Lifestyle features

'We'll spend the rest of our lives dealing with Yoni Jesner's death'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 18, 2012

Marsha Gladstone has welcomed 13 new grandchildren into her life since September 19 2002, among them a boy called Yoni and another called Yonatan.

Her only wish is that their namesake, her son, could be alive to meet them.

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A Womans Work: My simchah is in crisis - get me a celebrity

By Keren David, September 13, 2012

This is it. New Year is upon me. I can deny it no longer. My son is barmitzvah this year and — assuming I get my act together — it is happening in January.

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Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.

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Britain is full of people fighting hatred. We are lucky to live here

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2012

Standing in the ruins of Bergen Belsen just two years after it was liberated, chatting to children who had lost their entire families to the Nazis and survived unthinkable horrors, Greville Janner could hardly have predicted just how much the experience would shape his future.

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The couple defying Munich’s Nazi legacy with meatballs and dumplings

By Monica Porter, September 6, 2012

Of all the cities in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor might choose to open a restaurant, a mere 15 years after the end of the Second World War, Munich, birthplace of the Nazi movement, would be the least appealing option. At least, you would think so.

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Itzhak Perlman’s chicken soup for the ear

By Jenni Frazer, August 30, 2012

One event we are guaranteed not to see: the families of superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman and that of the equally starry cantor, Yitzchak Helfgot, on stage together.

For despite the free-flowing musicality that runs through both families — four of Perlman’s five children are professional musicians — neither man seems disposed to have their children follow directly in their footsteps.

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Rob Reiner: At last, I’m having what she’s having

By Nicki Gostin, August 30, 2012

Rob Reiner has been thinking about death lately. The director, who has been responsible for some of Hollywood’s most popular films over his career, turned 65 this year and ageing is on his mind.

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How youth groups are meeting the challenge of tough times

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2012

The photos have been taken, the memories made. The bags are now strewn across the floor. Voices have been lost, friendships formed. There have been tears and thrills, smiles and sing-songs, even a smidgen of Jewish education. The holidays are coming to an end for another year, and with them the summer camps and tours that have become a staple of the Anglo-Jewish calendar.

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Hugs, happiness and a host of golden Olympic volunteer memories

By Jennifer Lipman and Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Miranda Salter, aged 49, from Hendon, was a performer at the opening and closing ceremonies
"Danny Boyle signed my drumsticks. He gave a speech before the opening ceremony. He said: “In 10 minutes we are going live to the world”. Then he came to speak to some of the performers. I asked for an autograph, and the drumsticks were the only thing I had for him to sign.

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The curious case of the professor of shmooze

By Gerald Jacobs, August 14, 2012

I remember my father once telling me about an occasion when he ran into somebody with whom he had been at school several decades earlier. This man had done very well in business, as he explained to my father before asking him what he did. “I’m a photographer,” my dad replied.

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