Jewish culture

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.


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.


Israeli government to invest in promoting the country to the world

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 9, 2012

The Israeli government is planning a major investment to promote Jewish and Israeli culture around the world as part of a strategic shift in its relationship with the Jewish diaspora.

One of the details of the plan is the establishment of cultural centres — based on the British Council model — in conurbations where there are large Jewish communities.


Judaism inspires inmates

By Nissan Tzur, March 22, 2012

A Polish project to teach prisoners about Jewish culture as part of their rehabilitation is proving a huge success.

The Tikkun project, which was founded in 2003 by Jewish community leaders, aims to increase prisoners' tolerance of other cultures and religions.


Descendants of forced converts meet for first time

By Nathan Jeffay, September 22, 2011

During the Spanish Inquisition, Sicily's Jews faced the choice of expulsion or conversion.


Students' great shul crawl

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

Two Oxford University students have set out on an ambitious project to review every synagogue in Britain.

Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg plan light-hearted assessments of nearly 400 communities, based on the standard of the kiddush, the rabbi's sermon, decorum, and "peculiar customs".

The friends served as co-presidents of Oxford Jewish Society last year and came up with the idea after see


Our ten finest shuls

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

What does Ramsgate have in common with Bradford, Brighton and Liverpool? They are all sites for historic British synagogues which have just been recognised as part of the cultural heritage of Europe.

The country's 10 finest synagogues have been nominated as part of a "Jewish route" across Europe – one of seven cultural routes being created across the continent by the Council of Europe.


Hendon primary becomes academy

September 8, 2011

The Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon has been granted academy status - the first Barnet primary to achieve this and, says the school, the first Jewish primary nationally.

IJDS decided to proceed after consultation involving governors, staff, parents and the wider community. It will become responsible for its own management rather than being under local authority control.


Open season for communal heritage sites

September 8, 2011

A two-hour cemetery tour during a torrential downpour might not seem the most fun Sunday outing.


Heritage tour is full of East End promise

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Three dozen young professionals made an East End pilgrimage on Sunday to learn more about the writers, community leaders and visionaries who enriched Jewish life in the area in the 19th and early 20th century.