Lifestyle features

Martin Lewis: What the money mensch did next

By Richard Burton, September 17, 2015

Martin Lewis is about to become a grandfather. Or an uncle. He can't be sure which. But that's families for you. Virtual ones anyway.

What he does know for sure is his relationship with the financial powerhouse he gave life to in 2003 is about to change - again.


Jay Rayner: the novel that took me by surprise

By Jay Rayner, September 10, 2015

Almost 20 years ago, my then literary agent asked me a simple question. What, he said, did I want to write about? A previous novel of mine had failed to find a publisher, and I needed to get back to work. ''I want to write about Jews in Britain,'' I replied, spontaneously. ''But not the intellectual kind.''


My memories of kosher Soho and the Jewish wave of the 1920s

By Anthea Gerrie, September 10, 2015

Westminster Council is advertising for new traders for Berwick Street market, a hub of Jewish life for two decades either side of the war and a landmark in London trading for 200 years. News of this revitalisation has been greeted with derision by the street's remaining veteran Jewish trader, but for me it merely provoked nostalgia.


Revealed: the truth about the ‘Jewish’ Hollywood

By Michael Freedland, September 5, 2015

Hollywood is the town of legends. And, unusually for anything to do with legends, they are mostly true. But not always. The almost-true one about the few square miles known as Tinseltown is that, like it or not, for the best part of three quarters of a century it was a place controlled by Jews.


Hessel Street: Images from a vanished past

By David Robson, September 3, 2015

There will be many readers who remember Hessel Street and its market in the heart of London's Jewish East End and many more who have heard tales of it from parents and grandparents.


Exploring the libel that is written in blood

By Abigail Morris, September 3, 2015

We are currently in the exciting final stages of preparation for our autumn exhibition at the Jewish Museum, and there is an uneasy sense that the history we are telling is still echoing around us.


Having a shvitz: Working up a nostalgic head of steam

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

Growing up in Essex, playwright and performer Nick Cassenbaum was fascinated by his grandfather's stories of the East End steam baths, where he and friends carried on the tradition of the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 19th century, for whom the baths were a place to meet, steam and eat - in that order.


Our Roman voyage of rediscovery and Jewish identity

By Livia Albeck-Ripka, August 24, 2015

In a climate of increasing antisemitism in Europe, Rome's young Jews are redefining their identity through get-togethers, treasure hunts and bike rides around the ancient city.


A Writer's Journey: Interview with Frederic Raphael

By David Herman, August 20, 2015

When Frederic Raphael applied to Cambridge, he wrote at the top of the first page of his essay, "art is one of the four things that unite men" (Turgenev). "I didn't know anything about Turgenev," he confessed years later. "I didn't know what the other three things that united men were. One of them, you can depend on it, is antisemitism."


The cricketing top scorer from Sky who has never been stumped

By Simon Rocker, August 20, 2015

When Australia were skittled out for 60 on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test in Nottingham a fortnight ago, the records fell as fast as Aussie wickets. But the commentators in the Sky Sports team trying to keep up knew they could rely on a trusted source for their facts and figures: statistician Benedict Bermange.