Lifestyle features

Amy and me — the story of how I rejected her

By Grant Feller, June 3, 2015

Everyone seems to have an Amy Winehouse story. Not always a terribly inspiring one. As the release nears of Asif Kapadia’s controversial new documentary about her short life and painful death, friends are crawling out of the woodwork to speak of how they helped to protect her, family bask in their blood-association and critics are competing to say who first identified her genius.


Last of the New York matzahs

May 27, 2015

For the first time in 90 years, Streit's Matzos will not be operating in the company's factory on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The family sold the property, located in four tenement buildings on Rivington Street, earlier this month for almost $31 million.


We were the youngest survivors

By Sandy Rashty, May 26, 2015

They were three Jewish women carrying one big secret. Priska Lowenbeinova, Rachel Friedman and Anka Nathanova never met but they all shared one thing in common: they were pregnant when they were captured by the Nazis.


Hadley Freeman: My Dirty confession

By Hadley Freeman, May 21, 2015

I am a true child of the American ’80s, in the most literal sense — that is, I was literally a child in America throughout the ’80s, which means that I spent that entire decade wishing I was a teenager.


Is it a brave new genetic world or one to fear?

By Eyal Winter, May 18, 2015

Some years ago, I received a video of a class reunion that I could not attend. While watching it I was struck by the amazing extent to which personality traits had been preserved from childhood to adulthood. Those who had been introverted as children stood apart and alone at the reunion, looking a bit out of place in the socially intense event taking place around them.


Bringing humanity to the Holocaust

By David Robson, May 14, 2015

When the Israelites were liberated from Egypt after centuries of slavery, they presumably felt elated but it wasn't very long before the rumbling started and Moses was dealing with serious complaints and demands. The liberation from Belsen was, of course, even more miraculous.


VE Day and the Jews: Moment of mingled joy and grief

By Colin Shindler, May 8, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on May 8 1945, many British Jews said the shehechayanu blessing to give thanks that they had survived to see that day. It was Victory in Europe Day, which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany and the formal end of hostilities in Europe.


Interview: Emma Spitzer

By Victoria Prever, April 30, 2015

Few children enjoy home-baked cheesecake and baklava with their homework, but not many have a MasterChef finalist for their mother. When I arrive at Emma Spitzer's East Finchley home, it is 4pm and her daughters - aged nine, seven, four and two - are tucking in.


Amy would've liked my rebellious roles

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

Passover 2015 will not be remembered as a good one for jewellers in Hatton Garden. While they were off celebrating the festival, which coincided with Easter, thieves drilled their way into the street's main vault and stole £60 million worth of goods from 72 safe deposit boxes. It was the stuff of cinema and left the traders reeling.


Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.