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ART

BEN URI

50 Acquisition Highlights since 2001

A revolving show highlighting the famous and those masters whose careers were cut short owing to forced exile. All have been acquired in the past 17 years by Ben Uri.
Until 2 December

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

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.
Until 7 April 2019

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

Imperial War Museum

Poppies: Weeping Window

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below. Wave (showing in Manchester) is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. Both sculptures are by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and represent the British or Colonial life lost at the front during World War I.
Until 18 November

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019.

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 2019

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 2019.

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.
27 November 2018 – 1 March 2019

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 2019

W1F 7LW. 020 7087 9300. www.thephotographersgallery.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 2019

W1J 0BD. www.royalacademy.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 2019

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 

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

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.
Until 17 March 2019

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

BOOKS & POETRY

Until Sunday 25 November

Art and Art Book Sale

A chance to buy wonderful art books and artwork for reasonable prices. Art and art books available include works by and about Sandra Blow, Horace Brodzky, Keith Grant, Ian Hay, Jacob Kramer, Mane-Katz, Scottie Wilson and Edward Wolfe. All funds go towards the Ben Uri Gallery’s exhibition and wellbeing programmes.

10am-5.30pm (Mon-Tue), 11am-5pm (Sat & Sun). FREE. Ben Uri, NW8 0RH. 020 7604 3991. www.benuri.org.uk

Thursday 15 November

Austerity Baby

A presentation and reading from Janet Wolff about her recently published book, Austerity Baby.

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

 

Monday 19 November

Poet in the City: Sam Sax

Sam Sax is a queer Jewish poet and educator. In an engaging evening of discussion interspersed with live poetry, Sax brings his diverse and inquisitive body of work to Kings Place to question the complexities of mental health, queer preconceptions and stories of the Jewish diaspora.

7pm. £12.50, £9.50 concs. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk

Tuesday 27 November

Uprooted

Harif co-founder Lyn Julius discusses her book, Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight. Read our review of Uprooted in the April 2018 issue of JR.

6-7pm. Phone for prices and to confirm venue. Millbank Tower, SW1P 4QP. 020 7340 4520. www.harif.org

 

West London Synagogue Book Club

The WLS book group meets monthly to talk about literature that has a connection to Jewish culture or religion. This month they’ll be discussing Reporter: A Memoir, Seymour Hersh's recollections of a life in investigative journalism spanning Vietnam and Trump.

6.15-8.30pm. FREE. The Prince Regent, W1U 5JN. www.meetup.com/West-London-Synagogue-Young-Adults-Jewish-Book-Club

COMEDY

Thursday 29 November – Tuesday 4 December

UK Jewish Comedy Festival

Catch all the latest in Jewish comedy at this annual festival. See stand-up, sit-down, story-led, musical humour and much more. Featuring a World Tour of Jewish Comedy via three comics in one show (29 Nov) and jokes from a rabbi, imam and priest (2 Dec).

Times and prices vary. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

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Thursday 18 November

Mitzvah Day

Volunteer for a variety of great causes, including making welcome booklets for refugees and baking food for shelters for the homeless.

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

 

FAMILY

FILM

Until Thursday 22 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. Over the fortnight they’ll be showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include the closing night gala with Eric Barbier’s Promise at Dawn, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays an overbearing Jewish mother (22 Nov); 100 Faces, Benjamin Till’s BAFTA-nominated musical short about what it means to be Jewish (11-14 Nov); and US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (13-22 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org

 

Saturday 17 November

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.

8.45pm. £15. Phoenix Cinema, N2 9PJ. 020 8444 6789. www.jmi.org.uk

 

Friday 23 – Friday 30 November

Back to Berlin

For possibly the first time ever, motorcyclists and the Holocaust come together in a documentary, courtesy of director Catherine Lurie. Back to Berlin follows a band of 11 bikers in 2015, making their way across nine countries on a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion in Berlin for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since World War II. Jason Isaacs narrates this tale of caution, reconciliation and hope; of defiance and survival. The core group of bikers comprises nine Israelis and two diaspora Jews. Two are survivors, seven are descendants of Holocaust survivors and one is the grandson of an original 1930s Maccabi Biker. Viewers will also learn how one biker’s grandmother survived Auschwitz, as she details her escape from the Death March.

