Lifestyle features

Interview: Liz Taylor - the party planner who loves a challenge

July 9, 2015

By any standard, the phone call came pretty much out of left field. Would it be possible to organise a star-studded charity dinner hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, in, er, three weeks' time?


The (Jewish) wedding season survival guide

By Louise Scodie, July 5, 2015

Get your hora dancing shoes on - it's the wedding season! Come rain shine or heat-wave, the summer months see more Jewish weddings than usual. It must be because we're such outdoorsy people. Jewish weddings place a special set of demands on guests. Below, some of the community's experts share their nous in our special Jewish wedding survival guide.


Bournemouth hotel, the Green Park, to star in documentary recalling its glory days

By Barry Toberman, July 2, 2015

Where thoughts of summer holidays now turn towards Israel, the Caribbean and America, it was once the height of exotica for British Jews to contemplate a week away in Bournemouth. Because, for a considerable post-war period, the seaside town's kosher hotels were the vacation venues of choice for Jews across the social spectrum.


"Goodbye my darling". Rosie Choueka's husband continues her blog

July 1, 2015

Following the death of cancer blogger Rosie Choueka last month, and her final farewell blog post that caught the hearts of many and went viral, her husband Elliot has decided to continue her blog. Here is his first post.


Why a 'classic' education is a lifetime bond

June 28, 2015

There has been much talk about the importance of musical education. The facts are unarguable: the benefits to a child's mind of classical music have been proven time and again - hence the "Mozart Effect" and other such initiatives. But perhaps the emotional and social benefits of involvement with music have been discussed less than the intellectual ones; and they are at least equally important.


We give so little, these people gain so much

By Lianne Kolirin, June 25, 2015

Imagine having dinner with a troubled teenager you've never met. That teenager is homeless and the meal is at your dining table, after which he or she turns in for the night – in your spare room. Unlikely? Not for one Jewish family in north London.


Dating over 30: My essential rules for happy ever after

By Suzie Parkus, June 25, 2015

Is the social scene for Jewish singletons aged over 30 fractured beyond repair? As a UK-based dating coach, I was challenged this week to research the above question. "Great!" I thought, "this is an opportunity to really delve into the Jewish community, to find out what people feel is the reality, and to provide a communal perspective, not just my own."


In awe of a precious Hebrew collection

By David Robson, June 25, 2015

Tickets for this event have now sold out.


Labour's Jewish 'problem'

By Daniel Elton, June 21, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about Tony Blair recently, not just because I'm a Labour member. I have been thinking about him with my Labour hat on, but also with my Jewish heart.


He was just as happy as he was Moody

By Michael Freedland, June 20, 2015

There have always been showbusiness "greats" who effectively made love to their audiences - men and women who, to use an overworked phrase, earn millions and then forget who got them to the top. Ron Moody was different. He remembered - and the people who paid to see his work remembered, too. That was their way of making love to him.