The opening words of today’s Sidra ‘Lech Lecha’ – meaning ‘Go forth’ signal our forefather Avram’s journey and the beginnings of Jewish history.
The Price of Admission – National Portrait Gallery Tour
Our guide at the National Portrait Gallery Tour entitled “The Price Of Admission” was Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, who is one of the leading experts on Anglo-Jewish cultural history. The tour was a real eye-opener.
The title dwelt on the “penalty” Jews paid to be accepted by British society; often renouncing their faith, and in some cases even converting to Christianity. Those early sacrifices are today scarcely relevant as we moved from gallery to gallery in a timeline from the 18th century to the present day, marvelling at the huge influence British Jews have had on industry, medicine and the performing arts.
Gallery 31 was of particular interest to me with its theme of Camden Town artists. A surprising number of Jewish artists – painters, photographers, sculptors and sitters are well represented!
I for one will be returning soon to explore Lindsey’s enlightening pointers in more detail.
Please make more of an effort to support the Shul’s cultural activities! All it takes is one phone call to bring a friend or other family members with you and you have doubled the attendance!