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JANUARY 2014

WHAT'S NEW

Hungary: Government tries to boost image
Argentina: New Rabbi MP
Israel: Move towards Pluralism

INNOVATORS

The Spiro Story
Janet Levin hears about the eventful life and achievements of Robin and Nitza

jan-14-01THE BENEFACTORS

How to Get the Young to Give?
David Russell talks to 23-year-old Alexandra Abrams, who leads the way in encouraging her peers to give to charity


jan-14-04THE JEWS OF KRAKÓW

Jewish Kraków
Jonathan Webber
Timeline
Michal Galas and Agi Legutko
The Rema
The life of Kraków's most famous rabbi, Moses Isserles (the Rema or Remuh) by Agi Legutko
Pre-War Memories
Felik Scharf's reminiscences of childhood
Growing up in Kraków
Views from books by Janina Fischler-Martinho and Eva Hoffman
jan-14-03Reconstruction
Jonathan Webber describes the recent revival of the Jewish community and the restoration of many of its buildings
The Best Job in the World!
Janet Levin talks to JCC director Jonathan Ornstein
Reassessing Attitudes
jan-14-02Rabbi Avi Baumol on how teaching Kraków's new Jews has changed his view of the world
Jewish Publishing Reborn
Connie Webber interviews Kraków-based publishers Wojtek and Malgosia Ornat
Finding a New Identity
Agi Legutko tells how she was drawn to the study of Yiddish – and then discovered her Jewish roots
Midrash through Art
Magda Koralewska on how the Beit Kraków Reform congregation interprets the Torah through art
Magda's Jewish Journey
Like many in Poland, Magda converted to Judaism as an adult. She tells how it came about that by the age of 31 she had been president of two communities.
Polish Expressions of Loss
David Clark reviews Sefer by Ewa Lipska
Unwritten Elegy for Kraków's Jews
Adam Zagajewski's poem
Revisiting
David Clark and Marcel Manson explain why they return to Kraków's Jewish Culture festival again and again
Jejan-14-05wish Place as a Living Phenomenon
Karen Underhill explains how visitors can help to keep Jewish culture alive in places where there are no longer Jews
The Festival
Jonathan Webber on the local and international importance of Kraków's Jewish Culture Festival

MUSIC

jan-14-06Reinventing the Cantor
Eric Moses explains what cantors can and should do for their congregations
Welcomed with open Arms
Three new London full-time cantors: Steven Leas, Jason Green and Paul Heller talk about what their role means to them
Putting Music at the heart of the Community
Introducing North London's women cantors: Cheryl Wunch of Alyth Gardens, Jaclyn Chernett of Kol Nefesh, and Zöe Jacobs of Finchley Reform Synagogue.

jan-14-07FILM/THEATRE

The Book Thief
Judi Herman's review of the new film based on Marcus Zusak's bestseller
Shiver
Judi Herman talks to Daniel Kanaber, author of a new play on loss and memorialising the dead, coming to Watford Palace Theatre

ART

Uproar!
Judi Herman visits the Ben Uri's exhibition on the first 50 years of the London Group with Moich Abrahams, a contemporary London Group artist

CARTOONISTS

Philip Zec
David Herman's look at the life of the popular English wartime cartoonist

BOOKS

Confessions of a Literary Footballer
Rebecca Taylor talks to writer Jonathan Wilson about the importance of football in his life and his book Kick and Run
Nick Barlay's Scattered Ghosts reviewed by Agi Erdos
jan-14-08Monica Bohm Duchen's Art in the Second World War reviewed by Julia Weiner
Royal Jews reviewed by Jonathan Romain
Hineni reviewed by Janet Levin
Jewish Glasgow: An Illustrated History reviewed by Janet Levin
Books in Brief
Rebecca Taylor looks at what reviewers are saying about books whose authors are coming to Jewish Book Week
Maureen Kendler reviews Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah
Antony Polonsky's The Jews in Poland and Russia: A Short History reviewed by David Herman
Yossi Klein Halevi: Like Dreamers reviewed by Colin Shindler
Malcolm Forbes reviews Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens
Saving Mozart by Raphael Jerusalmy reviewed by Judith Mirzoeff
David Salon's Pschatts reviewed by Vesna Domany Hardy
Baghdadian Jews of Bombay by Rachel Manasseh reviewed by Margery Cohen

FOOD

Vodka Stories
Agi Erdos reveals the historical connection between the Jews of Eastern Europe and the region's favourite spirit. She also talks to film director Dan Edelstyn about his brief experiment in vodka production.

LAST WORDS

Es Brent – It Burns
A Yiddish poem and its English translation by Kraków song writer Maurice Gebirtig