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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 Brbecitish 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

Priya Suneel

Painting, mixed media and drawings culturally infused by London, India, Nepal and Nigeria, where Priya Suneel has lived and worked.
Until 1 April

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

Isokon Gallery

George Adams: Bauhausler in Britain

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

NW3 2XD. www.isokongallery.co.uk

Jewish Museum

Jews, Money, Myth

Explore the role of money in Jewish life and its problematic stereotype in relations between Jews and non-Jews. The exhibition looks back over 2,000 years, drawing together manuscripts, prints, Jewish ritual and ceremonial objects, art, film, literature and cultural ephemera. Highlights include Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver and a new commission by Jeremy Deller.
19 March – 7 July

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.
29 March – 23 June

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

London Transport Museum

Émigré Poster Designers

In the 1930s, numerous artists and designers fled Nazi Europe and settled in the UK. London Transport, under the direction of Chief Executive Frank Pick, commissioned many of the best of these émigré designers to produce some of the most distinctive posters on the network. The LT Museum is celebrating 20 of these posters, spanning four decades of the work, including designers such as Hans Schleger, Hans Unger and László Moholy-Nagy. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
29 March – 27 June

WC2E 7BB. www.ltmuseum.co.uk

Tate Britain

Don McCullin

A comprehensive retrospective of work by the legendary British photographer. Featuring iconic images printed by McCullin himself of war zones from Northern Ireland to Vietnam, working class life in London’s East End and the north’s industrial past.
Until 6 May

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

Tate Modern

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

Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers

Trace the stories and the legacies of the individuals and institutions who worked during and immediately after the Holocaust to record and collect information of atrocities and bring perpetrators to justice.
Until 17 May

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

BOOKS & POETRY

Friday 15 March

F&BF Book Club

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Faith and Belief Forum by bringing a book (either written/inspired by a woman or with a female protagonist) to share with the group.

6.30-9pm. FREE. Wilsden Green venue revealed upon booking. www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday 17 March

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. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. yiddishcafe@gmail.com

 

Wednesday 27 March

Jewish Nobel Prize Winners

Launch of Derek Taylor’s book about the Jews who’ve won Nobel Prizes throughout the history of the award.

7.30pm. £10. Shomrei, NW6 1DD. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org

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COMEDY

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Until 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 17 March

Imahot v’Avot Purim

Imahot v’Avot is a social group for families who have one or more parents who identify as Jewish and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+). Take part in soft play, Purim singalongs, mask-making and more.

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

Wednesday 20 March

Purim at the Jewish Museum

Celebrate Purim at the Jewish Museum and see Purim-related objects from their collection, hear the story of Esther and enjoy the party.

6-10pm. £10, £5 concs/under-35s. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Sunday 24 March

Purim Party and Sadaqa Family Day

Celebrate Sadaqa Day – the Muslim day of social action – and the Jewish festival of Purim with the Jewish Museum. Get creative with a variety of arts and crafts activities, including decorating your own tzedakah (charity) box. Hear the story of Purim and participate in baking for a local charity.

1-4pm. £7.50, £5.50 concs, £3.50 children. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

FAMILY

FILM

Friday 15 March

Haunted By History Part II

A screening of Four Parts of a Folding Screen by Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin. Followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

6-9pm. FREE. Birkbeck Cinema, WC1H 0PD. www.insidersoutsidersfestival.org

Sunday 17 – Thursday 21 March

Back to the Fatherland

Kat’s grandfather was, in her words, a “super Nazi”, whereas Gil’s is a Holocaust survivor. Back to the Fatherland is the fruit of their friendship – a brave and moving documentary about new Israeli immigration to Germany.

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

Sunday 24 March

Merchant of Venice

Abused, ridiculed, despised and pitied; the figure of Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice remains, for many, the epitome of the marginalised Jew in European literary imagination. Performances of The Merchant of Venice provoke strong emotions and heated debates on some of the most fraught questions in Jewish-Christian relations. Watch the acclaimed 2004 film adaptation, directed by Michael Radford and starring Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino, followed by a panel discussion.

2-5.30pm. FREE. Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HX. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk

Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 March

Driver

This beautiful debut feature from Yehonatan Indursky, the creator of hit TV series Shtisel, is a gentle and whimsical exploration of Tel Aviv’s little known ultra-Orthodox suburb.

