Lifestyle features

Sian Berry: Standing firm against faith schools

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2016

Siân Berry has very little chance of being elected London Mayor in May.

This week, the bookies rated the Green party candidate's chances at just 150-1, leaving her trailing behind Labour's Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith of the Conservatives, George Galloway of Respect and the Liberal Democrats' Caroline Pidgeon - but a margin above Ukip representative Peter Whittle.


Finding lipstick love the modern way

By Paul Lester, March 30, 2016

If you’re a gay Jewish woman trying to navigate the choppy waters of modern romance, you might need a dating site. Or a matchmaking service. Or both. Which might bring you to Pink Lobster Dating — “For Women Who Like Women”.


She's rude, lewd and wants you to rethink Israel

By Josh Jackman, March 25, 2016

Aviva Zimmerman, a graduate film student at Tel Aviv University, has created a monster - on purpose.

Her screen persona, Avi, presents YouTube comedy series Avi Does The Holy Land, which brutally satirises North American Jews' enthusiasm for Israel.


Join the Passover party

March 24, 2016

Pesach, for British tourists to Israel, is traditionally spent in hotels along the Mediterranean coast and in Eilat.


We’re honoured to be the Jews of Iran

By Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, March 23, 2016

I am racking my brain trying to remember the veahavta and, while I struggle to perform, I wonder if the man in front can see my beating heart working its way up my throat. It's an absurd scene.

I am in Tehran, visiting the Jewish National Committee, on Palestine Street, and the man at the desk shows little emotion as his eyes wander between my ID and my flustered face.


Donald Trump is more than my boss, he is a patriarch

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

Michael Cohen doesn’t sleep much. As Donald Trump’s right-hand man, there’s no time to do so at the moment.

In his own words, as Trump’s Special Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation, he handles “everything” that personally affects the Republican candidate, who is currently the frontrunner for the US presidency.


The sinister labels of lazy journalists

By Grant Feller, March 17, 2016

This week, I discovered that Sir Trevor Chinn is Jewish. I'm being facetious, of course. Sir Trevor is a well-known member of the community, an enormously successful businessman and a generous benefactor to a number of important causes. He is often to be found within the pages of this newspaper so his Jewishness is not a surprise.


Families still grieving for the disappeared of Argentina

By Colin Shindler, March 17, 2016

"Like their fellow citizens, Argentina's more than half-a-million Jews have greeted the seizure of power by a military junta with a long sigh of relief. They hope that the long nightmare of the past three years or so under the Peronist administration has ended,"


Jew hate and today’s Left

By David Hirsh, March 17, 2016

Last summer, Jeremy Corbyn swept to power in the Labour Party — in spite of his political support for the anti-peace and antisemitic Hamas and Hezbollah. And it did him no damage when it emerged that he had leapt to the defence of Raed Salah, the blood libeller, and Steven Sizer, the 9/11 conspiracist.


Is my pet antipathy a Jewish thing?

By Laura Marcus, March 10, 2016

When I heard that the Queen treats her dogs as if they were themselves royalty, it made me ponder on this strange - to me - love the British have for their pets. It has often puzzled me since I grew up in a pet-free household and no one in our wider family had a pet. So I wrote a short blog about it for the Guardian recently saying I just don't get this pet love.