Lifestyle features

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.


Why are all eyes on this woman? It may just surprise you...

By Jessica Weinstein, August 18, 2015


These incredible works of art are in fact created out of eyeshadow by make-up artist Tal Peleg.

Miss Peleg, 29, from Israel, has been painting these mini masterpieces onto eyelids as part of a project she calls “window to the soul”.


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.