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.
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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 […]


From Greeks to Throne

WHEN it comes to writing and critiquing, American Daniel Mendelsohn works both sides of the fence, but expresses no qualms about it. “Criticism is writing and all my books are […]


Prize-winning photos

THE winners of the Head On Photo Festival, sharing $50,000 worth of prizes, were announced on May 1 at the festival’s official opening held at Sydney’s Lower Town Hall. The […]


Yiddish redux

Canadian writer and raconteur Michael Wex, who has breathed new life into the Yiddish language, is visiting Australia this month. He speaks to Peter Kohn Shakespeare has been translated into […]