Arts & Features

‘Maybe there is room for both of us?’

Jewish Israeli Noa Yammer and Palestinian citizen of Israel Shada Edress Mansour share their journeys to Hand in Hand, a network of schools for Jews and Arabs, during their recent visit to Australia for the New Israel Fund.

The real story behind The Spy

In The Spy, Jewish actor and filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen portrays the real-life Eli Cohen, a daring Israeli agent who embedded himself in the upper echelons of Syrian society in the 1960s and provided intelligence to the Jewish State. 

New-look arts festival with a wild side

WITH 135 artists performing at the inaugural Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) at the Melbourne Recital Centre last Sunday, the program offered plenty of variety. 

Isaac’s quest for identity

Join Isaac Adams as he embarks on a search to answer questions about his heritage and religion in Shalom’s annual play, The God of Isaac, opening at the Eternity Playhouse, Sophie Deutsch reports.

Punk Professor bound for Oz

For more than 40 years British journalist, musician, filmmaker and academic Vivien Goldman has been involved in the world of punk music. Known as the Punk Professor, she will be in Australia next week for FOJAM. Danny Gocs reports.

Rising to the FOJAM challenge

IT was just over 18 months ago when Lior Albeck-Ripka and Jesse Lubitz decided to take on the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM). Formerly known as Shir Madness, FOJAM will be taking it to a whole new level at the Melbourne Recital Centre on September 8, promising 135 artists on four stages over 12 hours. 

Dream West End debut for Piterman

MELBOURNE musical theatre star Josh Piterman is in London preparing to make his West End debut in the lead role of the hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, which has been running for the past 33 years and has been seen by millions of theatregoers.

Yidcore makes a comeback

YIDCORE, the Australian Jewish punk rock band established in Melbourne in 1998 which disbanded in 2009, is reuniting for a concert at the inaugural Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) to be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre next month.

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival set to return

AN attempt to confront real issues head-on is at the heart of this year's Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF).

Dreaming of a better life through education

After writing two Holocaust-themed novels, author Suzy Zail turned her attention to the plight of African girls fighting for the right to an education in her latest novel.