Arts features

Is this a cure for 'illiterature'?

By Danny Scheinmann, May 14, 2015

I'm going to ask you to do something you've never done before and be part of a revolution in publishing, but first let me tell you a story.


Interview: Sir Ralph Kohn

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

Ralph Kohn still remembers the moment his ship docked at Liverpool - the moment he came to the UK as a child fleeing Nazi persecution with nothing but the clothes on his back.


In honour of real Dutch courage

By Nadine Wojakovski, April 23, 2015

My children Nathalie, Nicky and Alex, grew up with exciting stories about the fun-loving witches Molly and Bolly, who travelled from London to the Lake District sowing mischief wherever they worked. Blonde-haired Molly and black-haired Bolly were the creatures of my imagination. My husband, Oded, would even tiptoe into the children's bedroom and listen to the stories, spellbound.


Mel Brooks's 2,000 Year Old Man - is this the greatest comedy sketch ever?

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

George Burns threatened to steal him. Edward G Robinson wanted to take him to Broadway, and if you went to the right Hollywood parties in the 1950s, you would have met him.


Bryn Terfel on singing Tevye: 'I've always felt the character is in my blood'

By Paul Lester, February 12, 2015

It is one of the quintessential Jewish roles of musical theatre — Tevye, in Fiddler On The Roof — and, this summer, for a season at the Grange Park Opera in Hampshire, the part of the impoverished milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia is being played by Bryn Terfel, the world-renowned opera singer, who is a) manifestly Welsh and b) not remotely Jewish.


It is life's greatest losses that most inspire creativity

By Dominic Bliss, December 4, 2014

Every new Stasha art exhibition includes among its works a paint-spattered pair of Timberland boots. She buys new ones each time she starts on a series of paintings and then, once the collection is complete, hangs them somewhere in the gallery alongside the art. They've become a sort of trademark.


Bettina Caro brings Morocco to north London

By Julia Weiner, December 1, 2014

Bettina Caro’s paintings bring a burst of North African heat and colour to the cold and grey of a north London winter.

Caro grew up in the Moroccan city of Tangiers and works inspired by her memories of childhood are currently on show at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.


The empty museum...

By Abigail Morris, November 27, 2014

A new Jewish museum has opened in Warsaw. It sits in the centre of what used to be the ghetto, and some see that fact as a cause for celebration.


Steven Berkoff: The Hill was my sanctuary

By Steven Berkoff, November 13, 2014

It was called N.16. Don't know why but it felt right, and after a while the number has a familiar feel like it was a piece of safety, a sanctuary.

I discovered it all on my own when I was about 12 and had been moved from two grotty disgusting rooms in the east of London to a Council flat in Manor House.


Churchill's 'maker'

By Julia Weiner, November 13, 2014

This week, Lady Aurelia Young, wife of former Chief Whip Sir George, gave the annual lecture of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, speaking about her father, the Jewish sculptor Oscar Nemon.