Lifestyle features

Believe me, women are every bit as good as men

By Annabel Karmel, October 16, 2015

Women are a match for any man. We can put our hand to anything, absolutely anything, with the right mix of passion, determination and self-belief.


'It's not cool to be a Jew in London, but in New York it is'

By Lee Levitt, October 15, 2015

As hundreds of comedians packed up their bags, and their gags, for another year and headed out of Edinburgh at the end of the Festival Fringe this summer, few were likely to have been thinking of Israel - but black, Jewish, runway model-turned- stand-up comedian, Michelle de Swarte was looking forward to a holiday in the holy land.


The Apprentice's Claude Littner: I’m not Sugar’s sweetie

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

He's no stranger to The Apprentice - the BBC programme has billed him as the fiercest interviewer in Britain - but now businessman Claude Littner has the chance for a little stardom, He has been upgraded from Lord Sugar's occasional adviser to his right-hand man.


Comedian Ashley Blaker: My unorthodox life in Little Britain

By Brigit Grant, October 14, 2015

When you picture a stand-up comedian, Ashley Blaker isn't the first person that comes to mind. Sure, he has a beard like a lot of laughter merchants on the circuit but, unlike them, he also has peyot and wears tzitit, rarely sighted at The Comedy Store.


Sir Norman Rosenthal: Don’t call me a collector

By Anthea Gerrie, October 8, 2015

Like a rock star, Norman Rosenthal sweeps into his favourite Soho café (which does not open until half an hour after he commands me to be there, leaving me standing on a chilly street), one and a quarter hours late for our interview. And, like a rock groupie, I wait patiently, unwilling to relinquish my grasp on this big beast that I've been stalking for three months.


Downton Abbey's Jewish châtelaine

By Doreen Berger, October 6, 2015

Highclere Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon, is an impressive country estate, situated in Hampshire about five miles south of Newbury in Berkshire. This stately edifice and its upper-class family is the inspiration for television's most addictive pleasure, Downton Abbey.


A million laughs? You must be joking!

By Josh Jackman, October 1, 2015

In the last year, YouTube comedy duo Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn have amassed 450,000 subscribers, 25 million views of their videos, and have fans stop them in the street.


Jewish film: Welcome to the mainstream...

By Michael Etherton, October 1, 2015

‘Well, I try to keep the Jewish stuff completely separate from my day-to-day work.” So said the mover and shaker at one of London’s most successful TV production companies and board stalwart of a local United synagogue to me as we sat facing each other in a stylish Soho café.


Family stories and a search for our Baltic roots

By Hester Abrams, September 24, 2015

For more than 20 years my husband and I have been interested in tracing our family stories. I have two surnames that I can confidently match to places; he can identify ancestors back to the 18th century. We always knew they came from Russia but were curious to find out more.


The extraordinary story of the Bangladesh Jews

By Shalva Weil, September 17, 2015

A piece on Jews in Bangladesh may raise some eyebrows. Bangladesh is officially a parliamentary democracy, but 90 per cent of the population is Muslim. There are no diplomatic relations with Israel, and Bangladesh has discouraged Jews from remaining there, wiping out remembrance of almost everything Jewish, including the synagogue.