Phone for times and prices. Picturehouse Central, W1D 7DH. 087 1902 5747. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

 

Back to Berlin

See above for info.

Phone for times and prices. Arthouse Crouch End, N8 9BT. 020 8245 3099. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

 

Sunday 25 – Wednesday 28 November

Back to Berlin

See above for info.

Phone for times and prices. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

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MUSIC

Thursday 15 November

Die Stadt Ohne Juden (The City Without Jews)

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Barbican presents a UK premiere performance: Olga Neuwirth’s score to Die Stadt Ohne Juden. This 1924 Austrian expressionist film, directed by HK Breslauer and based on the book of the same title by Hugo Bettauer, is a dystopian prophecy of intolerance. Neuwirth will also appear in conversation with BFI silent film curator Bryony Dixon ahead of the performances, at 5.45pm; entry free to ticket holders. Hosted in association with the UK Jewish Film Festival.

7pm & 9.30pm. £25. Milton Court, Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS. www.barbican.org.uk

Friday 16 – Sunday 25 November

EFG London Jazz Festival

Ten days of live performances by international legends, cutting-edge young bands and emerging British stars from the jazz world. Featuring many Israeli artists, including Itamar Borochov (20 Nov, Pizza Express), Avishai Cohen (24 Nov, Barbican) and Liran Donin (22 Nov, Queen Elizabeth Hall). Read our full round-up of all the Israeli artists appearing on the JR blog.

Time, prices and venues vary. www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Sunday 18 November

Brodsky Quartet

Daniel Rowland (violin), Ian Belton (violin), Paul Cassidy (viola) and Jacqueline Thomas (cello) pay tribute to the human courage that’s inspired composers through the ages, bringing together responses to wars from the last 100 years. Featuring Crumb’s Black Angels, Brubeck’s Regret, Schuloff’s String Quartet No.1, At the Grave of Beethoven by Karen Tanaka and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8.

6.30pm. £39.50 – £19.50. Kings Place, N1 9AG. 020 7520 1490. www.kingsplace.co.uk

 

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November

The Wolf of Baghdad and 3yin

Musician/artist Carol Isaacs – aka The Surreal McCoy – premieres her graphic memoir, The Wolf of Baghdad. Images from the book will be projected, while Isaacs performs alongside the band 3yin, a London outfit that plays the music of Jewish communities in the Middle East. After the Thursday performance and concert, the artists and musicians will be speaking about the artistic inspirations that have compelled them to create innovative new work based on their personal histories and heritage. Read more about the performance in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7pm. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Thursday 22 November

Memorial Concert for the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport

The Wiener Library presents a special memorial concert to mark 80 years since the devastation of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport rescue efforts that followed. Dame Esther Rantzen DBE begins proceedings with a few words, followed by the concert, which consists of an exclusive performance by two acclaimed German musicians who have come especially for this occasion: cellist Friederike Fechner and composer, conductor and pianist Mathias Husmann. Read more about the concert in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7-9pm. £30. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, NW8 7HA. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

Wednesday 28 November

Litvak Days in London: Soundtracks of Jewish Life in the Wider World

Aerogram plays Lithuanian (Litvak) music for the 8th annual Litvak Days in London celebrations. Music and song have been constants in Jewish life, from the chanting of Jewish prayer to the instrumental music of Jewish weddings and celebrations, and the Lithuanian contribution includes Jascha Heifetz, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Leonard Cohen and even the pop artist Pink. Lithuanian Jewish music was recognised as a musical style by the mid-18th century and its influence has become increasingly significant.

6.30-8pm. FREE. Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, SW1V 2JE. http://polishjewishstudies.co.uk

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TALKS

Thursday 15 November

Back to the Future: 125th Anniversary Event

The Institute of Jewish Studies celebrates its 125th anniversary with an evening of discussion. Featuring the president’s address entitled A Plea for Anglo-Jewish History.

6.30pm. FREE. UCL, WC1E 6BT. https://jhse.org

UK Interfaith Summit

Coinciding with UK Interfaith Week, this summit is a unique event bringing together young people from diverse communities to connect with others. Along with workshops, panel discussions, talks and an exhibition, there will be a festive space for sharing food, music and conversation. The theme of this year’s Summit will be Intersectionality, Identity and Race.

