Lifestyle features

Revealed: how to have a great memory

By Simon Round, March 8, 2012

Thanks to Joshua Foer I have several images floating around my head that I cannot get rid of. These include Claudia Schiffer swimming in a giant tub of cottage cheese, a man sitting on a toilet wearing only a snorkel and Paul Newman in my kitchen chopping elk sausages.


The lessons we've learned as teachers

By Simon Round, March 2, 2012

Susy Stone

Educated at Henrietta Barnet School in north London and graduated in French from London University. She taught at JFS and later became headteacher of Bell Lane Primary School in Hendon and the Akiva School in Finchley.


From rags to riches - and back? Overcoming the jobs crisis

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

If ever there was a time for the Jewish community to learn from its history, it is now, as many face economic difficulties and poor job prospects.


Food, glorious food, and the state of kashrut from plate to consumer

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Tributes flowed around the world when the iconic Bloom's restaurant in Golders Green finally closed its doors in 2010.

But while the likes of Steven Berkoff, Maureen Lipman and Giles Coren mourned its demise, others questioned how such a supposedly popular eaterie, which first opened in Whitechapel in 1920, could end up going into liquidation.


Kosher in small communities

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

No kosher butcher, no kosher baker, and not even any Shabbat candles for sale.

What do you do when you want to keep kosher but your nearest kashrut-friendly store is three hours away by car?


Shock news - we are better at the Olympics than Canada

By David Schneider, February 16, 2012

When I first suggested doing a show about "Jews and the Olympics" for Jewish Book Week, I recognised the suspicious look in the organiser's eyes. It was a look that said: Jews and the Olympics? That's going to be a short show.


Hidden cost behind the growth of Charedim

By Simon Rocker, February 9, 2012

Halls Green, outside Sevenoaks in Kent, was once a woodland activities centre for children, run by a Christian charity. But the newest residents will not be spending their days abseiling or shooting arrows.

The teenage boys of what is now the Yeshivah Gedolah Torah Veyirah will study in the garden of England, a world away from the inner-city streets of London's Stamford Hill.


Interview: Julia Hobsbawm

By Lynne Franks, February 9, 2012

Lynne Franks: Tell me about your background.
Julia Hobsbawm: My mother was a refugee from Vienna and came to the UK just after the Anschluss in 1938, to Manchester, and spent the first three years here trying to get as many relatives out as possible. My father [the historian Eric Hobsbawm] was originally from Berlin.


Keeping the faith - or a marriage of convenience?

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

In Rabbi Jonathan Romain's conversion class, there have been couples converting together, religious Christians, an ex-Muslim convert, policemen, soldiers and housewives.

But although converts come to him from all walks of life, as the Movement for Reform Judaism's conversion expert Rabbi Romain has identified some key trends.


My life's routine. So I tried being a stand-up

January 27, 2012

For a man approaching 50, 2011 turned out to be a year of personal growth and discovery when I might have assumed I knew all there was to know about myself. Never particularly ambitious and more interested in knowing a little about a lot than being a specialist (and therefore not a bad person to have on your table at a supper quiz), I have tended not to wander far from my area of comfort.