Arts features

Revealed: the last intimate moments of Marilyn Monroe

By Melanie Abrams, September 6, 2012

Marilyn Monroe bonded with photographer Lawrence Schiller on the set of Let’s Make Love, during his three-day shoot for Look magazine in 1960. Their close connection was sealed two years later on the set of her last, unfinished film, Something’s Gotta Give, when she discovered he was Jewish.


Yefim Bronfman, an Olympian of the piano

By Jessica Duchen, August 23, 2012

Yefim Bronfman is a heavyweight virtuoso: a force of nature, whose fame has spread beyond musical circles. He even makes an appearance in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain, with the author describing him as “Bronfman the Brontosaur” and “Mr Fortissimo”.


A genius, but funny with it — the way Marvin Hamlisch was

By John Nathan, August 16, 2012

There is a vague and unscientific theory that attempts to explain why some new melodies are instant hits while others miss by a mile. It is unscientific and vague because the theory is mine.


Roxy, the Jewish mother from EastEnders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

It's EastEnders' traitorous party girl, Roxy Mitchell, as you've never seen her before.

Actress Rita Simons is one of four Jewish working mothers whose dual lives are captured in a new photography exhibition.


Why celebrities are flocking to Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, August 9, 2012

It is not that often that the Western Wall is the focus of attention for celebrity magazines. But it was recently when actor David Arquette was in Israel and, upon visiting the Wall, decided to have the barmitzvah that he never had as a youngster, and to have it there.


Why I won’t be having surgery to make my ‘Jewish’ nose smaller

By Katie Grant, August 9, 2012

From a young age I was conscious that my unconventional looks distinguished me from the other children in my class, but I was content with the differences I noticed in my appearance.


A woman's work: Parenthood — angst, anguish and scotch eggs

By Keren David, August 9, 2012

Being a Jewish parent throws up various dilemmas. It’s by no means as easy as just whether to go meat or milk on the barmitzvah canapes.


Shmuley Boteach: ‘Gay relationships are no worse than smoking’

By Simon Round, August 9, 2012

Shmuley Boteach has never been what you might call shy. The man, whom others have described as a shameless self-publicist, would characterise himself slightly differently, as a shameless publicist for Jewish values — if he happens to become famous himself in the process, this merely means he is doing that job properly.


My Olympic moment - at the Edinburgh Festival

By Daniel Cainer, August 2, 2012

I am enthusiastically ushered onto the “Javelin Train” at St Pancras and I’m not even asked for a ticket. I marvel at the friendliness and efficiency of this part of the Olympic journey. A mere five minutes in a tunnel and I’m cast out into the dazzling Olympic light, heading for the bright Olympic Park, shining in the distance like an Olympic Disneyland.


The Olympic orchestra born on YouTube

By Jessica Duchen, July 19, 2012

The Aldeburgh Festival, based in Benjamin Britten’s home town on the Suffolk coast, is an annual highlight of the UK’s classical music calendar. Less attention, though, is generally focused on the year-round activities that take place at its Snape Maltings concert hall and the surrounding complex of studios.