Lifestyle features

Jewish talent multi-tasks at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

By Naomi Firsht, August 14, 2015

The theatre world has once more decamped to Scotland for perhaps the most important date in the industry's calendar: the Edinburgh Fringe. Among the circus acts, stand-up comedy, and musicals, this year sees a liberal sprinkling of Jewish talent and Jewish-themed performances.


What it’s really like to become Woody Allen

By Simon Schatzberger, August 14, 2015

Despite being far from the movie star aesthetic, I won the role of Adrian in the West End version of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ at the age of 16.

I moved to London, and fell into a life of shows at night, free time during the day. It was a bizarre and exciting new routine, feeling old before my years, and rather cosmopolitan.


She was a helpless victim for his charms. He was tall, rugged and powerful­ enough to make her swoon

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2015

Hadassah Benjamin could not explain the strong feelings she felt for this man. He had rescued her from certain death.

He had fed, clothed and employed her when no one else would. He seemed to show her, a Jewish orphan, the love, care and kindness that she had long craved.

This strong, powerful and high-ranking man appeared to be her saviour.

He just also happened to be a Nazi officer.


Could we be facing a charity debacle?

By Barry Frankfurt, August 13, 2015

The writing had been on the wall for Kids Company for some time. The shock at the "sudden" closure of the children's charity earlier this month is in many ways misplaced. If anything, it is a surprise it hung around for so long.


The last Nazi Hunters: An interview with France’s heroes

By Michael Freedland, August 12, 2015

It seemed not long ago that the shutters were about to come down on what was probably the world's strangest family business. A firm that could have been listed in trade directories as "Nazi hunters". But the doors are still open. In Paris today the Klarsfeld family, mother, father and son, are as active as ever.


Unbottling our secret genetic messages

By Bonnie Estridge, August 12, 2015

Recently, Angelina Jolie talked openly about the need to publicise tests for genetic mutations, otherwise known as faulty genes - in her personal case, those involving breast and ovarian cancers.


VJ Day anniversary: "In the jungle they called me the White Muslim"

By Rosa Doherty, August 12, 2015

Retired Solicitor Mordaunt Cohen will not be taking part in the weekend's VJ Day memorial services as it falls on Shabbat.

All his life, his Jewish identity has been important to him - which is why he decided, in 1940, to enlist via the Judean division of the St John Ambulance near his Sunderland home.


The courage of Jabotinisky

By Colin Shindler, August 6, 2015

'At this critical hour for mankind, let every Jew and Jewess utter a solemn vow that, come what may and whatever the trials in store, they will stand body and soul by Britain, giving all that they have, never despairing, determined that so far as they can achieve it, the crowning disaster of a desolate world under the heel of a cruel and remorseless master shall not be.''


I'll save the puppies says Jewish vet standing up to Parliament

By Bonnie Estridge, August 6, 2015

It's not often you are likely to find a Jewish vet standing up in Parliament to fight for a cause many know nothing about or choose to ignore. But Marc Abraham is no typical vet and the cause that he is campaigning for may be one that many would say is unimportant compared to human suffering.


MP attacks Miliband over abuse: Interview with Labour's John Mann

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2015

Ed Miliband failed his fellow Jewish MP Luciana Berger when she was targeted by neo-Nazi internet trolls, according to Parliament's leading campaigner against antisemitism.

Labour MP John Mann said the response of his former party leader to the attacks had been a "moral and ethical failure of profound implications".