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Natalie Joel: NW London, Israel and now a maid in Chelsea

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

You might recognise Natalie Joel from Channel 4's award-winning reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

She walked into the show, which follows the lives of south-west London's trendy folk in their twenties, as the 5ft 2ins girlfriend of the much taller show favourite Hugo Taylor, who towers above her at 6ft 3ins.


Conspiracy theories: It's the Jews wot done it

By Jessica Weinstein, July 23, 2015

Comedian and self-described 'Jew' (as his Twitter bio succinctly puts it), David Baddiel, wrote a comment piece in the Guardian this week about conspiracy theories and the Jews.


Lord Weidenfeld: It’s far easier being 95

By Stephen Pollard, July 23, 2015

One of the many privileges of editing the JC is meeting all sorts of people. I've been lucky enough to meet prime ministers, presidents and monarchs.

But I've no doubt at all that the greatest man I have met as editor, the thought of whose company always thrills me in advance and never disappoints, is Lord Weidenfeld - or just George.


How far did the UK aristocracy’s love of the Nazis really go?

By Bernard Wasserstein, July 22, 2015

The country is bristling with new ideas and new methods… I have found fresh hope and renewed confidence.”

So wrote the Conservative MP Sir Arnold Wilson after one of the seven visits he paid to Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1937.


The bizarre truth about Nixon's rabbi

By Robert Philpot, July 19, 2015

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon's staff gathered in the White House's East Room to hear the disgraced president's farewell address. In a front-row seat, alongside members of his cabinet, sat Baruch Korff, applauding "lustily", a reporter later recalled.


Eileen Ford - the model maker

By David Robson, July 16, 2015

The New York fashion business is visibly Jewish - think Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg; the fashion model business is not.


So what is 'cultural' Judaism?

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

A few years ago a member of a Progressive community in north London put a new idea to it. She was happy to turn up to synagogue on Saturday, but worship didn't do it for her. High choral or happy-clappy guitar, she wasn't searching for any kind of service, but she did have a serious interest in Jewish study.


Who is prepared to point Labour in the right direction on Israel?

By Robert Philpot, July 16, 2015

Liz Kendall, the plucky leadership candidate who is trying to reconnect Labour to political reality after five years of Ed Miliband, is right about much that ails her party.


Trapped in a man's body in an unforgiving community

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

"J" looks like a regulation Charedi. Bearded chin, black kippah, white shirt. But the traditional exterior masks an inner torment that has at times prompted thoughts of suicide. For J may look like a "he" but regards herself as a "she".