Our spicy look at forgotten Jews

Five journalism students from City University have created a website to explore and connect diverse Jewish communities. Kosher Curry editor Sophie Kirby explains

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012
Sophie Kirby (back row, centre) and the Kosher Curry team

Sophie Kirby (back row, centre) and the Kosher Curry team

The kosher Curry website was initially born out of a desire to choose and report on a sector of society that had otherwise been overlooked by the mainstream media. As the only Jewish member of the team, I was a little surprised when a consensus emerged to focus on Judaism.

We decided we wanted to confront Jewish stereotypes by covering often forgotten stories of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

The website has grown swiftly. We have met fascinating people, reported on a range of cultural and culinary endeavours and attended enlightening events.

Recent posts include an interview with the president of the Black Jewish Fraternity in Paris, a video about Michelle Huberman's discovery of more than 25 "hidden" synagogues in London and an audio slide show narrated by the photographer Judah Passow.

My personal highlight has to be grabbing an interview with actor and director Simon Callow on why Gaby's Deli, a kosher-style diner in London's West End, should be saved from closure.

For my fellow Kosher Curry-er, Katy, it was hearing from black, Jewish, lesbian feminist Linda Bellos on how deeply she felt her Jewish identity, despite her mother having been disowned by her grandparents for marrying a Nigerian Catholic. Our other Kosher Curry colleagues have found the project has allowed them to confront ignorances and, shed light on parts of the community often forgotten by non-Jewish national media.

Upcoming features on the site include an interview with a Jewish rapper, coverage of a film about the rescue of hundreds of Jewish refugees from Morocco in the 1960s and a Libyan Jew's personal account of being forced to flee his home country.

Sophie is 23, from Wimbledon, south London, and studying for a masters in television journalism. The site is at www.koshercurry.org.

Last updated: 7:28pm, March 22 2012