Lifestyle features

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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Not tough or dedicated enough — why we are failing at sport

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

Jessica Ennis, Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and Rebecca Adlington are leading Team GB in their quest for Olympic gold.

But where, you might ask, are the young British Jewish sports stars? Among those household names competing in the Olympics, and in other sports for that matter, it is hard to identify a single Jewish performer of note.

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The girl who beat Israel's bus bullies

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2012

For 15-year-old Ariella Marsden, a £2,000 windfall earlier this month was a great result — but not because of the money.The teenager, who lives in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, was awarded the money as compensation after a bus driver demanded that she and two friends move seats to make way for Charedi men.

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The women who say strictly no to Chasidism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

"Everybody's read it," the woman says in a confiding tone. "We're all talking about it. Of course, much of it is made up."

Talking to this member of one of New York's strictly Orthodox communities, it becomes clear that her view of Deborah Feldman's tell-all memoir about Satmar Chasids is not positive.

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Gino Bartali: the Tour de France hero who defied Mussolini

By Simon Round, July 5, 2012

There are plenty of sporting heroes — people who have scored vital last-minute goals, run world records or taken a hatful of wickets. However, Italian cyclist Gino Bartali truly deserves the accolade.

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Lenin's legacy - why Jews have been betrayed by the radical Left

By Winston Pickett, June 29, 2012

There are a few biographical details about Professor Robert Wistrich that people tend to overlook when evaluating the work of someone who is arguably the world’s foremost authority on antisemitism.

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He won millions at poker. So why does he cry so much?

By Simon Round, June 28, 2012

Before he reached 19, Andrew Feldman was forced to accept that he was addicted to gambling. On his 18th birthday, he started playing on an online poker site and soon he was making in a day what he earned in a year doing his paper round. The winnings mounted up. Within nine months he had made £100,000. Then one crazy night he lost all of it. He found he was simply unable to stop playing.

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A crying child is worth 20 points in my new in-shul spotting game

By NW Jew, June 21, 2012

In a vain attempt to maintain his normally even temper, my father would begin a long drive in our Rover 75, or indeed any tedious activity likely to last more than two hours, by presenting each of his children with an I-Spy book. Readers who grew up in 1960s Britain will recall I-Spy books.

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Family discovers Jewish roots in BBC's Turn Back Time show

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2012

Ian Golding has never really liked asking questions about his family history. He just was not interested.

“My dad tried many times to tell me about it, but like a lot of people from my generation I could never be bothered to listen,” admits Ian, who felt that “from somewhere in Poland” was all he needed to know about his roots.

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