Special reports

Big projects need younger donors

By Barry Toberman, August 25, 2016

Financial problems have not deterred charities from embarking on ambitious projects.


Brum role depends on recruitment policy

By Barry Toberman, June 1, 2016

There is not a space to be had in the car park of Birmingham's main Orthodox synagogue, Singers Hill. But the vehicles are not those of shul-goers. They belong to commercial parkers, taking advantage of the city centre location.


Bournemouth: A calm exterior but fears over an ageing populace

By Barry Toberman, April 14, 2016

If subscribing to the adage that age is relative, Bournemouth is your poster community. Jewish leaders talk of 75 as "not old" and the local representative council chairman describes himself as "just a baby" at 51.


Health Insights Series: Eye deterioration - the five main causes

By Alan Mushin, December 3, 2015

Our eyes and vision can develop problems as we get older. Here are five of the most common causes.


● This is a clouding of the lens which some people develop in their 40s and others not till their 90s.

If you are told at a routine sight test that you have signs of cataracts, don't worry - it may take years before they reach the stage where surgery is needed.


Health Insights Series: Why joint exercise is a great way to keep arthritis at bay

By Dr Huw Beynon, November 26, 2015

It was the American comedian George Burns who said: "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

As a rheumatologist, I would agree: it is not necessarily your chronological age, but your biological age that matters.


Health Insights Series: Cure hope for Parkinson's sufferers

By Professor Tony Schapira and Dr Stephen Mullin, November 12, 2015

The treatment and understanding of Parkinson's disease have evolved over the past 50 years. But the most important discovery - a drug that slows or stops the progress of the condition, with its symptoms of tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement - has remained elusive.


Health Insights Series: It's time we did more to combat strokes, a disease that kills the brain

By Professor Tony Rudd, October 14, 2015

The term "stroke" is far too gentle a word to describe what can be a devastating disease that kills or maims the patient and can ruin the lives of the carers.

It is also not a term that everyone understands, with surveys still showing that many members of the public confuse stroke with heart attack.


On tour with Birthright: Twentysomethings enjoying their belated Israeli voyage of discovery

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

For 25 of the group of 34 twenty-somethings setting off from Luton airport to Ben Gurion, a first experience of Israel awaits.


Health Insights Series: We have a diabetes epidemic, but lifestyle changes can combat it

August 6, 2015

Many argue that diabetes is the public health crisis of our time and as the national clinical director for obesity and diabetes at NHS England, I am inclined to agree.


Living in a small community: Norfolk is proving broad in its appeal in Norwich

July 30, 2015

During his first two years in Norwich, Alan Joseph drove back to Edgware every fortnight so his son could continue his barmitzvah tuition. Five years on, his daughter is studying for her batmitzvah with the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community rabbi.