Lifestyle features

Why is our community so unwelcoming?

By Hilary Freeman, October 5, 2016

Q My husband and I recently re-joined our local synagogue. Although we'd been attending weekly until then, the rabbi, assistant rabbi and lay leaders are completely unwelcoming. You barely get a "Hello" or "Shabbat Shalom" from them.


A very Jewish star act

By Jessica Weinstein, September 29, 2016

"It's a very reflective new year for me. I don't find the Gregorian New Year as spiritually fulfilling as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I feel like my brain is really geared towards a Jewish calendar."


How our lives were changed at Yom Tov

September 29, 2016

I met my husband at Rosh Hashanah
Laura Blaskett, Atlanta

I was only a few weeks into my new job, for youth movement Young Judea. I'd moved from London to Boston, Massachusetts, so I was a long way from home.

My friend Alisa invited me to her parents' house for Rosh Hashanah.


Anshel Pfeffer on Shimon Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

In any biography of Shimon Peres's life, the opening chapters alone would describe more landmark achievements than most successful politicians' entire careers.


Peres the husband: Private angst amid joy

By Nathan Jeffay, September 29, 2016

Shimon Peres was the man who could never stop serving his country. And while this inspired Israel, it drove a wedge between him and his late wife Sonia. They had got together as teenagers and attended youth movement camps as a couple but she was never fully reconciled to his transformation into a public figure.


Peres the Anglophile: A friend of Britain

By James Vaughan, September 28, 2016

In an interview with Benny Morris in 2010, Shimon Peres expressed the belief that "In England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab…and anti-Israeli, in the establishment…. They always worked against us."


Opening minds in Jerusalem

By Anthea Gerrie, September 22, 2016

One moment we're donning Virtual Reality headsets and experiencing what it feels like to go blind, the next applauding a Palestinian professor who recounts why he felt compelled to take his students to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the cost of his livelihood.


'The most important word in the Middle East is nuance'

By Michael Goldfarb, September 22, 2016

Alan Dershowitz, one of America's most prominent Jews, is a man who breaks bread with presidents and occasionally teaches them.


Loving the fruits of my labour saving gadget

By Susan Reuben, September 22, 2016

My kitchen is full of specialised fruit-and-vegetable preparation equipment. It's a bit of a personal obsession. And when I say "specialised", I really mean it - I'm talking about items that are intended only for one particular type of fruit or vegetable.


Lost teenagers return home, through Israel

By Raizel Druxman , September 21, 2016

Overcoming the angst of being a teenager (or parenting one) is not easy. When teens are struggling with emotional or behavioural issues, it becomes a greater challenge, especially in a world that is quick to diagnose and medicate. And if issues go unnoticed or, worse, are swept under the rug, a teen will more likely turn to other, less safe avenues for support or escape.