Arts features

How Eden became hell for Iraq's Jews

By Simon Round, December 2, 2011

The Last Jews of Iraq
Radio 4, ★★★★✩

On The Road With An Orthodox Rabbi
BBC News Channel, ★★★✩✩


The mystery of Josef Herman and the vanished paintings

By Julia Weiner, November 17, 2011

Josef Herman is probably best known for his paintings of Welsh miners, a subject he first painted when he visited the Welsh mining town of Ystradgynlais in 1944.


Imagine: Simon and Garfunkel

By chris, November 11, 2011

Simon and Garfunkel may have started, in the words of Alan Yentob, as two Jewish nebbishes from New York but by 1970 they were on top of their game.


The strange case of the Jewish private eye

By Brigit Grant, November 10, 2011

Fictional Jewish detectives are a rare breed.


TV review: Jamie's Great Britain

By Simon Round, November 4, 2011

Jamie Oliver divides people into two camps - those who find him admirable and inspiring, if a bit irritating, and those who find him just irritating.


Israel is tense and violent — perfect horror material

By Anne Joseph, October 27, 2011

'It's like an emotional roller-coaster. You're going to be scared, you're going to laugh and sometimes it's going to be dramatic," enthuses Israeli film director Navot Papushado, talking about the experience of watching a horror film.


TV review: Rosh Hashanah: What is the point of religion?

By Simon Round, September 27, 2011

If Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks's career had taken a different turn, he would have made a wonderful broadcaster. As listeners to Radio 4's Today programme will know, he has a deep, mellow, reassuring speaking voice.

Once a year, he gets to use this talent in his New Year broadcast (think of it as a rabbinical version of the Queen's speech).


TV review: Curb Your Enthusiasm

By Simon Round, September 22, 2011

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for its eighth series. As usual, devotees live from one episode to the next while the rest of the country completely fails to get it.

So what is so funny about an outspoken, sex-obsessed, obnoxious bald guy who swears a lot?


After The Dinner Party

By Julia Weiner, September 8, 2011

Judy Chicago might be forgiven for feeling frustrated.


TV review: The Man Who Crossed Hitler

By Simon Round, August 25, 2011

There is nothing more gripping than a good courtroom drama. But how about a courtroom drama where the star witness is Adolf Hitler and the man cross-examining him is a Jewish lawyer?

Mark Hayhurst's intelligent film portrayed Hans Litten, the lawyer who in 1930 really did interrogate Hitler in a Berlin court, as a brave and audacious man.