Lifestyle features

Interview: Arlene Phillips

By Lynne Franks, October 19, 2011

Lynne franks: You grew up in Manchester in what was quite a Jewish home, didn't you?

Arlene Phillips: We actually were a religious family. We were a huge extended family because my mother was one of 11 children. Her parents were immigrants - Polish, Russian. We were all very close and I had lots of cousins who were even more observant than we were.


The JC's New Year identity debate: Who do we think we are?

October 17, 2011

Baroness Julia Neuberger, senior rabbi of West London Synagogue and a cross-bench member of the House of Lords
● Playwright Amy Rosenthal
Ian Livingston, chief executive of the BT Group (formerly British Telecom)
Julia Hobsbawm, media businesswoman, writer, mother and stepmother


Interview: Stanley Kalms

By Michael Freedland, October 11, 2011

The last time a Chief Rabbi was appointed, Stanley Kalms was the kingmaker. Now, more than 20 years later, Lord Kalms of Edgware says he would not want the job again. Not that it is on offer, or that anyone is likely to fill the role he had in selecting the then Dr Jonathan Sacks for the position. Kalms now regards it as a worthless search for a pretty unimportant post.


The rare genetic disorder that means Chanochi can never eat

By Andrea Kon, October 7, 2011

Lying on his back, arms above his head, tumbled golden curls against his pillow, tiny Chanochi Pearl looks a gorgeous, healthy toddler. Until, that is, you notice the oxygen tubes in his nostrils, filling his damaged lungs, and the bottle of liquid by his cot plumbed to a plug in his tummy, pumping his body with essential nutrients.


Why victory at Cable Street really belonged to Mosley's fascists

By Daniel Tilles, October 6, 2011

The Battle of Cable Street, 75 years ago this week, has taken a proud place in Jewish collective memory, regarded as a decisive victory against Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists. Yet looking past the popular mythology, and at contemporary records instead, we find a very different picture.


She fights Parkinson's with poetry

By Anthea Gerrie, September 28, 2011

Many young women suffering from an incurable disease, leaving them debilitated and in excruciating pain, would allow their lives to be blighted with bitterness. But not Elaine Benton, who was diagnosed at five-years-old with Gaucher's disease, a genetic condition which disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jews.


Interview: Noreena Hertz

By Lynne Franks, September 27, 2011

Lynne Franks: I am interested in what being a Jewish woman feels like for you in today's society and how your upbringing as a young Jewish woman has affected your view of the world. Both your parents were Israelis weren't they?

Noreena Hertz: Yes. They were both born in… Well, it wasn't even Israel then.

LF: Palestine.


Interview: Daniel Taub

By Jenni Frazer, September 22, 2011

Israel's last ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor, was very fond of singing. His successor, Daniel Taub, has an equally creative side, albeit even more unexpected for a diplomat - he has written a soap opera.


Our hard Jewish lives - a snapshot from abroad

By Brian Davis, September 12, 2011

Recently 100 young people from around the world gathered at the New North London Synagogue and Warwick University, for Machol Europa, a series of courses and workshops organised by the Israeli Dance Institute. They took the opportunity to reveal what Jewish life is like in their countries.

Luciane Bleivis, aged 35, from Sao Paulo, Brazil


'At Ground Zero, it was as if I was looking into hell'

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, September 8, 2011

In my mind's eye 9/11 exists in monochrome - white and black - with the occasional red-orange glow. I still feel the granular particles in my eyes and nose.