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

6 WHAT’S NEW A new heritage centre for Wales; how UK Jewish Film is tackling antisemitism; six film festival picks.

10 FEATURE Why I broke the law to stop climate change by Shulamit Morris-Evans.

12 FEATURE Lucy Daltroff uncovers a historic, hidden Plymouth cemetery.

14PASSPORT Oxford: discover the Jewish treasures of the Ashmolean; join a tour of the city; hear about Jewish student life and meet the activists, artists and academics of this dynamic community.

26 FILM Warren Hoffman explores the history of American musicals and finds they tell a very Jewish story.

28 MUSIC Whatever happened to ‘Yiddisher jazz’? Alan Dein uncovers this distinctive East End genre.

30 THEATRE Judi Herman tells the story of the Cosmo Café, which is being brought to life again in a new musical. Giles MacDonogh explores the history of Vienna’s Leopoldstadt; Patrick Marber on directing Tom Stoppard’s new play.

34 ART Why did Josef Herman stop painting Jewish themes? David Herman investigates.

38 BOOKS Howard Jacobson on love at 90 and political scoundrels; Andrew Whitehead on Alexander Baron; Stephen Herman on a newly translated collection by Yiddish writer Mendel Mann.

46THE YIDDISHISTS Our series that uncovers the YIVO archive. This issue: The folklorist Ruth Rubin.

47 SEPHARDI RENAISSANCE Myriam Tangi’s stunning photos reveal the lost world of Yemen’s Jews; Naomi Pope tells us of an extraordinary childhood that took her from Burma to a Kent farm.

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 A new book uncovers the stories of our brave animal friends.

66 MEET THE READER James Leek in Wimbledon, London.

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