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Jew You Love Me? - Israel tour

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On November 2018 we were invited to perform Jew You Love Me? in The International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. We were also extremely lucky to be one of only a few shows to have more than one performance, making this a really incredible opportunity to give Israeli audiences a refreshing take on contemporary issues that are relevant to the modern Jewish cultural debate.

The International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is a celebration of theatre, music, dance and more held at the Beit Mazia performing arts centre in the heart of Israel, Jerusalem. International companies from around the world, as well as the very best Israeli artists, are brought together for six days to showcase work from across the Jewish spectrum.

About the show 

Jew You Love Me? is an original new musical about love, sexuality, and self discovery. It is a lighthearted comedy conceived by the JEWish Cabaret, following their successful productions of Purim – Uncut! in 2017 & early 2018.

With a refreshingly new take on the challenges of relationships, romance, and religion, Jew You Love Me? received great reviews at its debut run at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in July 2018, and is sure to touch Israeli audiences as we take it on tour in Israel.

The musical tells the story of Gabi - a Jewish girl who ends up finding love in an unexpected partner, Ethan and Alon - a gay couple struggling with the concept of monogamy and hetero-normative love, and Bracha - a religious woman who’s too afraid to explore her sexuality. 

There is no cliché boy-meets-girl fairy tale here. The JEWish Cabaret gives you the unfiltered story of 21st century love. Complex. Messy. Imperfect. Sexual. Vulnerable. Beautiful.

Crowdfunding campaign

Putting on a full-scale musical over 3,000 miles away is no mean feat, especially with a cast of 9, a director, producer and musical director. The only way we were able to make this incredible opportunity a reality is by raising £7,000, and we reached out to friends, family and supporters of The JEWish Cabaret to help us reach our target.


Thanks to the amazing support we've received both in Israel and from within the UK we managed to raise the money and make this dream come true!

The money we raise was used to pay for:
flights to and from Israel, travel, accommodation and food during the festival, recording of a cast album, costume, props, set, sound and lighting.

Why was this important to us?

We see our participation in the festival as a great opportunity for several reasons:

Both David and Shar, the co-founders of The JEWish Cabaret and the writers of the musical, have strong ties to Jerusalem and are invested in its cultural future. David grew up in the city and Shar spent over ten years there studying and volunteering following his army service. They see their participation in the festival as an opportunity to give back to Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the topic of dealing with one’s sexual identity in light of what an Orthodox Jewish family may dictate to us, is a subject that is close to our hearts and that we have experienced either first-hand or through close friends. This conflict of religion and sexual-identity is an integral motif in the musical, and is an issue that is extremely relevant in Israel.

On a professional level, we believe that creating ties between the Musical Theatre scenes in the United Kingdom and Israel could have a tremendous positive effect and provides a fantastic platform for future cooperation. Our visit was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and share our creative process with contemporaries in Israel.


The Trailer


Check out the official trailer for ‘Jew You Love Me? - A New Musical’ following our sold out run at the Lion and Unicorn last month!
Our cast and crew are working hard at making the show even better, and we should be able to release even more exciting news about where we are performing next shortly.
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We dedicated the song "God is Love" to the Jerusalem Equality March, and to all the Rabbis who have forgotten their obligation to love others as themselves. 


The song describes the inner turmoil of Bracha, a young Orthodox woman facing the all too known supposed contradiction between her love of God and her love of women.

From the reviews

LONDON PUB THEATRES (Sepy Baghaei)  “a little musical with a big heart” 

"It is clear that Djemal and Shamai understand the ingredients of a successful musical. There is tension in each of the three major threads, broken up by a number of strong comedic interludes’. 

Building on the music, there was an overall sense of joy, celebration and positivity throughout which was lovely to see.

Overall, The Jewish Cabaret have pulled off something quite special. Jew You Love Me? simultaneously delves into what it can mean to look for love as a member of the British-Jewish community, while presenting narratives that can also be related to by audience members of non-Jewish backgrounds."

The full review: (Michael Davis)

"Jew You Love Me? has the distinction of not only being a British musical, it focuses on the seldom explored subject of being Jewish in the UK – as part of society as a whole and within their own community. Set within Golders Green in north London, the fictitious nexus of this neighbourhood is a café called ‘Desire’." 

The full review: (Chris Omaweng)

"Religious traditions are brought into question in Jew You Love Me?, a musical that ultimately sends out a message that ... Love expresses itself in many different ways, and various forms of sexual orientations and consented relationships all have their place in the modern world, and should be celebrated. 
Because of the convincing plotlines, the show overall leaves its audiences with a mixture of feelings. This is not a straightforward comedy. It is more of a multi-layered tale of lust, love and loss... there is still much to be taken away from a compelling and accessible production that refreshingly departs from ‘A meets B and they live happily ever after in perpetual bliss’."

The full review:

Life in the cheap seats - Webcowgirl's London Theatre Reviews

"And LOOK, here I was in London in 2018, and the community that I am not a part of but which lives side by side with me is doing their own theater, theater that represents THEM, and I am having this opportunity to get to learn about another culture and other values and, look at Bracha, the same conflicts and heartaches that have been going on for centuries when you want to fit in, you want to do right, but you just can’t seem to live up to what is expected of you."

The full review:



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