3.30-9pm. £5-£9. Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A 3EA. https://faithbeliefforum.org

Sunday 18 November

Who Helped Jewish Refugees Resettle?

A talk by Liran Morav on the essential role played by organisations and governments in the integration of Jews from Arab countries in France and the UK.

7.30pm. £10. Central Synagogue, W1W 6NW. 020 7794 4655. www.spiroark.org

 

Tuesday 20 November

Scriptural Reasoning: Masculinity

Scriptural Reasoning is a tool for interfaith dialogue where people of different faiths come together to read and talk about their holy texts. At this discussion on masculinity, Rabbi Jeremy Gordon from the New London Synagogue will be joined by Easa Saad, formerly of Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, and Thom Bonneville from the London Quakers.

7.45-9.30pm. FREE. New London Synagogue, NW8 0AT. www.interfaith.org.uk

Wednesday 21 November

Early Post-War Holocaust Knowledge and Jewish Missing Persons

Jan Lambertz delivers a talk about Jewish missing person reports filed in the early years of World War II, revealing how little was understood about the Nazi camps.

3-4pm. FREE. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Nietzsche, Soloveitchik and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy

A presentation by Rabbi Dr Michael Harris.

8-9.30pm. £20, £16 adv. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November

The Origins of The Wiener Library

Find out about the origins of The Wiener Library, the world’s oldest archive of material on the Nazi era and the Holocaust. Featuring a talk and tour.

Phone for times and prices. Wiener Library, WC1B 5DP. 020 7636 7247. www.wienerlibrary.co.uk

 

Tuesday 27 November

Satire

In the run-up to the UK Jewish Comedy Festival, two speakers discuss the art of satire. Featuring Jewish activist Joseph Finlay and illustrator/journalist Martin Rowson.

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

Witnesses: Émigré Medalists in Britain

Gallery talk by curator Philip Atwood about the Witnesses: Émigré Medalists in Britain display. This event is part of Insiders Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contributions to British culture.

1.15-2pm. FREE. British Museum, WC1B 3DG. 020 7323 8299. www.insidersoutsidersfestival.org

Thursday 29 November

Litvak Days in London: Soundtracks of Jewish Life in the Wider World

A series of talks led by musicians and professors for the 8th annual Litvak Days in London conference. Music and song have been constants in Jewish life, from the chanting of Jewish prayer to the instrumental music of Jewish weddings and celebrations, and the Lithuanian contribution includes Jascha Heifetz, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Leonard Cohen and even the pop artist Pink. Lithuanian Jewish music was recognised as a musical style by the mid-18th century and its influence has become increasingly significant.

10am-5pm. FREE. Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, SW1V 2JE. http://polishjewishstudies.co.uk

THEATRE

Until Saturday 17 November

Brexit

A pair of Jewish wits take on Brexit in this London premiere of a show that sold out in Edinburgh earlier this year. Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, the men behind the play, tackle a British future in Brexit with plenty of humour. The year is 2020 and protagonist Adam Masters is leading the Conservative party through the final stages of Brexit negotiations, if only h eknewexactly what he’s supposed to be doing… Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

7pm, 3pm (Sun only; plus 17 Nov). £19.50, £18 concs, £10 under 30, £5 unwaged. King’s Head Theatre, N1 1QN. 020 7226 8561. www.kingsheadtheatre.com

Twelfth Night

A terrific new take on Twelfth Night, co-conceived and with songs by leading US Jewish writer-composer Shaina Taub. Collaborating with the Young Vic theatre’s new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Taub’s musical reworking canters through the plot of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy in just 90 minutes. This version was originally conceived for Joe Papp’s Public Theater, with the action set on the streets of New York. Now it’s crossed the Atlantic to the Notting Hill Carnival, where it boasts a community cast of 60 (two teams of 30). Drawn from the local Lambeth community, they dance up a storm and sing their hearts out alongside a superb professional cast playing Shakespeare’s dramatis personae.

