Lifestyle features

Dinner time and it's action stations

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2016

"Every one of my clients wants to introduce something that will differentiate their party from all the others they will be going to," says Kati Pauk of party organiser KP Events. They provide not only food, but a bit of theatre to keep your guests entertained.

Sushi chefs preparing sushi before your eyes, crêpes made to order and shawarma carved directly from the rotating spit all impress.


Sweet for your honeymoon

By Nichola West, July 14, 2016

Choosing the right honeymoon is as important as picking the right location for your wedding - except the choice of location is a whole lot wider, from a luxurious spa with a backdrop of the Serra de Monchique mountain range in Portugal to beaches that can be reached only on foot in the Caribbean. Here are five of the best.

One And Only Reethi Rah, Maldives, Indian Ocean


The scene is set for drama

By Bruce Russell, July 14, 2016

Long days and balmy nights lend themselves perfectly to entertaining. Whether it is an intimate affair for close friends and family or a larger celebration, July and August are prime times for getting together.


Proposals for a summer marriage

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2016

With so much fresh produce available, summer is a fabulously foodie time of year to get married. There might even be too much choice for the indecisive to bear. Should it be barbecued lamb and salads? Carved fruits? We spoke to caterers to get their feedback.

Do consider location


Trouble at the grocery store - and online too

By Susan Reuben, July 14, 2016

I do my family's grocery shopping online, at a large and well-known supermarket chain. I don't want to give them free advertising, so let's call them "Fresco".

The way the kosher section of their website works has been a bit odd recently. Every time I tried to buy Shabbat candles, I got a message saying, "Sorry, this product is currently not available. Why not try kosher baked beans?"


A secret Japanese history

By Monica Porter, July 14, 2016

I have just returned from my second trip to Japan (I have family there) and once again, I've been amazed by those most impressive of peoples and their glittering, futuristic capital. Tokyo is the city of dog lovers where you won't see dog's mess on a pavement. Its high-density streets are bustling but you'll never be jostled, let alone find any litter.


Don't judge us for being childless

By Sarah Bronzite, July 14, 2016

Chaya speaks calmly about a memorable visit to her local mikvah.

"I had a mikvah lady physically poke me in the stomach and say 'Why no baby? Why do you keep coming back?' And this wasn't after I was dressed - I was completely naked in the mikvah room. That was quite special..."


Please do as I say and not as I did

By Karen Glaser, July 14, 2016

I grew up in suburban South Wales and until I went to university in the late 80s I thought most Jewish families were like my own: intermarriages on every branch, and not entirely sure where the nearest synagogue was.

Manchester University rapidly corrected my misperception: I didn't just get an academic education there, I got a Jewish one too.


They shall not pass

By Colin Shindler, July 14, 2016

For some people, life was split in two on June 22 1941, for some on September 3 1939 and for others on July 18 1936.

So wrote the Soviet Jewish writer, Ilya Ehrenburg about the start of war against Nazi Germany.


The Jews of the Spanish civil war: a forgotten story

By Robert Philpot, July 13, 2016

In July 1936, three Jewish tailors from Stepney set off to cycle to Barcelona. Card-carrying members of the Communist party, Nat Cohen, Sam Masters and Allick Sheller were travelling to the Catalan capital to witness the People’s Olympiad.