Lifestyle features

Interview: Jill Shaw Ruddock

By Grant Feller, March 5, 2015

If the unstoppable human whirlwind that is Jill Shaw Ruddock gets her way – and one suspects that this is not an altogether rare occurrence – Britain's rabbis had better watch out. ''There are disused parts of synagogues, as well as churches, town halls, you name it, all over the country that need a purpose.


What makes the EDL’s former leader, who says he is a friend of the Jews, tick?

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

What do you really know about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League who claims that he is an advocate of the Jews and Israel?


The reality of 'no-go' areas

By Grant Feller, February 26, 2015

In the past few days, I have been approached by three separate media organisations to help construct a feature based on the premise that there are "no-go areas" for Jews in Britain.

Clearly inspired by the extraordinary secret video recorded by journalist Zvika Klein as he walked through the streets of a Parisian suburb, the national newspaper, international website and the TV station all asked


How Magen David Adom showed me it's not about us and them

By David Curtis, February 12, 2015

I was saddened to hear of the death of Oxford historian Sir Martin Gilbert this week. If you haven’t read Israel: A History, you really should. I did 18 months ago and it is one of the reasons why, as a Jew living in England, I began to feel a much more profound connection to Israel.


Lost in Brick Lane's hipster shadows

By Josh Glancy, January 15, 2015

There is a sign on top of what used be to the Spitalfields Great Synagogue on Brick Lane that reads "Umbra Sumus", meaning "We are shadows". It is drawn from an Horatian ode, in which the venerable Roman poet coined the expression: "We are but shadows and dust".


Sylvia Rafael: the Mossad spy they buried twice

By J P O'Malley, January 9, 2015

During the autumn of 1962, a young South African schoolteacher called Sylvia Rafael was sitting in her apartment in Tel Aviv, relaxing after a hard day’s work. She happened to be reading The Jewish War by Josephus Flavius, when the phone rang unexpectedly.


Only now do I realise just how lucky we are

By Emily Maitlis, December 23, 2014



2015: Our economic crossroads

By Alex Brummer, December 23, 2014

The unexpected fall in the Brent crude oil price to below $60 a barrel is the biggest known unknown as we enter the next secular New Year. It will shape events in the global economy, the British economy and the Middle East. The world enters 2015 at a crossroads.


How the Board of Deputies infiltrated Britain's fascists

By Daniel Tilles, December 18, 2014

The 1930s were a defining period in Anglo-Jewish history.


Churchill and the Jews

December 11, 2014

Winston Churchill was one of the fathers of the modern Middle East. There is therefore at least a case for thinking that he helped create the world's number-one political disaster zone, and then passed that disaster zone on, like a cupful of quivering gelignite, to be the responsibility of America. It was John F. Kennedy who first provided the American security guarantee for Israel.