7.30pm (Mon-Sat). £10-£40. Young Vic, SE1 8LZ. 020 7922 2922. www.youngvic.org

 

Until Saturday 24 November

Bury the Dead

The Finborough’s GREATWAR100 series culminates with Irwin Shaw’s 1936 expressionist anti-war masterpiece. Bury the Dead follows six dead soldiers, who refuse to lay down and die. The military are at a loss of what to do. The captains and generals attempt to persuade the men to be buried quietly, but quickly discover it’s difficult to negotiate with men who have nothing left to lose. Read our review of the show on the JR blog.

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

 

Drowned or Saved?

A new play by debut playwright Geoff Williams, which explores the life of Holocaust survivor and revolutionary thinker Primo Levi. Born in Turin in 1919, Levi was an Italian Jew transported to Auschwitz in 1943, at the age of 24. Against all odds he survived the camp, but at what cost?

8pm, 2.30pm (Sat only), 3pm (Sun only). £15, £12 concs. Tristan Bates Theatre, WC2H 9NP. 020 3841 6601. www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Honour

Double Olivier Award-winning Henry Goodman, one of our finest Jewish actors, stars in a compelling drama by Melbourne-based Australian Jewish writer Joanna Murray-Smith. Honour paints an unflinching portrait of what happens when a secure marriage suddenly stalls, and when the opportunity arises for one life to be revived at the expense of another. For Honor and George, the arrival of the self-assured Claudia threatens to wreck a 32-year marriage, but as the power balance shifts, the husband, wife, daughter and lover must face a fundamental question: what is love? Read our review of Honour on the JR blog.

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 Sunday 25 November

Sholem Aleichem in the Old Country

NB: Performances have been postponed; they’re set to resume on Saturday 17 November, but phone the theatre for the most current details.

South African performer Saul Reichlin’s one-man show based on the writings of Sholem Aleichem, leading Yiddish author and playwright whose short stories were turned into Fiddler on the Roof.

8pm (Tue-Sat), 1pm & 5pm (Sun). £14, £12 cocns. The Lion and Unicorn, NW5 2ED. www.lionandunicorntheatre.co.uk

 

Until Saturday 8 December 

An Evening of Cabaret

Two Jewish drag shows in one night: Chanukah Lewinsky (7.30pm) and The Chronicles of Electra (9pm). First up, Chanukah Lewinsky travels west from Grodno for an hour of live art and poetry in a certain blue dress… Then, in a heartwarming tale, Electra Cute struggles to tell her queer friends she’s Jewish and her Jewish friends that she’s queer.

7.30pm & 9pm. £12, £20 (both shows). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Landscape / A Kind of Alaska

To honour the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter's death, the theatre that bears his name is putting on a season of the great man's one-act plays. Running until February 2019, all 20 of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright's short plays are being performed. Jamie Lloyd directs these two spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time. In Landscape, a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard, while A Kind of Alaska follows Deborah, who awakes from a 29-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds. Cast includes Tamsin Greig. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

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

Moonlight / Night School

Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian direct these shorts, respectively, for the Pinter at the Pinter season of late playwright's one-act plays. The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw but funny Moonlight. In Night School a 1960s East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Read more about Pinter at the Pinter in the July 2018 issue of JR.

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

Until Sunday 9 December

Fanatical: A Sci-Fi Convention Musical

In a distant Galaxy, the ragtag crew of cargo ship Angel 8 is under the command of fearless pilot Iris Aucht. Meanwhile, at a conference centre somewhere in England, a misfit collection of 1,000 fans gathers from across the UK for Eight Con One, the first official convention of the cult TV show Angel 8. Starring Stephen Frost and Suanne Braun, Fanatical tells a suspenseful, comedic and affecting tale about being true to oneself, finding love against the odds and snatching triumph from the jaws of disaster - proving that no power in the universe can keep a story from its fans. With music and lyrics by Matt Board and book by Reina Hardy. Read our interview with Fanatical’s award-winning Jewish producer Neil Marcus on the JR blog.

7.30pm, 3pm (Wed & Sat only). £12.50-£25. The Playground Theatre, W10 6RQ. 020 8960 0110. www.theplaygroundtheatre.london

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  

Until Saturday 30 March 2019

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

Tuesday 20 November 2018 – Saturday 9 February 2019

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.

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

 

Friday 23 November 2018 – Saturday 9 March 2019

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.

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

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WALKS

Tuesday 20 November

Hackney Downs to the Lowlife: Literary Hackney

Celebrate the literary heritage of Hackney on this tour with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Learn about Jewish writers, including Grace Aguilar, Pinter, Baron and Camberton.

