Festival of Jewish humour

Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival creative director Justine Sless at East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. Photo: Peter Haskin
For comedian Justine Sless, creating the inaugural Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival which opens on October 10 has been a labour of love for the past 18 months.
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Anthony Warlow will star as Tevye in a new production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof is back!

The hit musical Fiddler on the Roof is returning to the stage in Melbourne and Sydney with acclaimed Australian performer Anthony Warlow in the role of Tevye the milkman.

Singer-songwriter Lior celebrates the 10th anniversary of his debut album with a national tour in October.

Lior turns back the clock

Ten years ago Lior burst onto the music charts with a self-funded debut album. Now he r celebrates the important career milestone with a national tour.

Israeli singer Tula performs at the Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival in Melbourne. Photo: Peter Haskin

Musical treat at Shir Madness

The sound of traditional and contemporary Jewish music reverberated through Elsternwick as local and overseas stars performed for music fans celebrating Melbourne’s inaugural Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival.

Author Jennifer Teege enthrals the audience at the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival. Photo: Noel Kessel

Writers shine at festival

The Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival attracted an impressive line-up of international writers and Australian authors at panel discussions and lectures for the event held at Bondi Junction.

Cousins Daphne (Maria Angelico) and Jonah (Matt Whitty) in Bad Jews. Photo: Jeff Busby

Drama and humour in Bad Jews

The stage production Bad Jews has sparked controversy over its title, but the play by New York playwright Joshua Harmon is a thought-provoking look at important issues. Read our review.

Author Leah Kaminsky

Israeli setting for debut novel

It has taken author Leah Kaminsky 10 years to complete her debut novel, The Waiting Room, which is set mostly in Israel, mainly in Haifa, during the Second Intifada.

Arthur Feinsod in Sydney.

Honouring Jan Karski’s legacy

A play by American Arthur Feinsod, staged in Sydney recently, pays tribute to Jan Karski, recognised as Righteous Among the Nations for his efforts during World War II to help the Jews.

Morris Gleitzman has drawn on the Holocaust for his recent series of children’s books. Photo: Greg Beyer

New chapter in Holocaust saga

Bestselling Australian author Morris Gleitzman has written almost 40 books, including a series about a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied Poland. The latest book in this remarkable children's series was released recently.

Israeli television director and writer Gideon Raff.

Writers in the spotlight

Leading overseas writers will join a strong line-up of local authors at this year’s Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, being held later this month to celebrate the richness and diversity of Jewish writing.