Lifestyle features

Meet the fur fashion king with a nose for scent

By Brigit Grant, April 25, 2013

I've always rather fancied the idea of living in a hotel. While others obsess about properties with multiple rooms, the notion of residing in just one has much more appeal. Room service, fresh towels, a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and a stream of new neighbours has to be the perfect domicile arrangement — particularly if that room is in Claridges.


Why your child needs an MMR jab

By Ellie Cannon, April 18, 2013

During one of my recent TV interviews about the current measles outbreak in Wales, the presenter was shocked that GPs misdiagnose measles as a viral infection. This is not shocking at all for two reasons. Firstly, measles is a viral infection that initially looks like other standard viruses all our children get.


Making art to ease the pain in a city of sorrow

By Monica Petzal, April 4, 2013

I first came to Dresden in 1985 as part of a family “restitution” visit to my father’s birthplace of West Berlin. It was before the re-unification, the “change” as they call it there, and we crossed the Berlin Wall into the German Democratic Republic at Friedrichstrasse.


Chim: Photography's forgotten hero

By Melanie Abrams, April 3, 2013

Dawid Szymin was destined to run his family’s Yiddish and Hebrew publishing house in Warsaw — until he discovered photography.

In truth, he had already strayed from the path mapped out for him by his parents, having opted to study graphic arts in Leipzig and then at the Sorbonne in Paris.


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.