Jewish culture

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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Baddiel plays the fame game for stand-up return

By John Nathan, July 25, 2013

I am sitting with David Baddiel in a tea room, not far from the Hampstead home where he lives with fellow comedy writer Morwenna Banks and their two children, talking about fame, the territory of his new stand-up show. Baddiel’s first proper stand-up gig for 16 years is a meditation on the absurdities thrown up by celebrity.

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Can Jewish life flourish if God is on the sidelines

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2013

I once heard a rabbi say in his Shabbat morning sermon : “Without God, Judaism falls down like a pack of cards.” There was a time when such a comment would seem so self-evident that you would wonder why anyone would make it.

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Culture Minister bid to keep tapestries in the UK

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

Culture minister ed Vaizey has extended an export ban on rare silk tapestries depicting Jerusalem’s first and second temples. The move comes after a British buyer expressed a serious interest in purchasing the hangings which are on sale for £120,000. The ban will run until August 20.

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Israel parade planners aim for ‘carnival’ spirit

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The organisers of next month’s Closer to Israel parade in central London said they were confident of a strong turn-out as the route it will take was unveiled.

Former UJIA chief executive Douglas Krikler, who chairs the planning committee, said that although the decision to stage the June 2 event had been “taken at a relatively late stage,” support was encouraging.

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3,000 years of culture in 10 volumes

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2013

Just over a century ago Chayim Bialik, one of the forefathers of modern Hebrew literature, co-edited a book that was to become a standard text for generations of Israeli schoolchildren. Sefer Ha’Agadah, The Book of Legends, was a compilation of stories from the Talmud and Midrash.

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Theatre boss is ready to help Leeds put on a show

By John Fisher, January 14, 2013

Former London theatre owner Brian Daniels has been appointed assistant artistic director of the Leeds J-Fest International.

Leeds-born Mr Daniels, who recently returned to his home city, will help director Ellie Ruhan to revitalise the festival.

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Nicola Mendelsohn to chair Creative Industries Council

By Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

Advertising chief Nicola Mendelsohn is to be the new chair of the Creative Industries Council, a group working with the government to identify the needs of sectors such as fashion, publishing and computer games.

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