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The Secret History of Hava Nagila

The Secret History of Hava Nagila is an animated short story that could change everything you thought you knew about Jewish history.

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Art in a Socially Distanced Age: Artist & Instagrammer Jo Israel

Martha Richler talks to artist and instagrammer Jo Israel about her artwork. Perhaps you have seen photographer Jo Israel’s mysterious creations on Instagram (@jo_israel_art and www.jo-israel.com). Her transposed images are both surprising and captivating: sepia in tone, ghostly in appearance, and poignant at a time when many of us can only glimpse each other through […]

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‘Maus’ Forty Years Later

Sue Fox looks back at Maus, and its creator, Art Spiegelman. A beginning. Seems as good a title as any for musing on an everyday story of life these days. It was the Torah portion our older son had for his bar mitzvah twenty-seven years ago.   Whilst someone somewhere was reading Bereshit on Saturday, October […]

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Reviving a Personal Identity

Robert Katz reflects upon events that may not be precisely accurate but nevertheless reveal layers of meaning and the topography of his experiences. In the mid 1950s, my parents uprooted our family from the congested Bronx apartment building they moved into after World War II, to a neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, where our neighbours […]

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Lockdown and Motherhood

Miki Shaw, an artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, reflects on parenthood during lockdown. Lockdown, when it first came, felt oddly familiar to me. Not the large-scale and tragic backdrop of it, but the personal-scale isolation, and being stuck at home. I’ve been locked down in some ways since I first became a […]

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Heavy Metal and Renewal: Rosh Hashanah in the end times

How metal’s Christian apocalyptic sensibility can ground hope for a Jewish new year of renewal.

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Far Above Rubies

Mila Tanya Griebel’s ‘Far Above Rubies’ kiddush cup won first prize in the 2014/2015 Judaica 21 Award. It was subsequently bought by the Berlin Jewish Museum, and features in their new core exhibition which opened to the public in August 202 this week. A matching Yad is now part of the Barr Foundation collection. This […]

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Jewish Art: Where Are You?

The UK is slowly emerging from lockdown and people can see art again. From last week, museums and galleries reopened for visitors. This may not be news for everyone, but art is my love, as well as my profession. Not being able to go to galleries has been a deprivation. I feel starved of the art of others.    There has been much art on the internet – […]

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Housework, Covid and Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s ‘Maintenance Art’

In my conversations with friends who are fathers I noticed that many of us feel we are the ones devoting most of the time to our children’s distance learning during the Corona pandemic. Very few women agreed with this view. Men have been writing about the wonderful experiences this period introduced in their lives: being at home, getting […]

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As We Are – Emily Steinberg

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