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

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MUSIC

Sunday 31 March

London Interfaith Music Festival

A diverse day of music and dance at the British Museum. Plus an interfaith community fair where visitors can learn about and meet with various faith and cultural communities from all over the city.

10am-4.30pm. FREE. British Museum, WC1B 3DG. www.faithsintune.org

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TALKS

Tuesday 19 March

Has Holocaust Education Failed?

In light of the alarming levels of racism and antisemitism the country is currently experiencing, a panel of experts debates the sufficiency of Holocaust education in the UK.

7.30pm. £16-£20. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Inter-War Britain

Professor Gil Toffell (Queen Mary University) delivers this talk for Jewish History Month. Read more about JHM in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

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

 

Thursday 21 March

Behind the Scenes of Purim

Curator Dr Kathrin Pieren shows pictures and objects from the museum’s store to illustrate some of the principal customs of Purim. Highlights include the beautiful Esther scrolls in the museum’s collection.

3-3.30pm. £8.50, £6.50 concs. Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB. 020 7284 7384. www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

German Reparations and the Impact of Post-War Jewish Politics

Reparations from the West-German government for the material destruction of European Jewry by Nazi Germany were critical to the rehabilitation of Jewish communities and Jewish survivors’ lives. In this lecture, Professor Zweig explores the difficult and controversial decisions that Jewish leaders and officeholders in Israel and the diaspora had to make before it was possible to even begin the pursuit of economic justice.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Birkbeck, University of London, WC1E 7HX. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk

British Jewish Television Humour

Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor University) and Professor Michael Berkowitz (UCL) deliver this talk for Jewish History Month. 

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

THEATRE

Until Saturday 30 March

The American Clock

Arthur Miller’s groundbreaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed. The American Clock follows the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis in a society governed by race and class. The show pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans choking high-rises to rural heartlands. Read our interview with the show’s director Rachel Chavkin in the Jan 2019 issue of JR and see our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Wed & Sat only). £12-£65. The Old Vic, SE1 8NB. 084 4871 7628. www.oldvictheatre.com

 

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 Sunday 31 March

Strike Up the Band

Mark Giesser directs George and Ira Gershwin's madcap musical, which was written with George S Kaufman in 1927. Strike Up the Band is a dark satire about America's war-mongering in the 1920s, a family’s lineage and a cheese factory. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 4pm (Sun only). £18-£20, £16-£18 concs. Upstairs at the Gatehouse, N6 4BD. 020 8340 3488. www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

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 in 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

 

Follies

This dazzling production of Sondheim’s Follies returns to the NT stage. The show tells the story of a dilapidated Broadway theatre through the reminiscing of its former performers, ‘Weismann’s Follies’, who have reunited the day before its demolition. Featuring such classics as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.

7.30pm, 2pm (matinees vary; check website for details). £15-£72. National Theatre, SE1 9PX. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Until Saturday 13 April

The Rubenstein Kiss

The Rubensteins are a deeply devoted Jewish couple whose Communist idealism leads to their world being torn apart by suspicion and treachery, which then echoes through the generations. Created by James Phillips and inspired by the true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg – who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union – this explosive and affecting drama is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and guilt. Read our review of the show on JR blog and listen to our interview with James Phillips on JR OutLoud.

7.30pm, 3pm (Sat & Tue only). £22, £18 concs. Southwark Playhouse, SE1 6BD. 020 7407 0234. http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Until Saturday 27 April

The Price

Two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz – one a New York cop nearing retirement and the other a successful surgeon – meet for the first time in 16 years to sell their family furniture, which has been stored in the attic of a condemned New York brownstone. Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they’ve paid for heartbreaking decisions made decades earlier. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.

7.30pm, 2pm (Wed & Sat only). From £20. Wyndham’s Theatre, WC2H 0DA. www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

 

Until Saturday 25 May

Admissions

Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) stars in this award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy from the writer of Bad Jews. Sherri is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat only). From £30. Trafalgar Studios, SW1A 2DY. www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios

Until Saturday 1 June

Betrayal

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 were set for the stage and Betrayal is the final to run in the series. This semi-autobiographical memory play is an anatomy of adultery, mapping the relationship between a husband and wife and her lover that proves also to be a bromance. Jamie Lloyd’s final production in his Pinter at the Pinter season features Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox as the lovers and Tom Hiddleston as the husband. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR and read our review of the shows on the JR blog.

