At last night’s Tony Awards, British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best performance by an actress in a play with her Broadway debut in "A Raisin in the Sun." Okonedo is Jewish, the daughter of an Ashkenazi British woman and a Nigerian civil servant who abandoned the family when she was 5.
There was once a talmudic student in Europe who was brilliant scholar, as well as a fervent believer. He practiced religious rules scrupulously, and was moved by a godly spirit too. But when he said that God may not have actually given the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai some 4,000 years ago, his colleagues were outraged. "Blasphemy!" they implored, and cast him out of their sight.
From a Booker Prize-winning novel to a hit film to hip JCC programming,
a new Jewish confidence alongside increased anti-Semitism.
Special To The Jewish Week
‘Things are beginning to be vibrant — there is a new, unapologetic and unashamed generation, less worried about what will happen if the British notice there are Jews living here,” said British Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson, the 2010 winner of Britain’s most important literary prize, the Man Booker Prize, for his novel “The Finkler Question.”
Hats off to Howard Jacobson, often dubbed "the British Philip Roth," who was long-listed yesterday for the Man Booker Prize in Fiction. While his book, "The Finkler Question," a comic novel about three single Jewish intellectuals, has not been released in the States yet, it's already made a big splash in the UK. It's reception is worth noting too, in light of the recent uptick in concern over British anti-Semitism.