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4YOUR SAY… Readers’ rants, raves and views on the April issue of JR.

6 WHAT’S NEW The EU elections: what now for Europe’s Jews?; The Crucible gets its ballet premiere; Mumbai’s new glory.

10 FEATURE Ayelet Gundar-Goshen argues that writers must offer an alternative vision for Israel’s future.

12 FEATURE Ukraine’s new president is a Jewish comedian. Amelia Glaser unpicks his gags for clues to his politics.

14PASSPORT Turkey: as President Erdogan’s power weakens what is the future for Turkey’s Jews? We also investigate the world’s only Ladino newspaper; join Istanbul’s Jews on their holidays; and meet a modern-day follower of the Dönme sect.

28 ART John March uncovers the work of photographer Gerty Simon.

31 FILM Robin Lustig reports on a film that asks why so many perpetrators of the Holocaust got away with murder.

34 MUSIC The Jewish Music Institute is turning 35! Danielle Goldstein speaks to its Chair, Jennifer Jankel.

36 THEATRE Judi Herman finds the spirit of Harold Pinter in Truth to Power Café, and reports on the little-known Kurt Weill opera, Der Silbersee.

38 BOOKS Paul Gravatt on graphic novels; Shoshi Ish-Horowicz and David Herman on Vasily Grossman; Adam Foulds on Nathan Englander’s new novel; Monica Bohm-Duchen and Alison Garnham on Milein Cosman and Hans Keller.

46THE YIDDISHISTS Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: Argentina’s Jewish cowboys.

47 SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE Peter Watts on the activists defying ISIS to rescue Jewish heritage; Julia Pascal on the UK’s lost Jews; Adrian Whittle speaks to the Iranian traders at Jaffa Market.

54WHAT’S HAPPENING Our three-month guide to art, books, film, music, theatre and other cultural events in the UK, Europe and Israel.

65 FAMILY David Benmayer on Marie Neurath’s science illustrations.

66 MEET THE READER This issue: Joshua Hershfield in Haifa, Israel.

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