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

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 by the 9/11 attacks, including a stranded rabbi from London. Read more about the show in the Jan 2019 issue of JR, read our review on the JR blog and listen to our interview with the real-life rabbi, Leivi Sudak of Edgware Lubavitch, on JR OutLoud.

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

 

Until 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

 

Thursday 21 March – Saturday 11 May

Little Miss Sunshine

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winning Jewish team James Lapine (Stephen Sondheim’s legendary collaborator, writer of the books of some of his best loved musicals) and William Finn.

7.30pm (Mon-Sat), 3pm (Sat only; plus Wed 24 Apr, 1 & 8 May). £10-£30. Arcola Theatre, E8 3DL. 020 7503 1646. www.arcolatheatre.com

Thursday 21 March – Saturday 15 June

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 review of the show on the JR blog.

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

Monday 25 March, Monday 29 April, Monday 20 May & Monday 24 June

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 26 March

Migration Through Dance

This dance double bill takes the audience on a journey through visual art, live music and participation, before uncovering the individual experience of migration through passports. Followed by a panel discussion about art and migration with Dr Sarah Fine (King’s College), Sivan Rubinstein and Dominik Czechowski (Jewish Museum).

7.30pm. £14. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Wednesday 27 March – Saturday 20 April

Maggie May

The first professional London production of Lionel Bart’s hard-hitting musical since it premiered in 1964. Maggie May tells a story of working class life in Liverpool’s docks in the 1960s, centering on the doomed love affair between “street walker” Maggie May Duffy and sailor Patrick Casey, the son of a union martyr.

7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Sat & Sun only). £20-£25, £18-£20 concs. Finborough Theatre, SW10 9ED. 012 2335 7851. www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

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WALKS

Sunday 24 March

Pre-Pesach British Museum Tour

Led by Michelle Sint from the London School of Jewish Studies, this tour shows you how to introduce Egyptology into the Haggadah and give a surprising historic angle to your seder.

10am-12.45pm. £23. British Museum, WC1B 3DG. 077 4180 1292. http://bit.ly/PESACHRJCH

Tuesday 26 March

Grain to Google

The hinterland behind King’s Cross and St Pancras stations continues to be transformed. Explore this buzzy new hotspot and discover how a water, road and rail interchange has been converted into one of the must visit places in London.

11am. £16. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

Sunday 31 March

Women of Worth

With a title inspired by the Eyshes Chayil prayer, discover Jewish and non-Jewish women alike who made an impact on the Jewish community of the East End. Explore the backstreets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields, hearing stories associated with Alice Model and her maternity hospital, Miriam Moses and her youth work, the philanthropy of the Rothschild ladies, suffragette and local politician Minnie Lansbury and local GP Hannah Billig.

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

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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 

Sunday 17 March

Volunteer Purim Bake

Join JW3’s master bakers to create your own hamantaschen, a traditional Jewish pastry for the Purim holiday. This will be followed by a visit to Spring Grove Retirement and Residential Care Home, where volunteers and residents will enjoy the fresh bakes with tea, coffee and board games.

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

 

Sunday 24 March

The Great Purim Bake-Off for French Families

Get hands-on in this baking workshop for French-speakers. Learn how to bake a traditional French recipe, as well as donating your delicious goods to families in need.

4.30pm. £6. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8989. www.jw3.org.uk

BRISTOL

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Film

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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Clare Hall, Cambridge

Milein Cosman: Lifelines

As part of the Hans Keller centenary celebrations, Clare Hall presents this free exhibition of work by his wife Milein Cosman. Keller made a name for himself in Britain, after fleeing the Anschluss in Vienna, through a unique method of wordless music analysis. Cosman, who fled to Britain from Germany, made a career of drawing the leading cultural figures of the 20th century. This exhibition presents some of her renowned images of musicians, writers and artists, including her husband.
Until 10 April

University of Cambridge, CB3 9AL. 012 2333 2360. www.hanskeller100.org

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Saturday 16 March

Hans Keller and Beyond: Towards Creative Performance and Listening

As part of the Hans Keller centenary celebrations, Clare Hall presents this exploration of the musician and writer’s musicology style. Born in Vienna, but established in Britain after fleeing the Anschluss in 1938, Keller made a name for himself through a unique method of wordless music analysis. Instead, he used other sounds. Keller was also an accomplished critic, teacher, psychoanalyst and football commentator. Here, Malcolm Singer (former music director of the Menuhin School who taught there when Keller was there) will introduce the evening with Keller’s biographer Alison Garnham. Then current music director Òscar Colomina i Bosch, pianist David Dolan and violinist Levon Chilingirian (whose quartet was coached by Keller) will work with students from the Menuhin School on Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor K.421, presenting Keller’s first ‘functional analysis’ of the work, as well as their own creative response. Note that tickets also include entry to a pre-concert reception, buffet and exhibition of work by Keller’s wife, Milein Cosman.

