Lifestyle features

Matzah and sushi - my Jewish life in Japan

By Gaby Wine, May 27, 2010

At our Seder this year we had 35 people. Not unusual, you are probably thinking. A little mad, but not unheard of. Well, not if you are living in north-west London, Manchester, Manhattan or Jerusalem. But we are living in Tokyo, a city populated by 13 million people, where the chances of coming across a Jewish person are as likely as meeting someone who has not heard of sushi. Or, so I thought.


Taking on the drug gangs of Moss Side

May 27, 2010

BOYS are playing pool, girls are chatting, something’s cooking in the kitchen and there is a lot of noise. It could be any youth club, anywhere in the country. But it is in the heart Manchester’s Moss Side district, the capital of Britain’s guns and gang culture, where, at least according to press reports, children barely out of primary school deliver wraps of heroin on mountain bikes.


When cuddles only end in tears

By Alex Kasriel, May 27, 2010

'How's the sleep?" This is often the first question people ask the parent of a new baby. They know - particularly if they are parents themselves - how stressful tending to the needs of an infant in the middle of the night can be.

Pregnant pop star Dannii Minogue recently posted a picture of her first baby gift - a babygro emblazoned with the slogan "Sleep is for the weak" across its front - on her Twitter page. She is already gearing herself up for the night-time activities she and her newborn will experience after the birth in July.


Mrs B, the queen of British fashion

By Anthea Gerrie, May 21, 2010

She was a fashion tycoon who made it in her 20s and 30s and lost it all in her 40s - the house, the butler, the housekeeper, the nanny, the places at a top London private school for her two children.


Welcome to the home of Jewish aristocracy

By Julia Weiner, May 13, 2010

A few miles along the A41, north of Aylesbury, lies a stretch of pretty English countryside that used to be home to the most famous Jewish family in Britain. It was here that Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought an estate in 1874 and built Waddesdon Manor, a magnificent Renaissance-style chateau. He chose the location because four of his uncles and cousins had properties nearby - a concentration of family members which led to area being dubbed "Rothschildshire".


Zionism's hated hero

By Colin Shindler, April 28, 2010

Theodor Herzl was born, 150 years ago this week, in Hungary, moved to Austria as a teenager, embraced German nationalism at university and found salvation in Zionism during the last decade of his short life. In part he was trying to solve his own Jewish problem of who he really was. A few years before the publication of his pamphlet, The Jewish State, he had offered to lead a mass conversion of Jews to Christianity.


Divorce made me smile at strangers

By Anthea Gerrie, April 28, 2010

Has the seven-year-itch been replaced by a new, harder-to-scratch, 20-year variant which prompts the female of the species to up and leave a long marriage? That is what author Linda Kelsey found when her own break-up prompted her to uncover some startling research.

"I discovered there had been a seismic shift in the institution," says Kelsey, a former editor of Cosmopolitan. "In just the six years to 2008, the Office of National Statistics estimated the number of divorced women over 45 jumped by a third.


We need to transform the community. This is how

April 22, 2010

Keren David: Pay membership fees to your community, not your synagogue

It is expensive being an active member of the Jewish community. A typical family has to pay synagogue and burial fees. Those with more than one child at a Jewish school face voluntary contributions running into thousands of pounds. If you are at a non-Jewish school then cheder fees are hefty too. And then there are the numerous appeals to support charities whose services are essential to the community's good running. No wonder some cannot afford it.


The children who swapped the death camps for the Lake District

By Anthea Gerrie, April 1, 2010

To ordinary Britons from the city, the Lake District is a place of tranquil beauty. To the hundreds of Jewish orphans who arrived there from the death camps in 1945 to start a new life, it was nothing less than paradise.


Interview: Sara Hurwitz, Orthodox rabbi

By Elicia Brown, April 1, 2010

At a long wooden table, two students peruse a page of Talmud. They await their rav, their teacher. It could be a scene at any rabbinical seminary. But in at least one respect, it is not typical at all. The students are Orthodox women, and are studying to become rabbis.