10.30am. £15. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Sunday 25 November

The V&A with a Jewish Twist: Highlights and Sacred Silver

This tour profiles the V&A’s fascinating history and architecture before focusing on highlights with a Jewish association. Featuring pieces from the Gilbert Collection and Montefiore Endowment, the ceramics of de Waal and Rie, sacred silver and Benney bark.

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

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WORKSHOPS

Until Monday 10 December

Creative Writing with Sylvia Paskin

Poetry, fiction, plays and memoir writing workshop taking place every Monday. Sylvia Paskin is an author, editor and lecturer, who has edited various works by Jewish authors, poets and Yiddish filmmakers.

7.30-9.30pm. £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Until Tuesday 11 December

Modern Jewish History

Trudy Gold leads this weekly Tuesday course about the extraordinary changes to the history of the Jewish people over the past 200 years.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Until Wednesday 12 December

Trials: The Great Court Cases of Jewish History

Trudy Gold leads this weekly Wednesday course about the little-known areas of Jewish history.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Until Thursday 13 December

Modern Jewish Literature with Aviva Dautch

Explore the richness of modern Jewish literature by reading Israeli, European and American books and discussing them every Thursday. Featuring Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, Ruth Giligan’s Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan and Moshe Sakal’s The Diamond Setter.

10.30am-12.30pm. £20, £160 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk


Until Tuesday 18 December

The Art of Hebrew Calligraphy with Vetta Alexis

A weekly Tuesday workshop in the art of Hebrew lettering; working in ink, pencil, paint and gold leaf. 

12.15-2.15pm. £20, £180 (whole 10 weeks). JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

Until Wednesday 19 December

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 


Tuesday 20 & Tuesday 27 November

Love of Lieder

After two successful concerts with Ensemble Émigré at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in 2016 and 2017, Norbert Meyn returns with Cathy Heller-Jones and fellow musicians for a short study course. Together they will explore the role of Jewish cultural figures in the evolution of classical song (with piano accompaniment). They will also discuss how Jewish and other émigré musicians from Nazi Europe helped to make it more popular in Britain. This event is part of B’nai B’rith UK’s Heritage Days.

8-9.30pm. £10 per session, £40 whole series. Liberal Jewish Synagogue, NW8 7HA. 020 7286 5181. www.ljs.org

 

Wednesday 21 November & Wednesday 5 December

Challah for Hunger

Bake challah for the homeless.

6-9pm. FREE. JW3, NW3 6ET. 020 7433 8988. www.jw3.org.uk

 

Saturday 24 November

Where is Home?

A cartoon workshop led by The Surreal McCoy (New Yorker, Spectator) and Banx (FT, Private Eye). Read our interview with Carol Isaacs in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Phone for times. FREE. Charing Cross Library, WC2H 0HF. 020 7641 6200.

BRISTOL

FILM

Friday 23 – Friday 30 November

Back to Berlin

For possibly the first time ever, motorcyclists and the Holocaust come together in a documentary, courtesy of director Catherine Lurie. Back to Berlin follows a band of 11 bikers in 2015, making their way across nine countries on a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion in Berlin for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since World War II. Jason Isaacs narrates this tale of caution, reconciliation and hope; of defiance and survival. The core group of bikers comprises nine Israelis and two diaspora Jews. Two are survivors, seven are descendants of Holocaust survivors and one is the grandson of an original 1930s Maccabi Biker. Viewers will also learn how one biker’s grandmother survived Auschwitz, as she details her escape from the Death March.

Phone for times and prices. Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX. 011 7927 5100. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

 

Wednesday 28 November

A Bag of Marbles (Un Sac de Billes)

Canadian director Christian Duguay explores the horrors of World War II from the

perspective of two young Jewish boys living in Nazi-occupied France. Based on the acclaimed memoirs of the same name by Joseph Joffo.

8pm. £5.25, £4.25 concs, £3.50 students. Orpheus Cinema, Bristol, BS9 4HN. 011 7962 5852. www.scottcinemas.co.uk

TALKS

Tuesday 11 December

The Bagel: Past, Present and Future

If smoked salmon and cream cheese bring just one thing to mind, then you’re part of a long and fascinating edible history that has brought the roll with a hole from 17th-century Poland to the freezers of the modern Anglo-American home. This talk by Clarissa Hyman will give a cultural and light-hearted overview of this modest circular bread that’s gained a place in history.

