The best pick of Jewish events in London this week, by Sophie Eastaugh
Don’t miss out!
1. Why War? [divider]
6 Aug – 19 October. £7 adults / £4 conc. Freud Museum London, NW3 5SX
On the anniversary of the onset of World War One, this new exhibition revisits the little known correspondence between Einstein and Freud on the subject of war and the possibility of avoiding it.
As well as Sigmund Freud’s writings and specially-commissioned poetry, artworks produced by his great grand-daughter Jane McAdam Freud, the East London Printmakers and Gabrielle Rifkind explore the explore the psychological aspects of conflict in this timely exhibition.
2. See Rock City and Other Destinations [divider]
Friday 15 – Sat 30 August, 7:30pm & Sat/Sun matinees at 2:30pm. £16. Union Theatre, SE1 0EX
Jewish producers Ilai Szpiezak and Katy Lipson bring us this contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. With a score incorporating pop, rock and folk, each character’s story builds on the last to create a vivid travelogue of Americans learning to overcome their fears and expectations in order to reach their dreams.
3. Mind Sports Olympiad 2014
Various events across August 17 – 25. Prices vary, some free. JW3
Think board games are boring? Think again. JW3’s Mind Sports Olympiad is hosting over 60 competitions in a week, from classics like cribbage and scrabble to memory games, creativity challenges and brand new board games. Haven’t played Settlers of Catan yet? You should.
4. Family Day: Make a Cubist Collage
Sunday 17 August, 11am-1pm. Free. Ben Uri Gallery, NW8 0RH
Bring kids aged 5 and up to learn about Cubism through an exciting art trail and collage workshop, inspired by the gallery’s current exhibition of American-Jewish artist Max Weber.
5. Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter [divider]
Sunday 17 August, 8pm. £12/£10 conc. Upstairs at the Gatehouse, N6 4BD
A highly-praised new musical comedy by British writer and actress Emily Rose. Rachel Wiseman has always dreamed of becoming a Rabbi’s wife, but her friendship with a close female friend blossoms into something more. In this atypical Jewish story, will Rachel choose her heart or her dreams?
6. Summer Story [divider]
Mon 18 – 24 August, times vary. £12/£6 conc. JW3
Lauded by Time Out as ‘the most beautiful childhood film ever made in Israel’, Summer Story is a gentle coming-of-age story set in Israel against the backdrop of the Lebanon war. Thirteen-year-old Gal falls for Haya, a beautiful, reclusive 19 year-old who has a serious heart condition. But Haya is secretly yearning for the soldier in Lebanon who is writing her exquisite letters…
7. Obvious Child[divider]
Wednesday 25th June, 8pm. £12adv/£15otd. JW3
A special preview of a “wildly funny” standup show by emerging comedian Donna Stern (Vanity Fair). Everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for Donna’s hysterical and relatable brand of humour.
But when she winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, Donna is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Join her on a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.