Arts features

Arnold Wesker Reflects on Jewish Roots

By Sir Arnold Wesker, May 10, 2012

My mother was Jewish. Her mother was Jewish. And her mother was Jewish. My father was Jewish. His mother was… and so on. Shouldn't this be enough to encourage me to think I'm Jewish? Orthodox Jewry wouldn't think so. Only those, say the Orthodox, who adhere to the prescribed rituals and laws of the Torah can claim the mantle of Jewishness.


Israel: a holy land for modern architecture

By Melanie Abrams, May 3, 2012

When kibbutznik Arieh Sharon bought a book at Breslau train station on his way to architecture school in Berlin in 1925, it changed his life - and the architecture of Israel. For the book introduced Sharon to the new, radical Bauhaus philosophies of architect, Walter Gropius and artist Josef Albers, and inspired him to take the next train to their recently opened school in Dessau.


The Nordic noir detective you've been waiting for

By Jenni Frazer, April 27, 2012

Britain is in the throes of a full-on love affair with all things Scandinavian, on television, film, and books. From The Killing to the just launched The Bridge, from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to the gore of author Jo Nesbo, it is simply cool to be - well, cool.

And now Nordic Noir has its very own Jewish hero, in the unlikely figure of a Finnish Jewish police detective, Ariel Kafka.


Why her music is a religious experience, three times over

By Jessica Duchen, April 19, 2012

It all began, appropriately enough, with Abraham. That is the title of Roxanna Panufnik's violin concerto, which she wrote for Daniel Hope to play in 2005, drawing together the various musical flavours of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


Where to meet Monroe and the apes

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

There cannot be many 85-year-old Bafta winners who spend their time hanging pictures on walls in renovated basements.


Behind the scenes at the museum of ourselves

By Anne Joseph, April 11, 2012

After a £10 million, major redevelopment, and amid national publicity, on March 17 2010, the Jewish Museum London reopened its doors.

Two years on, at the launch of its latest exhibition, No Place Like Home: Photographs by Judah Passow, there is a palpable buzz of excitement. The 150 or so guests are thronging the building, in particular the gallery space where Passow's work is exhibited.


Why I had to reject Hollywood

April 6, 2012

By the age of 17 Piper Laurie had achieved her childhood dreams of movie stardom.


Being Leonard Cohen's son - it's not all hallelujahs

By Brigit Grant, March 29, 2012

There is a quiz on the internet that lets Leonard Cohen fans measure the intensity of their admiration for the musician and poet.


Rita Simons: My Daughter , Deafness and Me

By Simon Round, March 23, 2012

In a week that saw Lord Sugar back on our screens, the most moving and thoughtful programme was about other members of his family - his niece Rita Simons, aka EastEnders' Roxy Mitchell, and her daughter Maia.

At first sight, Maia is like any other bright, pretty girl, but she is profoundly deaf in one ear and has severely impaired hearing in the other.


Meet Henry Goodman's harshest critic - his son

By John Nathan, March 22, 2012

For actor Ilan Goodman there was a tad more than usual to consider while preparing for his role in the UK premiere of Red Light Winter at the Theatre Royal in Bath.

On top of the quick-fire dialogue spoken by his character Matt, a lovelorn writer on the verge of a nervous breakdown; and aside from the rehearsal-room tension of getting naked for the raw and tender sex scenes with his co-star Sal