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JANUARY 2016

jan 16 01WHAT'S NEW

Art Kibbutz Creativity is blooming at a New York initiative featuring the world's first Jewish artist colony

The only Jew in town Steven Derby is a novelty at an interfaith conference in Islamabad

SOAPBOX

Should we welcome more refugees? David Goodhart and Edie Friedman debate the thorny issues around Europe's refugee crisis

jan 16 02

FEATURES

The queens of big hair and gefilte fish Rachel Delia Benaim uncovers the surreal world of Orthodox Jewish drag queens

A haven of Schubert and chickens A new book sheds light on the WW2 European refugees who found a haven in rural Buckinghamshire

PASSPORT

jan 16 03

Venice: 500 years of ghetto life JR editor Rebecca Taylor visits the Venice ghetto as its residents prepare to mark 500 years since its founding
21st century Shylock Judi Herman speaks to Howard Jacobson about recalcitrant teenagers, bereaved fathers and memories of Cheshire, which all form the background to his new novel, Shylock is My Name

Inky waters Printmakers Sophie Herxheimer and Andi Arnovitz embark on a remarkable trip to recreate a contemporary haggadah

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Listings Our exclusive three month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and cultural events in the UK and beyond

Try this! Liam Hoare joins the feisty discussion at the Abraham Debating Club

jan 16 04 ART

Warhol's Jews David Herman deciphers Andy Warhol’s pictures of Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe at New York’s Jewish Museum

A tale of two cities Monica Petzal’s striking images of Dresden and Coventry also mark the history of her family’s own journey

MUSIC

Desert rock Danielle Goldstein interviews all-girl band A-Wa as they break with tradition and go global with their Yemenite beats

jan 16 05

FILM

Priceless Peggy Jason Solomons speaks to the director of a new film about the life of the rebellious Peggy Guggenheim

BOOKS

Thou shalt read! We highlight the best events of this year’s Jewish Book Week
From shtetl to burlesque A new book uncovers surprising photos of New York nightlife by Roman Vishniac
The invention of the Nazis Rebecca Wallersteiner reviews a clutch of books focusing on the personalities who created the Nazi image
Red Rosa A new graphic novel reveals the complex life of the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburgjan 16 06
Tough love
Liz Cashdan reviews the collected poems of Jon Silkin

FOOD

Vilna veggie Agi Erdos reports on a pioneering 1930s vegetarian cookbook

LAST WORDS

Ghetto talk David Herman traces the dark history of the word ‘ghetto’