Jewish culture

Strictly Kosher: I give it two sequins

By Simon Round, July 14, 2011

It was called Strictly Kosher but if you were taking all your information from this documentary you would probably conclude that Manchester Jewry was a cross between Glee and Fiddler on the Roof.

We saw the community through the eyes of three main characters - or should that be caricatures?

Joel owns a clothes shop frequented by women who are never knowingly under-sequinned.


Strictly Kosher: Fun, and strictly true to life

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2011

When a Jewish mother walked into a packed Brackman's, north Manchester's most well-known kosher bakery, on Tuesday, she received celebrity treatment.


We're Strictly Kosher, but it's not a Big Fat Jewish Wedding

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 7, 2011

Jews who allowed TV cameras into the heart of Manchester's Jewish community have defended their involvement in a new ITV1 film, over concerns that the programme will over-emphasise the quirky and bizarre.

Strictly Kosher, which will be shown on Monday, shows a Bollywood-style batmitzvah, African dancers at a lavish barmitzvah and the clash of Ashkenazi and Sephardi customs at a Charedi wedding.


Why 'secular' kibbutzim are building own shuls

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2011

It is a common sight in Israel's religious neighbourhoods.


Scan help

June 10, 2011

Thirty Muslim and Jewish lawyers, accountants and doctors discussed how to avoid invasive post mortems which are against both religion's law.

Manchester's Muslim Jewish Forum members were addressed by Rochdale coroner Simon Nelson and Muslim speaker Mo Mangeera at the city centre offices of Linder Myers.


Catholics toast their 'Jewish Pub'

By Nissan Tzur, June 10, 2011

Kamil and Izabella Kozlowski are a devoted Polish Catholic couple, but should you drop in to their restaurant in Lublin, you will feel as if you entered a warm Jewish home.

Hummus, cholent, gefilte fish, matzo-bray and even falafel await you, and should you turn up during Rosh Hashanah or Pesach, you will be sat down for a yomtov meal.


Most Israelis not in the mood for Jerusalem Day

By Nathan Jeffay, June 2, 2011

In the few years after the Six-Day War, it was an almost-spontaneous celebration. Yom Yerushalayim captured the sense of relief that Israel had triumphed against possible destruction, and jubilation that all of Jerusalem was in Jewish hands.


Stage aid for deaf audience

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A group for Jewish deaf and hard of hearing theatre lovers has been set up. It is organised by charity Stagetext, which promotes the use of electronic captions at cultural venues and is funded by charitable trust, City Bridge Trust.

A Jewish board member of Stagetext, Naomi Hayim, formed the group after interest from Jewish deaf people who attend captioned performances.


Ringing the praises on the world's birthday

By David Lister, September 7, 2010

But why? Why is a blast on a horn the best expression of the national mood at the start of a New Year? And a ram's horn at that?


Jonathan Safran Foer boosts Jerusalem culture

August 19, 2010

Two of America's leading young Jewish novelists, husband and wife Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, have spearheaded a cultural initiative in Jerusalem: the revival of the Jerusalem Fellows at Mishkenot Sha'ananim.

Mishkenot, a cultural hub in the shadow of Yemin Moshe, the capital's famous windmill, used regularly to host artists, writers and musicians when the late Teddy Kollek was mayor of Jerusalem.