Lifestyle features

We must do more to protect ourselves from this cancer in our genes

By Emma Kane, April 17, 2015

Angelina Jolie, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, wife and mother, announced last month that she had had her ovaries removed following her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2013; in doing so, she put ovarian cancer firmly on the news agenda.


Lansky unlocked my secret history

By Naomi Firsht, April 17, 2015

When jazz composer Roland Perrin discovered his parents had hidden his Jewish heritage from him, a journey to his roots resulted in a musical epiphany.

Roland and I meet at the café in Southwark Cathedral, not too far from the Southbank Centre, the venue for his latest composition about notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky.


The £130-a-minute simchah: Are we wedded to excess?

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

It should be the happiest day of your life - and will likely be the most expensive. Wedding planners say that the cost of a kosher celebration can comfortably exceed £50,000. Our £55,000 wedding quote works out at an eye-popping £130-a-minute for a seven hour event.


Why the view’s so good from south London

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

Wimbledon, Richmond and Catford are a long way down the list when it comes to Jewish areas of London. But perhaps it’s time for a rethink.


A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.


Mensch of the Year: Joint winners and top ten

By JCReporter, April 1, 2015


Meir Plancey

Camp Simcha co-founder

Described as "helping thousands of families in the darkest of days", Meir Plancey is one of the guiding lights behind the Camp Simcha charity, which supports children suffering life-threatening illnesses.


Interview: Gabby Bernstein

By Louise Scodie, March 26, 2015

Gabby Bernstein is exhausted. It's not only jetlag that's killing this blonde, skinny New Yorker during her trip to London: she's just given an intense two-hour talk to hundreds of devotees who have paid more than £100 for a ticket. The striking 35-year-old looks like a Jewish princess - ripped skinny jeans, straight hair and stilettos - yet is anything but.


The barren dating scene is a match made in hell

By Louise Scodie, March 19, 2015

The Jewish dating scene is in crisis. It's stagnant, outdated and, for many of the people stuck in it, it's utterly demoralising.


The perfect agony aunt? She makes chicken soup

By Hilary Freeman, March 12, 2015

You don't have to be Jewish to be an agony aunt, but it certainly helps. Look back over the media from the last century or so and you'll see that wherever there are people with personal problems asking for advice, there are Jewish women ready to dispense it.


Joining the canal crew misfits has seen my ansgt float away

By Joel Sanders, March 12, 2015

I live on a boat. I did not fall on hard times, I wanted to live on a boat. There must be other Jews living on the UK's canal system. It's just that I haven't met one yet. I live on a 60ft canal boat - not a Dutch barge or a yacht.