Special reports

Living in a small commmunity: Chatham - The 800 mile commuter

By Naomi Firsht, July 30, 2015

It is not unusual for a small community to have a wide catchment area. But it is doubtful whether any can match the monthly 800 mile-plus round trip that Chatham Memorial Synagogue events co-ordinator Jo Freeman makes from Scotland to Kent to run the social events that follow the monthly Shabbat service.


Living in a small community: Reforming zeal pays dividends in Darlington

By Naomi Firsht, July 30, 2015

A switch from Orthodox to Reform and a chairperson with new ideas has brought fresh life to a dying north-eastern community.

Darlington Hebrew Congregation has been great-grandmother Bess Robertson's closest community since 1974. But she had shied away from involvement because her husband, Jimmy, was not Jewish (he has since converted).


Living in a small community: 'There is no need for a welcoming group - you are it'

By Barry Toberman, July 24, 2015

With the Anglo-Jewish population increasingly concentrated in north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs, it is easy to forget that Jewish life exists, and in some cases thrives, in small regional communities.


Living in a small community: How I helped to launch a Liberal community in York

By Naomi Firsht, July 24, 2015

When former Movement for Reform Judaism chief executive Ben Rich moved from London to York with his young family early in the summer of 2013, there was no organised Jewish life. Today the York congregation - the newest in the Liberal Judaism fold - is celebrating its first anniversary, attracts three dozen people to its monthly Shabbat service, and is searching for a full-time rabbi.


Dementia care is more advanced than ever before

July 23, 2015


Even if a loved one does not remember details of a conversation, they may remember how they felt when you walked in, or greeted them with a kiss


Health Insights series: We will bring answers from medical experts

By Simon Morris, July 23, 2015

Health information can be a daunting minefield. A diagnosis of any kind can be difficult to comprehend. It is natural human instinct to want to know more. But where do you start? Who do you trust? How do you find support through others who may be experiencing the same?


Getting physical to boost mental health

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.

In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.


It's time we talked about mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

It affects every single member of our community - if not directly, then someone they know. Chances are, we all have someone in our family and someone we work with who has experienced it.


Mum’s the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2015

“How can I get my son to eat more fruit?” “Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?” “Which Jewish schools are you applying for?” “Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?” “Which Jewish camps are the best?” “How much should I pay my cleaner?” “How much should I pay my nanny?”


Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.