Just over 100 years ago, a man called C A Mathew wandered out of Liverpool Street Station to take some revealing and poignant photographs of Jewish Spitalfields. The pictures were lost for nearly a century but turned up last year at Bishopsgate Institute in the City. Now they are going on display at Sandys Road Synagogue.
No society can be a healthy one where its women are excluded from the decision-making processes and deprived of their voice. These are issues for all countries and all societies, not least the Jewish community of the UK.
Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.
Standing in the ruins of Bergen Belsen just two years after it was liberated, chatting to children who had lost their entire families to the Nazis and survived unthinkable horrors, Greville Janner could hardly have predicted just how much the experience would shape his future.
Of all the cities in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor might choose to open a restaurant, a mere 15 years after the end of the Second World War, Munich, birthplace of the Nazi movement, would be the least appealing option. At least, you would think so.
One event we are guaranteed not to see: the families of superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman and that of the equally starry cantor, Yitzchak Helfgot, on stage together.
For despite the free-flowing musicality that runs through both families — four of Perlman’s five children are professional musicians — neither man seems disposed to have their children follow directly in their footsteps.