JULY 2014


july-14-01Gefilte fish with couscous
Natasha Lehrer takes a whistle-stop tour of the Jewish community of Paris, while Philippe Boukara examines its North African influence
The Jews of Paris from the 6th century CE to the present day.
Answering Napoleon
Michael Goldfarb on the Great Sanhedrin
Dreyfus through new eyes
Judi Herman talks to Robert Harris about his novel and upcoming film An Officer and a Spy, which focuses on the Dreyfus Affair
july-14-03A survivor's story
Lady Lipworth CBE tells Rebecca Taylor about her life in hiding during World War II
Jane Metter talks to students at the Lycée Racine about a project that remembers Jewish victims of the war
The Trailblazer: Pauline Bebe
Rebecca Taylor talks to the pioneering Reform rabbi about building a young community
Beyond Le Marais
Rebecca Taylor goes in search of Jewish soul – and finds Muslim-Jewish friendship in Sarcelles
Paris in a pitta bread
Natasha Lehrer on how Jewish culture is injecting 'va va voom' into Parisian life
Ones to watch
july-14-04Klezmer accordionist Alexis Kune; filmmaker Leila Ferault-Levy; dance teacher David El Shatran; Yiddish teacher Lise Gutmann; musician Marc Fichel, and filmmaker Diane Kurys are making cultural waves
When You Go to Paris....
Our handy map flags up the best museums, synagogues and cultural hotspots in the city of light
Poets on Paris
Our poetry editor Liz Cashdan selects poems by Jacqueline Saphra and Michael Berg


Our new home
Jewish Renaissance has moved to JW3! And we're loving it!
The way things look
The world through art student eyes – an exhibition of the UJS Incubator Project at JW3
News from Greece
25-year-old Gabriel Negrin is to become new Chief Rabbi of Greece
Torah on the Moon?
The sacred book is to go intergalactic, together with the Hindu Vedas and Chinese I-Ching
july-14-05Building bridges in Morocco
Mimouna Foundation, a group of young Moroccan Muslims celebrating Jewish culture, is building a nationwide presence
Working together to plant trees
A tree-planting project in rural Morocco, run by the High Atlas Foundation
The dignity he deserves
A new headstone for artist Simeon Solomon at Willesden Cemetery


Killing Jews in Brussels is different to voting against Brussels
David Cesarani berates those who can't distinguish between the anti-EU far right and Islamic militant extremism


Our new series aims to nudge you off the sofa to experience some new cultural activities!

Living in the moment
Bev Cohen discovers Jewish meditation at a weekend retreat organised by HaMakom


july-14-08So much is happening from July to October, including Jewish Heritage Days all over the country

Welcome to Edinburgh! Judi Herman with Edinburgh Fringe highlights – she particularly recommends: Philip Glassborow's Welcome to Terezin

What to do in Israel this summer? Agi Erdos tempts you from the beach


A night at the Movies
Judi Herman admires short films by students at Tel Aviv University Film School


july-14-06Matisyahu's odyssey
Danielle Goldstein on the mysterious disappearance of the chasidic star's sidelocks
Musicians of Tomorrow
Judi Herman uncovers a remarkable project to train disadvantaged but talented teenagers in Rosh Pinah, run by musicians Leat Sabbah and Anna Rosnovsky



Pioneer Modernist
Percy North discusses the art of Max Weber as a new exhibition of his work opens at the Ben Uri Gallery in London
Anne and Avigdor
Sophia Reitman Voignac and Lucy Raitz pay a visit to the home of artist Avigdor Arikha and talk to his widow, the poet, Anne Atik
Breathing new life
Parisian artist Carole Benzaken tells Sophia Reitman Voignac about how the Bible and Jewish history have inspired her art



British Jewish Writing
Maureen Kendler takes Ruth Gilbert's Writing Jewish as a cue to examine recent trends
Fields of Exile
Nora Gold's novel is reviewed by Shoshana Ish-Horovicz
In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Ruchama King Feuerman's Jerusalem-based story is reviewed by Judith Mirzoeff
july-14-10To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Deborah Brooks reviews Joshua Ferris's new novel
The Jewish Candidate
David Crossland's thriller about a neo-Nazi plot is reviewed by Vesna Domany Hardy
The House of Twenty Thousand Books
David Herman reviews Sasha Abramsky's book about his grandfather Chimen Abramsky's marvellous collection
The Story of the Jews
David J Goldberg's brief illustrated history is reviewed by Peter Falush


Munch your way around the world without leaving Paris
Rebecca Taylor savours Paris's kosher eating scene


Remembering Rue Nelaton
Poem by Parisian writer Yvan Berrebi