MJWF director Esther Kister

Jewish writing on stage

A new stage production set around the work of 10 Australian and overseas Jewish authors will be staged by the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival at the Alex Theatre on August 22-23.
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Bernard Cohen at the prize-giving ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales.

$10,000 prize for humour writing

Author Bernard Cohen has won a $10,000 prize for humour writing for his novel The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies, published in 2013 by HarperCollins.

Author Etgar Keret

Keret’s personal journey

Acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret has penned his most personal book yet, which he has controversially decided not to publish in Israel.

Curator Deborah Rechter holds a shell casing that was transformed into trench art during World War I. Photo: Peter Haskin

Jews on the front line

A new exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia highlights the profound impact of World War I on the Jewish soldiers caught up in it, and on the fledgling community back home.

Josh Piterman (right) and Matt Edwards star in the musical Blood Brothers.

Piterman steps into plum role

Willy Russell’s acclaimed musical Blood Brothers comes to Melbourne’s Alex Theatre on July 14 with a cast that includes Dallimore, Michael Cormick, Bobby Fox and Jewish performer Josh Piterman.

PHOTO of Eddie Tamir and sons Benji (left) and Josh in the new Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn.
Photo: Peter Haskin

Birth of a new cinema

WHEN cinema owner Eddie Tamir opens his new eight-screen cinema complex in Hawthorn on June 25, it marks the culmination of a dream that started many years ago. Tamir, who


Shir Madness celebrates Jewish music

MELBOURNE will celebrate a smorgasbord of Jewish music at the inaugural Shir Madness festival to be held in Elsternwick on Sunday, September 6. Festival director Deborah Conway – who will […]


Explore China’s Jewish history

THE first Jews to settle in China are believed to have been traders from Persia travelling on the Silk Road in the 10th century who settled in the city of […]


Sundance springboard

CALLING Ariel Kleiman the “Sundance Kid” may be an apt description for the up-and-coming Melbourne filmmaker. Sundance, the American film festival held annually in Utah since 1978, has provided a […]


From Israel to Iceland

I’VE been to a lot of arts festivals and interviewed a lot of festival directors, but this was the first time one had invited me to don a bikini for […]