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Labelled 'not good enough'

By Emma Gold, July 7, 2016

When I was four years old, I managed to secure myself a place at one of the most prestigious schools in London. They said something to my parents about how they thought I had "a real spark" I left the interview room and said: "I don't think I'll go to that school; I didn't like it"

I was four.


The unspoken Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2016

On Yom Hashoah, Yossi Sucary watched with pride as two Libyan Holocaust survivors joined the ceremony at the Israeli presidential complex. It was a marked change from his childhood, when teachers would tell him he'd "made up" his Benghazi-born mother's experiences at the hands of the Nazis.


Step into the past as app recreates the old East End at the click of a button

By Anthea Gerrie, July 7, 2016

It's Spitalfields, but not as we know it - at least, not as the millennials among us know it. Dodge the espresso stands and the fashionistas and you may get a glimpse of the ghosts haunting the old neighbourhood.


How do I make contact with my birth ​father?

By Hilary Freeman, July 7, 2016

Q I am 52 years old and was adopted by a Jewish family as a newborn baby. My adoptive parents both passed away some years ago. I made contact with my Jewish birth mother 24 years ago and we have a good relationship. She was only 16 when she became pregnant and the father was unaware of this. Now I would like to make contact with my birth father.


Let's talk about Cyril

By Sharon Maxwell-Magnus, July 1, 2016

Forty years ago the doctor might not have named it, twenty years ago, family whispered it, today people not only dare to say the C-word, they are blogging, tweeting and sharing their experience of cancer.


The banker who bats for charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

Sir Victor Blank is no stranger to political and economic chaos. When the world's economy crashed, he was at the eye of the storm, eventually quitting as chairman of Lloyd's TSB, after heavy criticism over the bank's disastrous takeover of HBOS in 2008, although some argued that he carried the can for his executives.

Now he's surveying the result of the Brexit referendum with dismay.


My sweet sixteen Israel tour disgrace

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2016

I have a confession to make.


If only I could network in total silence

By Susan Reuben, June 30, 2016

Today, I have a gift for you: for the time it takes you to read the following 800 words, you do not have to think about the EU.

Instead, I'm going to talk about the horrors of networking.


Louise Goffin: 'At last I'm singing Mom's songs'

By Jessica Weinstein, June 30, 2016

"It was always a distraction to me that I had famous parents," says Louise Goffin as we discuss her performance at this weekend's Hyde Park British Summer Time Festival.

She will be appearing alongside her mother, Carole King, Hyde Park's headline act, who is playing her first UK concert in more than 25 years.


I converted but now I feel totally rejected

By Hilary Freeman, June 23, 2016

Q I converted to Reform Judaism 14 years ago and got married soon after. During our 10-year marriage I did everything I could to be a part of my then husband’s family and to practise Jewish customs, often to the exclusion of events with my own Christian family. I had constant reminders that “I hadn’t been born Jewish” and was therefore “not good enough”.