices and venue details.

8-10.30pm. Leeds venue.


Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 September

Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies

This three-day conference offers a forum to celebrate Harold Pinter and to consider new empirical findings and new ways of engaging with the late playwright’s life and work. Vivienne Jabri, a professor of international politics at Kings College London, delivers the keynote speech. Harry Burton runs a practical workshop. Plus, there will be a performance of Jeremy Goldstein’s show Truth to Power Café (which you can read more about in Theatre, p35).

See website for times and prices. Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.