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Revealed: the inside story of the prison rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, March 27, 2013

When a non-Jew in prison wants to claim they are Jewish, as apparently happens “all the time”, one of the first things they do is ask for a Torah.

“They say: ‘I wanna Taawrah’,” explains Rabbi Michael Binstock, director of Jewish Prison Chaplaincy, who has been working as a prison rabbi in England and Wales for over 40 years.


I didn't want a traditional headstone for my father's grave. But what was the alternative?

By Stephen Games, March 21, 2013

The United Synagogue licenses only three firms of stone-masons to work in its cemeteries. Each has its own catalogue of headstones, but there is little to choose between them.


Log off and still click: A guide to dating off-line

By Anna Sheinman, March 14, 2013

Online dating sucks. It’s exhausting, it’s demoralising and the people you date have invariably lied about their height. For young people it is even harder because it is still considered embarrassing to have to resort to looking for love online. This means there are many thousands of young Jews asking what are the alternatives? Here are five ways to log off and still click with someone:


Susie Essman: the woman Larry David asked to be the wife from hell

By Jonathan Margolis, March 14, 2013

If, as a respectable, suburban Jewish mother of four grown-up children, men regularly came up to you in the street and begged you to scream at them, “Go f*** yourself”, would you feel like you had made it as a international icon of Jewish womanhood?


Fitness: Go on, stretch yourself

By Laurel Alper, March 1, 2013

The benefits of stretching may not be as familiar to us as aerobics or weight training, which we know burn calories and strengthen muscles. But as we age, our lean muscle mass declines and we become less flexible, so the rewards of stretching become more apparent.


Suddenly Remarried: My dysfunctional week of functions

By Paul Lester, February 28, 2013

You’ve heard of Four Weddings and a Funeral, right? Well, during a single week at the end of February, I had two shivahs, a barmitzvah and a bris.


A B Yehoshua — the writer still shaping Israel’s identity

By David Herman, February 28, 2013

A B Yehoshua has been one of Israel’s leading writers for more than half a century, since he and Amoz Oz and Aharon Appelfeld met as young students in Jerusalem in the 1950s. His recent novels have a wonderful restraint, an increasingly elegiac feel. But in person, Yehoshua is full of energy and passion, the words pour forth in fluent English.


The photographer who got up close and personal with Elvis

By Melanie Abrams, February 14, 2013

Alfred Wertheimer was 26 when he landed the job of a lifetime — photographing an up-and-coming singer by the name of Elvis Presley. Wertheimer had never heard of him.


Wolf Mankowitz - the man who did everything

By Gerald Jacobs, February 14, 2013

“A Renaissance man.”
“A sort of East End [James] Joyce.”
“A f*** ’em Jew.”


How I nearly lost my miracle baby - a mother's moving story

By Nadine Young, February 7, 2013

At five weeks and five days pregnant, with my best friend in tow for moral support, I lay on the couch, butterflies in my stomach, waiting for the doctor to point out the baby’s heartbeat. But there was nothing but silence — a silence that stretched longer and longer and louder and louder, until finally I asked him what was wrong.