6pm (reception), 7.30pm (concert). £15, £5 students. Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, CB3 9AL. 012 2333 2360. www.hanskeller100.org

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Tuesday 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

Workshops

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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

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

A look into the artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria, from Kurt Schwitters to Lucian Freud. This event is part of Insiders/Outsiders festival, which you can read more about in the Jan 2019 issue of JR.
Until 29 June

LA9 5AL. 015 3972 2464. www.abbothall.org.uk

ART

GREATER MANCHESTER

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Sunday 17 – Tuesday 19 March

Driver

This beautiful debut feature from Yehonatan Indursky, the creator of hit TV series Shtisel, is a gentle and whimsical exploration of Tel Aviv’s little known ultra-Orthodox suburb.

6pm (Sun) & 8pm (Tue). £12.10, £10.10 concs. Cineworld Didsbury, M20 5PG. http://ukjewishfilm.org

Sunday 14 & Tuesday 16 April

Holy Lands

A special preview screening of Amanda Sthers’ family drama. Holy Lands follows Harry Rosenmerck, a Jewish cardiologist who decides to give up his New York life to become a pig farmer in Israel. He must face not only the consequences of leaving behind his family and terminally ill ex-wife, but also the wrath of Rabbi Moshe Cattan, who condemns his pig farm.

6pm (Sun) & 8pm (Tue). £12.10, £10.10 concs. Cineworld Didsbury, M20 5PG. http://ukjewishfilm.org

FILM

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THEATRE

Until 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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Art

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

More than Stories: A Film Trilogy

Anya Lewin explores her Jewish family history in this film installation. Inspired by family photographs and stories – and their interconnections with screen history and public archives – Lewin has created a triptych of shorts. Each film revisits haunted memories of Jewish life embedded in a particular story passed down to Lewin by her father; the films entitled Fez: The Royal Scent (2019), which has been made specifically for this exhibition, With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment (2008) and Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip (2013).
Until 4 May

SO14 7DU. www.jhg.art

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 

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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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

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

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Sunday 31 March

Stage Russia: Smile Upon Us, Lord

This Rimas Tuminas adaptation of two Grigory Kanovich novels is a dreamy, ruminative, comedic road trip that centres on the uncertain fortunes of Eastern European Jews at the start of the 20th century. Captured live from Moscow's legendary Vakhtangov Theatre and featuring three big names from the Russian stage: Viktor Sukhorukov, Aleksei Guskov and Vladimir Simonov.

5pm. £11, £9 concs. Savoy Cinemas, Nottingham, NG7 1QN. www.savoyonline.co.uk

Film

SOMERSET 

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Comedy

Sunday 31 March

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. This show is part of Bath Comedy Festival.

6pm. £10. Widcombe Social Club, Bath, BA2 6AA. www.danielcainer.com

SUSSEX 

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

WALES

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Bangor Arts Initiative

The Jews of Bangor

Discover the Jewish history of Bangor, as presented by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams. The exhibition, map and app featured are the results of Abrams’ research into the communities built once Jews fleeing Nazi Europe settled in Bangor.

17 March – 26 April

Deiniol Shopping Centre, LL57 1NW. www.fb.com/bangorartsinitiative

ART

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Saturday 16 March

London Klezmer Quartet

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

8pm. £12 adv. The Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, LD8 2AD. www.londonklezmerquartet.com  

 

Sunday 17 March

London Klezmer Quartet

See above for info.

5.30pm. £20, £15 concs. Sunflower & I, Cardiff, CF10 5EE. www.londonklezmerquartet.com   

MUSIC

YORKSHIRE 

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Thursday 21 March

Purim in the Jungle

Enjoy a full programme of entertainment for children and adults alike, including a drum circle and reptile show. Plus dinner and Megillah reading.

5.30pm. £22, £12 teens, £7.50 children, £55 family. Chabad Lubavitch Centre, Leeds, LS17 8AD. 011 3266 3311. www.judaismlive.com/bookpurim

Family