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

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Saturday 24 November

Bahla + Daphna Sadeh’s Quartet

London outfit Bahla, who draw on Jewish music traditions – from liturgical melodies to North African rhythms and Yiddish songs – seamlessly combine intimate chamber group textures and contemporary jazz. They’re supported at this Cambridge Jazz Festival show by accomplished double bass player and composer Daphna Sadeh, who’ll perform electro ethno jazz music with the Cambridge Jazz Quartet.

4-6.30pm. £8, £6 concs. St Andrew's Street Baptist Church, Cambridge, CB2 3AR. www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

MUSIC

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Talks

Monday 19 November

Gendered Citizenship: Women's Testimonies Against Militarized Violence in Israel

Professor Orna Sasson-Levy, from Bar Ilan University, leads this guest lecture about the dual meaning of women’s military service in Israel. She will analyse female soldiers’ testimonies collected by the anti-occupation movement, Breaking the Silence.

1-2pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

 

Tuesday 20 November

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

 

Tuesday 4 December

Faith and Brexit: Potential Implications of Brexit for the UK Faith Communities

Four speakers, including Dr Ed Kessler MBE, founder of the Woolf Institute, will attempt to evaluate the potential implications of Brexit for UK faith communities. This event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

10am-12pm. FREE. Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

 

Thursday 6 December

Jewish and Muslim UK Immigration Experiences: Echoes of the Past, Influences on the Present

A one-day conference held jointly by the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Muslim College. Over the course of the day they’ll look at the similarities in experiences in immigration between the British Jewish and Muslim communities.

9.15am-7.30pm. £40 (inc. lunch and dinner). Woolf Institute, Cambridge, CB3 0UB. 012 2376 1984. www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

GREATER MANCHESTER

ART

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Poppies: Wave

Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. Weeping Window (showing in London) is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below. Both sculptures are by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and represent the British or Colonial life lost at the front during World War I.
Until 25 November

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 2019

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

Manchester Jewish Museum

Journey with Absent Friends

A museum of memory inside a caravan by Ellie Harrison. Memories and stories are hidden in all the cupboards and drawers in the caravan and members of the public are invited to add to these throughout the MJM’s Festival of Leaving.
Until 18 November

Nomad

A new piece by local artist Jo Scorah that focuses on the human elements of departure, displacement and conflict. Her use of materials such as cloth, wire and found objects reflect a textile background, whilst providing a strong sense of emotional baggage and turmoil. The installation will also include work from textile students at Abraham Moss School.
Until 18 November

M8 8LW. 084 3208 0500. www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

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BOOKS & POETRY

Monday 19 November

M@M Book Club

Menorah Synagogue’s monthly book club. This month’s title for discussion has yet to be decided – phone for info nearer the time.

2.30pm. FREE. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk

 

Monday 17 December

M@M Book Club

Menorah Synagogue’s monthly book club. This month’s title for discussion has yet to be decided – phone for info nearer the time.

2.30pm. FREE. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk

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Until Sunday 18 November

Festival of Leaving

Over 50 artists partake in 15 events, two art installations and one podcast for the Manchester Jewish Museum’s Festival of Leaving. Over two weeks you can see live music, comedy, theatre, readings, storytelling and lectures about Jewish identity and placement. Highlights include Nick Cassenbaum’s performance of Bubble Schmeisis, set in a Jewish sauna, followed by live klezmer from Daniel Gouly and Josh Middleton (8 Nov); Young Identity: Ode on the Road, an evening of spoken word and poetry (14 Nov); and the Nomad exhibition by local artist Jo Scorah (5-18 Nov). Note that some events take place at other venues; see the MJM website for info.

