Lifestyle features

Why the view’s so good from south London

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

Wimbledon, Richmond and Catford are a long way down the list when it comes to Jewish areas of London. But perhaps it’s time for a rethink.


A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.


Mensch of the Year: Joint winners and top ten

By JCReporter, April 1, 2015


Meir Plancey

Camp Simcha co-founder

Described as "helping thousands of families in the darkest of days", Meir Plancey is one of the guiding lights behind the Camp Simcha charity, which supports children suffering life-threatening illnesses.


Interview: Gabby Bernstein

By Louise Scodie, March 26, 2015

Gabby Bernstein is exhausted. It's not only jetlag that's killing this blonde, skinny New Yorker during her trip to London: she's just given an intense two-hour talk to hundreds of devotees who have paid more than £100 for a ticket. The striking 35-year-old looks like a Jewish princess - ripped skinny jeans, straight hair and stilettos - yet is anything but.


The barren dating scene is a match made in hell

By Louise Scodie, March 19, 2015

The Jewish dating scene is in crisis. It's stagnant, outdated and, for many of the people stuck in it, it's utterly demoralising.


The perfect agony aunt? She makes chicken soup

By Hilary Freeman, March 12, 2015

You don't have to be Jewish to be an agony aunt, but it certainly helps. Look back over the media from the last century or so and you'll see that wherever there are people with personal problems asking for advice, there are Jewish women ready to dispense it.


Joining the canal crew misfits has seen my ansgt float away

By Joel Sanders, March 12, 2015

I live on a boat. I did not fall on hard times, I wanted to live on a boat. There must be other Jews living on the UK's canal system. It's just that I haven't met one yet. I live on a 60ft canal boat - not a Dutch barge or a yacht.


Larry David - the man I wish I was

By Stephen Pollard, March 12, 2015

I’m hoping that if I say Palestinian Chicken to you, it prompts thoughts not of sumac, za’atar and lemon but of the best 30 minutes of comedy ever. And if I say Ski Lift, it’s not Klosters or Verbier that spring to mind but Larry David pretending to be an Orthodox Jew.


Interview: Jill Shaw Ruddock

By Grant Feller, March 5, 2015

If the unstoppable human whirlwind that is Jill Shaw Ruddock gets her way – and one suspects that this is not an altogether rare occurrence – Britain's rabbis had better watch out. ''There are disused parts of synagogues, as well as churches, town halls, you name it, all over the country that need a purpose.


What makes the EDL’s former leader, who says he is a friend of the Jews, tick?

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

What do you really know about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League who claims that he is an advocate of the Jews and Israel?