Jewish culture

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid speaks at UJS Conference

By JC Reporter, December 17, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid, addressed students at the Union of Jewish Students Annual Conference on December 14.

Thank you for coming, and thank you for inviting me along today.

It’s always great to see young people getting engaged with the political process.

I vividly remember my own experience of student politics.

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Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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JW3 and LJCC set to unite in historic merger

By Stephen Pollard, September 17, 2014

JW3, the £50m London community centre, is to merge with the LJCC, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, based at Ivy House in Golders Green.

The merger, which has long been predicted but has been repeatedly denied by both organisations, will be completed within the year.

As yet there is no name for the new joint organisation. But both bodies are keen to maintain their identities.

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Tricycle Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival over Israeli sponsorship

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2014

A major London theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy.

The Tricycle Theatre was scheduled to be the main venue for the UKJFF in November, with 26 films due to be screened there as well as six gala events.

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Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”

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New law could bring curtain down on anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

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Protesters who disrupt performances by Israeli actors and musicians could be sued or face injunctions under new plans expected to be put before Parliament.

A proposal due to be introduced by Israel-supporting lawyers would seek to adapt the law on aggravated trespass which would allow aggrieved performers or audience members to seek damages from activists.

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Ritual is the DNA that defines who we are

By Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, March 10, 2014

The language of Judaism is ritual and, as quintessential moderns, we Jews have lost our appreciation for its expressive power. For one thing, we’re not very good at it and like normal adults we don’t like doing what we don’t do well.

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Culture, not faith, is the key to continuity

By Rabbi David Goldberg, February 6, 2014

Last week, the JC summarised the findings of the largest-ever survey of UK Jewry. The results broadly confirm my own amateur observations, based on over 40 years in the Progressive rabbinate.

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Hull is city of culture - and we’re gonna gerron with it

By Maureen Lipman, November 21, 2013

Being From Hull and Jewish and a woman, the triple whammy, generally one feels like saying, when asked to go there, “what’s second prize?”. But not today.

Today I woke up and found myself besieged by requests to big up my beleaguered home town on TV, radio and press, on the grounds that Hull has been named City of Culture 2017.

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How synagogues can go for growth

By Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, November 10, 2013

The experience of “Royal Jews” — those living in the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, whose story I have just published — may provide an important template for other synagogues.

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