Times and prices vary. Manchester Jewish Museum, M8 8LW. 084 3208 0500. www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

FAMILY

FILM

Until Thursday 22 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (22 Nov); Itzhak, about Israeli virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman (11 Nov); and Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria (14 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org

 

Friday 23 – Friday 30 November

Back to Berlin

For possibly the first time ever, motorcyclists and the Holocaust come together in a documentary, courtesy of director Catherine Lurie. Back to Berlin follows a band of 11 bikers in 2015, making their way across nine countries on a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion in Berlin for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since World War II. Jason Isaacs narrates this tale of caution, reconciliation and hope; of defiance and survival. The core group of bikers comprises nine Israelis and two diaspora Jews. Two are survivors, seven are descendants of Holocaust survivors and one is the grandson of an original 1930s Maccabi Biker. Viewers will also learn how one biker’s grandmother survived Auschwitz, as she details her escape from the Death March.

Phone for times and prices. HOME, Manchester, M15 4FN. 016 1200 1500. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

 

Tuesday 4 December

Menorah Film Club: Noodle

A monthly movie get-together that’s open to all (aged 18+). This month they’re screening Noodle, Ayelet Menahemi’s 2007 comedy about a Chinese flight attendant working in Israel. When she’s suddenly deported for overstaying her work visa, she has to struggle, with no Hebrew language skills, to explain she has a child with her who goes by the nickname Noodle.

7.45pm. £45 membership. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk/film-club 

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MUSIC

Thursday 6 December

Opera Appreciation with Joyce Kennedy

Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo.

1.45pm. £5 suggested donation. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk

Sunday 9 December

Klezmer Concert

The museum presents its annual festive klezmer show. This year Michael Kahan Kapelye, Hard Times Kapelye and more will perform.

7pm. £12. Manchester Jewish Museum, M8 8LW. 084 3208 0500. www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com

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THEATRE

Until Saturday 24 November 

Sondheim’s Putting it Together

The Hope Mill Theatre presents their 5th in-house production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical revue Putting it Together. This brilliant showcase features more than 30 numbers from some of Sondheim’s most memorable shows, including Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. 
7.30pm (Tue-Sat), 3pm (Mon only), 2.30pm (Sat only). From £16. Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, M4 7JA. 016 1275 9141. https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk 

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 December

The Lady Killers

Menorah Arts & Drama group perform Ealing Studios’ dark comedy about a bunch of bank robbers, who plot their crime whilst staying with an elderly lady in King’s Cross.

7.30pm. £10. Menorah Synagogue, Manchester, M22 4RZ. 016 1428 7746. www.menorah.org.uk

KENT

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Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 December

Lights in the Dark: Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh Retreat

As the winter solstice approaches and the final days of Chanukah fall, join Sadeh in welcoming the new lunar month of Tevet. Explore winter practises specific to the land, dive into the stories of Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh (marking of the new Jewish month), partake in rituals, sing, talk and warm yourself by the fire with seasonal plant-based food.

6.30pm (Thu) – 2pm (Sun). £50. 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 2019

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

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Thursday 22 November

A Personal Journey of Science and Faith

The Merseyside Council of Christians and Jews welcome Reverend Dr Mike Kirby to discuss science and faith.

8pm. FREE. Liverpool Reform Synagogue, L15 6TF. ccjmerseyside@gmail.com

TALKS

WORKSHOPS

Until Thursday 20 December

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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ART

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 2019

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

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FAMILY

Sunday 23 – Thursday 27 December

Limmud Festival

The wonderful Jewish festival returns to Birmingham with an undoubtedly stellar line-up of speakers, lecturers and artists. Plus a great programme for children and teens, Jewish food and drink, workshops, evening entertainment, competitions and much more.

Phone for times and prices. Hilton Birmingham Metropole, B40 1PP. 020 3115 1620. www.limmud.org

Monday 24 December

Gefiltefest

You may have noticed that the annual Jewish fest didn’t make an appearance this summer, but there’s still a chance to get your foodie fix at their one-off in Birmingham. Gefiltefest will be popping up for a day at Limmud Festival (see above for details), where you can immerse yourself in Jewish food heritage and culture, with numerous demonstrations, hands-on workshops, debates and panels, including acclaimed Israeli TV food personality Gil Hovav and a discussion on the future of kashrut.

Phone for times and prices. Hilton Birmingham Metropole, B40 1PP. 020 3115 1620. www.limmud.org

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TALKS

Sunday 9 December

Birmingham Jewish Graduates Association

Guiseppe Nicolosi delivers the AGM and Chanukah lecture about exoplanets and how we know what we know about these alien worlds.

