Lifestyle features

Israelis defy Shakespeare festival boycotters

By John Nathan, May 29, 2012

The production of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London is going to be a tense affair, and not just because Shylock is determined to get his pound of flesh. As Israel’s Habima theatre company prepares its contribution to the international Globe-to-Globe Shakespeare festival, anti-Israel protesters are preparing to stop the show.


Dodgy dealer who gave Londoners Leicester Square

By Martin Hedges, May 24, 2012

As Londoners and West End tourists are all too aware, Leicester Square has been having a facelift. This week the hoardings will finally come down and the square, unveiled by London mayor Boris Johnson, will take on its new role as "the entertainment gateway to the West End".


Richard Desmond: How I cried for the victims of Auschwitz

May 17, 2012

In many ways, it was the trip I never thought I’d take. Like a lot of Jewish people, my knowledge of the Holocaust came from books, films and documentaries, as well as encounters with survivors. But the death of my mother Millie three years ago suddenly brought my family history to the fore and I found myself discussing it with my son Robert, who has always wanted to trace our heritage.


Feeling guilty about supporting Bayern Munich against Chelsea? Don’t be

By David Winner, May 17, 2012

Since football is tribal our allegiance for the 1999 European Cup final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was clear. I was an Arsenal fan and my Israeli friend supported Liverpool, so we were both cheering the Bavarians.

Only my friend's daughter was puzzled: "Daddy, why do we want the Germans to win?" He thought for a moment: "For Jewish reasons!"


Lawyer? Accountant? No, acrobat

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

Mum, dad, I'm joining a circus." These are perhaps not the words most Jewish parents want to hear when talking to their offspring about career choices. But they would be wrong to object.

So says trapeze artist Adam Cohen. He has been performing for more than a decade, studying the flying trapeze and teaching children acrobatics and circus stunts.


When Norwood's children discovered the joy of family life

By David Conway, May 3, 2012

Seldom do children grow up in the care of their parents while inside an orphanage. Such, however, was the unusual upbringing my elder brother Charles and I received when, in 1951, at the respective ages of six and four, we moved with our parents into an apartment in an imposing red-bricked Victorian building in south London that was home to 200 less fortunate Jewish children.


Charity funding is becoming an uphill struggle

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Jewish charity leaders will be keeping a close eye on Chancellor George Osborne. Even before a growing political backlash forced the government to reconsider its controversial proposal to cut tax relief for big donors, the Jewish Leadership Council had sounded the alarm.


'Nicole Kidman stole my life'

By Simon Round, April 26, 2012

Kerri Sackville is not exhausted. This is an unfamiliar feeling for the Australian writer whose debut book about the trials and tribulations of family life has become a best-seller Down Under.

A week into a visit to the UK to promote When My Husband Does the Dishes (He usually wants sex!) the jet-lag has worn off, and Sackville is bursting with energy.


The war hero in my family

By Stephen Adler, April 20, 2012

At 8.15am on April 12 1942, Sergeant Maxwell Addess and his observer, Sergeant B.A.T. Lane took off from North Coates airfield in Lincolnshire on a reconnaissance mission over the coast of Holland. 236 Squadron, to which Max belonged, was tasked primarily with shipping reconnaissance and escort duties. In some ways, this was just a routine mission.


Why we should all be more like sorry Ken

By Gerald Jacobs, April 11, 2012

One of the most salutary effects of ageing is the realisation that the advancing years do not necessarily bring wisdom or emotional maturity. When something goes wrong, you still look for somebody else to blame. If you break a vase, you curse whoever left it in your way, and any motoring mishap is inevitably the other driver's fault.