Lifestyle features

How to have a very kosher Christmas

By Bernard Josephs, December 23, 2008

It’s that time of year again, a season that raises the perennial question: what are we to do about Christmas? While our non-Jewish neighbours, despite the credit crunch, are busily stocking their freezers with all manner of exotic goodies, buying up crates of wine and beer and donning Santa outfits, should we restrict ourselves to dull, everyday menus brightened only by re-runs of Morecambe and Wise?


How to Calm a Challenging Child

By Roma Felstein, November 27, 2008

Israeli-born family psychotherapist and parenting consultant Miriam Chachamu has some wise words for parents who find it hard to relinquish control of their children. "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you."

They are not her words, but come from the 20th-century Lebanese writer and philosopher Khalil Gibran.

Nevertheless they sum up for her "one of the fundamental principles of parenting - nurturing but letting go".


How bad will it get for homeowners?

By Simon Round, November 27, 2008

Eighteen months ago, amid the first whispers that property was heading for a downturn, the JC conducted a major survey on the state of the market. We asked finance experts, economist and property professionals where the market was going. The majority gave bland assurances that property values would remain stable or continue to rise. A couple said that there could be minor "corrections", but only three warned of the kind of crash we have experienced in the past 12 months.


Parenting, the gay way

By Sarah Ebner, November 20, 2008

When Brett Berk invited his friends and their young son for dinner, he did not expect a potty to be placed next to the table.

"We should be celebrating," said the boy's proud mother, after her son had showed his toilet-training prowess.

"We should be fumigating," Berk replied, quite put off his food.


The messiah and his seven wives

By Alex Kasriel, November 13, 2008

He lives in East Sussex and trains race horses, which is not the most likely occupation for a middle-aged Jewish man. But that is the least odd thing about Philip Sharp, who for the past 10 years has been living with his seven "wives" and considers himself a Jewish patriarch.

The wives - who are not married to him by law but have all changed their surnames to Sharp by deed poll - are aged between 29 and 64 and have given him nine children to add another five from a former, convectional, marriage.


Finding the faith

September 24, 2008

These days it's fairly common to have parents of different religious denominations. While no one could argue that it makes life any simpler, it is not unusual to identify with two faiths. But what about three? Sadia Shepard grew up in Boston, raised by a white Protestant father, Pakistani Muslim mother, and her beloved maternal grandmother Nana who, when Shepard was 13, revealed that she was originally from the tiny Bene Israel community in India.


Michael Sophocles clicks into the lies of e-dating

By MichaelSophocles, September 19, 2008

The former contestant on BBC1's hit reality show The Apprentice investigates why so many people are less than honest when they date online - and reveals a few home truths of his own

Finding love in the 21st century can be a tricky business. With longer working hours and more hectic lifestyles, it is easy to feel despondent about the prospect of discovering your soulmate. But rather than despairing, millions of us have turned to online dating.


The dead poet riding on the Tube

By Dana Gloger, September 19, 2008

An anti-war poem war by the late Isaac Rosenberg is to be displayed on the Underground.

When poet Isaac Rosenberg wrote On Receiving News of the War, he certainly would not have expected, that 90 years later, three-and-a-half million Tube passengers a day would be reading his work. But from Monday, the poem will be one of six displayed in 3,000 carriages across London's Underground network, as part of this year's autumn season of the Poems on the Underground scheme, which displays poetry on Tube trains for more than six months every year.


This is the text of the 1998 Stanmore Accords in full

September 12, 2008

A statement to the Jewish Community

As lay leaders of different sections of the Jewish Community and for ourselves we, like many members of Anglo-Jewry, have been perturbed and distressed by the divisions and dissension which have become the more apparent since the death of Rabbi Hugo Gryn, of blessed memory.

It is inevitable that with different principles and practices there exist profound differences of brief calculated to stir deep emotions and impatience.


Football in Israel, the not-so-beautiful game

By James Montague, August 28, 2008

It brings out violent Arab-Jewish rivalries, fuels racism, and splits fans on party-political lines. Writer James Montague spent three years studying Middle East soccer - and learned what makes Israel tick.

Next Saturday, an event of huge political significance will take place in Israel. No, not the Kadima leadership contest. Nor yet another visit from a foreign statesperson seeking to kick-start the faltering road-map for peace. It's more important than that: the Israeli football season cranks back in to gear.