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.
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.
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."
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.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's film Jaws. You may be very familiar with the film but did you know that Jaws can be read as Jewish? For example, why is the film even called "Jaws" in the first place? It is because the title is only one syllable away from the word 'Jews'.
The final blog post of a young Jewish mother from north-west London, who died from cancer this week, has gone viral. Rosie Choueka, a lawyer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, and wrote a blog about her experience called Fighting Genghis. Here is her final post:
At the recent French International TV Festival Series Mania, yet another Israeli TV series drew a lot of attention. This time it was False Flag ("Kfulim" in Hebrew), a new spy thriller that will debut in Israel next October, that won the Public Prize.