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RENAISSANCEJewish

VOLUME 5 ISSUE 2 JANUARY 2006

2 LETTERS 3 FROM THE EDITOR 4 WHAT’S NEW / MOVERS AND SHAKERS

THE JR INTERVIEW 6 Eva Hoffman

Janet Levin profiles the writer who dissected the trauma of migration CROSSING CULTURES 8 Choosing to be Jewish

Rob Mason gives a personal view on the conversion experience HERITAGE 9 The Heritage Tour Page 10 Was There Really a Welcome

Joanna Newman reports on a debate about the significance of what happened 350 years ago at the Westminster Conference JUDAISM AND ... 12 Judaism and Sex

Shmuley Boteach exults in Jewish permissiveness

13 JEWS OF THE WEST COUNTRY 14 We are different down here

Frank Gent 15 Time Line

Erica Gordon 17 Plymouth Synagogue

A Tribute to Benny Goodman Anthony Aggiss 18 Intellectuals Invade Ilfracombe

Helen Fry 19 Tu BeShevat in Totnes

Thena Kendall talks to Matthew Rosen Marsh 20 Find out More

MUSIC 29 Laughter Through Tears

Judith Kuhn looks at what was behind the Jewish elements in the music of Shostakovich 31 Israel’s Best Tune up for London

Gabriela Pomeroy talks to the Jerusalem and Aviv quartets

THE WILD AMERICAN PAGE 36

WINDOWS OF MANY COLOURS PAGE 34

FILM FESTIVAL PAGE 40

KADISHMAN’’S SACRIFICE PAGE 38

32 The Reggae Rabbi

Laoise Davidson joins the diverse audience at Matisyahu’s first London concert ART 32 Windows of Many Colours 1

Judi Herman talks to architectural glass artist, Jude Sovin 34 Windows of Many Colours 2

Sharman Kadish on the history of the use of stained glass in British synagogues 36 The Wild American

Sarah McDougall and Rachel Dickson on the life and work of Jacob Epstein ART IN ISRAEL 38 Kadishman’s Sacrifice

Angela Levine looks at Menashe Kadishman’s preoccupation with sheep 40 FILM

Film Festival takes to the road Reviews of films which are touring Britain BOOKS 41- A survey of recent works on the 44 Holocaust; reviews of Matches by Alan

Kaufman, Two Lives by Vikram Seth, a chronological history of the Dreyfus affair, Beware of God by Shalom Auslander, Disobedience by Naomi Alderman and Anglo-Jewish Poetry by Peter Lawson 44 Young Readers

Sheri Bernstein reviews Once by Morris Gleitzman POETRY 45 Poetry Choice

Poems by Derek Reid, Pamela Lewis and Teresa Turk Poetry Review Collections by Tom Berman and Lotte Kramer FOOD 46 Looking Forward to Purim

Stephanie Segal looks at cookery traditions from Italy eastwards and gives a Greek recipe for Hamen’s Ears LETTER FROM ISRAEL 47 Letter from a Social Worker

Benny Bailey talks about his work LAST WORDS 48 Greek Gleanings Michael Gillis

CENTRE SECTION: PAGES 21-28

THREE MONTH GUIDE TO EVENTS IN THE UK AND BEYOND

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