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RENAISSANCEJewish

VOLUME 10 ISSUE 4 JULY 2011

3 FROM THE EDITOR WHAT’S NEW

2 Judaica 21 Competition Deadline Extended 4 From Lebanon to Israel via London Why on Earth in the Lake District New Chair of Jewish Studies 5 Oral History brought Vividly to Life OUTSIDE THE BOX

6 Outside the Box but in the Fold

Charedim who engage with the world Agi Erdos talks to Naftali and Kate Loewenthal and Chanan Tomlin; Judi Herman to Marton Braun 10 Postmodernism and Jewish History Moshe Rosman dicusses how new ways of looking at history raise the importance of Jewish experience LETTER FROM ISRAEL 12 View from a Teacher of Arabic Maysaloun Majali writes about her experience in a Haifa school

THE JEWS OF INDIA

14 Timeline Cheryll Berrebi 16 Caste, Colour and Class Cheryll Berrebi 17 The Birth of the Sassoon Dynasty ` Erica Gordon

18 The Jews of Calcutta

Review of Mavis Herman’s book 19 Back to Bombay Margery Cohen 20 Blessed in Alibaug Joanna Ezekiel 21 Dynamo of the Community –

Ralphy Jhirad Janet Levin Mumbai Life Now 24 Where Gods have Faces

Novelist Esther David talked to the JR India tour group 25 Finding Home Artist Siona Benjamin talks to Janet Levin 26 Having Fun in Jew Town 1983

Deborah Koder Jew Town 2011 27 A New Lease of Life:

Chennamangalam 28 Further Reading

DIASPORISM IN ART PAGE 41

MANÉ-KATZ PAGE 44

MUMBAI LIFE NOW PAGE 24

MUSIC 37 A Composer whose Time has Come Martin Anderson on Mieczysław Weinberg and his opera The Passenger 39 Rocking the Holy Land Abigail Wood reviews the best of new albums from Israel ART 41 Diasporism in Art Diana Popescu on Israeli artists who are advocating a return to Europe 44 Mané-Katz in Haifa Angela Levine visits the newly refurbished museum that was the artist’s home 46 Hungarian Photographers George Szirtes on the background to the the work of the photographers currently showing at the Royal Academy BOOKS 48 The Jewish Tolstoy David Herman on the life and recently translated works of Vasily Grossman 50 From Odessa to Jerusalem by

Leon Majaro reviewed by Vesna Domany Hardy The Free World by David Bezmozgis reviewed by Judith Mirzoeff 51 The Synagogues of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Sharman Kadish reviewed by Janet Levin

Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick reviewed by Deborah Brooks POETRY This is the Woman Who by Claudia Jessop reviewed by Liz Cashdan 53 Poetry Choice Liz Cashdan chooses poems by Esta Lefton and Wanda Barford FOOD A Taste of the East 54 Review of Linda Dangoor’s Flavours of Babylon 55 The Cuisine of the Bene Israel Esther David LAST WORDS

56 Body Language Tamar S Drukker

CENTRE SECTION: PAGES 29-36 THREE-MONTH GUIDE TO EVENTS IN THE UK AND BEYOND

Cover image: Siona Benjamin, Finding Home #66: Leah (Fereshteh), 19" x 14", gouache and 22K gold leaf on paper, 2004. Image courtesy of the Artist and Flomenhaft Gallery, New York See Finding Home, page 25

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