A PEEK Inside: OCTOBER 2019


Oxford: Artists, academics, activists // A vibrant showcase of Jewish life

We’ve already explored Cambridge, so it’s only right we head to Oxford for this issue. Visit the city’s medieval past via a royal castle and England’s first ever coffee shop, walk in the footsteps of Einstein and discover Oxford’s Jewish story from treasures in the Ashmolean Museum and the current community. Elsewhere, we meet members of Extinction Rebellion Jews and delve into the UK Jewish Film Festival highlights. Plus, see some amazing images of the lost Jews of Yemen in Sephardi Renaissance taken by artist Myriam Tangi in the 1980s and don't miss our interview with Howard Jacobson – apart from discussing his latest book, he fiercely lambasts our current political climate. 


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Feature:  Protesters on London’s Waterloo Bridge at the Extinction Rebellion protests on 16 April.  ©Getty

Feature: Protesters on London’s Waterloo Bridge at the Extinction Rebellion protests on 16 April. ©Getty

Feature: Why I broke the law to stop the climate crisis

Extinction Rebellion has never been far from the headlines over the past year as it has stepped up its campaign of civil disobedience over climate change. Now, it has its own Jewish chapter – XR Jews. Shulamit Morris-Evans tells us why she faced arrest to save the planet.

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WHAT’S NEW

A new heritage centre for Wales; how UK Jewish Film is tackling antisemitism; six film festival picks.

FEATURE

Why I broke the law to stop climate change by Shulamit Morris-Evans.

FEATURE

Lucy Daltroff uncovers a historic, hidden Plymouth cemetery.

PASSPORT

Oxford: discover the Jewish treasures of the Ashmolean; join a tour of the city; hear about Jewish student life and meet the activists, artists and academics of this dynamic community.

FILM

Warren Hoffman explores the history of American musicals and finds they tell a very Jewish story.

MUSIC

Whatever happened to ‘Yiddisher jazz’? Alan Dein uncovers this distinctive East End genre.

THEATRE

Judi Herman tells the story of the Cosmo Café, which is being brought to life again in a new musical. Giles MacDonogh explores the history of Vienna’s Leopoldstadt; Patrick Marber on directing Tom Stoppard’s new play.

ART

Why did Josef Herman stop painting Jewish themes? David Herman investigates.

BOOKS

Howard Jacobson on love at 90 and political scoundrels; Andrew Whitehead on Alexander Baron; Stephen Herman on a newly translated collection by Yiddish writer Mendel Mann.

THE YIDDISHISTS

Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: The folklorist Ruth Rubin.

SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE

Myriam Tangi’s stunning photos reveal the lost world of Yemen’s Jews; Naomi Pope tells us of an extraordinary childhood that took her from Burma to a Kent farm.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

FAMILY

A new book uncovers the stories of our brave animal friends.

MEET THE READER

James Leek in Wimbledon, London.