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Revealed: the wartime school that saved lives

By Anthea Gerrie, August 11, 2011

When Eric Bourne's family fled Germany the year Hitler came to power, the nine-year-old never imagined he was about to embark on the happiest years of his life.

"I just remember an interview with this very large lady in a suburb of Berlin, and by October 1933 I was at school in Kent with 60 other Jewish children from Germany."


She sang the protest songs the last time Britain rioted

August 11, 2011

Pauline Black was 42 when she decided to track down her birth mother - and realised that she was Jewish. It had taken 38 years to make the discovery. Black first found fame as a pioneer of the 2-Tone ska movement of the 1980s. Her band, The Selecter, was one of the multi-racial groups to rise to prominance against the backdrop of the riots that swept the country in 1981.


Rabbi who beat the killer bees

By Jonny Newton, August 8, 2011

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, affectionately known as "The Travelling Rabbi", seems to recoil when he is asked if he ever dreams of being a conventional community leader. "No… I'm not a pulpit rabbi," he insists.


Daphni Leef: How a woman in a tent became Israel's top story

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

Until recently nobody had heard of Daphni Leef. Now, everybody in Israel knows the 25-year-old's face and her cause. Just a few weeks ago, Leef was waiting tables. Now, her schedule has become such that she cannot help keeping people waiting. This interview was meant to take place at 11am but did not start until 5pm.


The deli that became a film star

By Monica Porter, July 28, 2011

Manhattan used to rejoice in two landmark Jewish-owned restaurants. Elaine's - the haunt of film stars, rock stars and writers - closed down last May following the death of its owner, Elaine Kaufman. That left Katz's Delicatessen as the most haimishe place to eat in the most Jewish city on the planet.

Katz's is the home of the world's most celebrated pastrami sandwich.


Laura Janner-Klausner: Why I'm not the Reform rival to the Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

Diehard atheists may bristle at the mention of it, but Radio 4's Thought for Day remains a hallowed institution, a prized pulpit for religious broadcasting. There are currently three rabbis on its roster: that doyen of rabbinical broadcasters Lionel Blue, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and the newest recruit, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.


'Mummy, what was the Holocaust?'

By Lianne Kolirin, July 21, 2011

Every parent dreads the birds and the bees chat. I hardly relish the prospect, but for me, the thought of another conversation is far more daunting.


When the 'pogrom of the valleys' erupted in Wales

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 21, 2011

In 1966, while researching the background to Britain's first-ever national railway strike (August 1911), I came across a minute written by Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary in Asquith's Liberal government. That year was a bad one for industrial disputes and for public order. Churchill had a penchant for ordering the army to succeed where he judged the police had failed.


He's cycled the world

By Dan Goldberg, July 14, 2011

British cyclist Vin Cox is the current Guinness world record holder for circumnavigating the globe by bicycle in just 163 days.


It's an all-Jewish town, but no, it's not in Israel

By Kevin Gould, July 14, 2011

The mountains are iced with white snow and there is soft blossom on the nut trees. Broad, grey and bouldered, the Gudialcay river rushes east towards the Caspian Sea; a few miles north is the border with Dagestan. This is Azerbaijan, where a hot morning sun glares off the riverside mosque's tin roof. The ancient town of Guba is known for its carpets and its walnut halva.