Lifestyle features

1919: the birth of modernity

By Diane Samuels, February 11, 2016

A great deal of attention has been given over the past few years to the centenary of the First World War, etching afresh into the national consciousness the years 1914 to 1918. The presence of memorials listing the names of the dead, mostly young men, have long been landmarks. The swathe of poppies sprouting within the moat of the Tower of London in 2014 drew unprecedented crowds.


How Israel's oldest university innovates profitably

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2016

Doors are firmly shut as I wander the hushed corridors of Israel's oldest university, the Technion in Haifa, formally known as the Israel Institute of Technology. The hush is partly attributable to the fact that it's a holiday period on a campus normally accommodating 13,500 people.


I do for dating what Nigella’s done for food

By Nadine Wojakovski, February 11, 2016

"Try a bit harder," was the iconic punch that propelled Natalie Braier into the matchmaking ring. One Sunday morning in 2001, her 35-year-old cousin hosted a brunch at his new bachelor pad in London. In strolled a charming young lady who caught Braier's eye. The cousin said she didn't seem interested. "I think she will be. Just try a bit harder," she urged.


What’s wrong with our museums and how to fix it

By David Herman, February 8, 2016

There are serious problems facing Jewish museums and galleries in Britain today. Some problems are practical: the wrong location, small numbers of visitors, not enough money. Others are more about the state of Jewish culture and identity.


How we took on Mosley — and won

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

as a young man, Martin Block was not afraid to speak his mind. Seven decades later, little has changed.

He is the last living executive member of the 43 Group - the Jewish vigilante ex-servicemen who fought fascists in Britain after the Second World War.


The 16 faces to watch in 2016

By Angelica Malin, February 4, 2016

Another year, another chance to shine. Here, we’ve profiled 16 young Jews to watch in 2016 — those who have shown business success with a big idea and others who are ‘‘ones to watch’’...

1. The New Landlords
David Kosky and Elliot Gold, 29


Why I fight for Germany

By Toby Axelrod, February 4, 2016

v When Anne Külow was only 15, her teacher in Berlin's Jewish high school publicly shared a conversation they had had: "Anne wants to join the army," he blurted out.


Should Mel Gibson be rehabilitated?

By David Robson, February 4, 2016

What a glorious night for the human spirit! No, not this month's Oscars but its far more outrageous precursor, the Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills.


Holocaust Memorial Day: Who will teach them when we are gone?

By Nadine Wojakovski, January 29, 2016

The old lady sat down, the three books she had written neatly piled up on the table in front of her. The years five and six pupils of Naima JPS primary school filed in quietly, taking their seats on the chairs and floor. They looked on expectantly and waited for Eva Schloss - famously known as Anne Frank's stepsister - to start her talk.


History shows why we need a Human Rights Act

By Dominic Grieve, January 28, 2016

The government will shortly announce a public consultation on its plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. This may seem like dry semantics, of interest only to legal and constitutional techies, but nothing could be further from the truth.