3pm. £5, £20 annual m’ship. The Old Post Office Building, Birmingham, B13 8JP.

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.
19 November 2018 – 6 February 2019

G12 8QQ. www.hannahfrank.org.uk 

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Film

Thursday 15, Sunday 18 & Wednesday 21 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (15 Nov) and Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria (18 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

Times, prices and Glasgow venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org

SOMERSET 

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Saturday 1 December

London Klezmer Quartet

One of klezmer’s hardest-gigging groups, the raucous LKQ showcases their most recent album, To the Tavern.

8-10pm. £12. Halsway Manor, Taunton, TA4 4BA. www.londonklezmerquartet.com

MUSIC

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THEATRE

Thursday 22 November – 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 

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Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, Hove

Art Exhibition and Sale

Collectible originals and prints together with jewellery, ceramics and pottery. Featuring Cecil Rice and other local and UK artists. All items available to view and purchase 10am-5pm, along with tea, cake and cards.
25 November

BN3 1FF. 012 7373 7223. www.bhps-online.org

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FILM

Friday 23 – Friday 30 November

Back to Berlin

For possibly the first time ever, motorcyclists and the Holocaust come together in a documentary, courtesy of director Catherine Lurie. Back to Berlin follows a band of 11 bikers in 2015, making their way across nine countries on a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion in Berlin for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since World War II. Jason Isaacs narrates this tale of caution, reconciliation and hope; of defiance and survival. The core group of bikers comprises nine Israelis and two diaspora Jews. Two are survivors, seven are descendants of Holocaust survivors and one is the grandson of an original 1930s Maccabi Biker. Viewers will also learn how one biker’s grandmother survived Auschwitz, as she details her escape from the Death March.

Phone for times and prices. The Depot, Lewes, BN7 2JS. 012 7352 5354. http://backtoberlin.co.uk

 

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Eric Barbier’s Promise at Dawn, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg plays an overbearing Jewish mother, screens on Wednesday. Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, about an Israeli historian investigating a hidden Holocaust-era atrocity in Austria screens Thursday. Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

8.30pm. See website for prices. Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton, BN1 1UN. http://ukjewishfilm.org

Sunday 9 December

Sussex Jewish Film Club: Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand plays Fanny Brice, a stage-frightened teenager who gets her first job in vaudeville. Featuring memorable songs such as ‘People, I’m the Greatest Star’ and ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’.

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

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Saturday 24 November

Chichester Psalms

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

7.30pm. £15-£36. Chichester Cathedral, PO19 1PX. 012 0266 9925. www.bsolive.com

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TALKS

Tuesday 27 November

The Brighton Jewish Community 1910 – 1920

A lecture by Michael Crook, chairman of the Sussex branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England.

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

 

Sunday 2 December

Not All Wounds Are Visible: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr Wilfred Assin 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

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WORKSHOPS

Until Tuesday 18 December

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. 012 7368 8538. 

YORKSHIRE 

Wednesday 28 November

The Greatest Comeback

Author and commentator David Bolchover talks about his book, The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory – The Story of Béla Guttman. This event is part of Milim, Leeds Literary Festival.

7.30pm. £5. The Grammar School at Leeds, LS17 8GS. https://milim.org.uk

BOOKS & POETRY

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Until Monday 26 November

UK Jewish Film Festival

The UKJFF celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, showcasing many world, European and UK premieres of new features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include US comedy Humor Me, about a Jewish playwright whose life goes south, leading him to move into his father’s retirement home (13 Nov) and Itzhak, about Israeli virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman (26 Nov). Read our reviews of some of the festival highlights in the Oct 2018 issue of JR.

7.30pm. Prices and Leeds venues vary. http://ukjewishfilm.org

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TALKS

Monday 3 December

Leitz, Camera, Action

A lecture by Gideon Leventhall about Leica, the German camera company.

8pm. FREE. United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, Leeds, LS17 8DW. 011 3318 6403. https://jhse.org 

 

Sunday 9 December

The Life of Leonard Bernstein

A talk by Nigel Simeone, also featuring music by Bernstein.

3pm. £3 (inc. refreshments). Kingfield Synagogue, Sheffield, S11 8UX. sheffieldsjcc@gmail.com