Lifestyle features

VE Day and the Jews: Moment of mingled joy and grief

By Colin Shindler, May 8, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on May 8 1945, many British Jews said the shehechayanu blessing to give thanks that they had survived to see that day. It was Victory in Europe Day, which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany and the formal end of hostilities in Europe.


Interview: Emma Spitzer

By Victoria Prever, April 30, 2015

Few children enjoy home-baked cheesecake and baklava with their homework, but not many have a MasterChef finalist for their mother. When I arrive at Emma Spitzer's East Finchley home, it is 4pm and her daughters - aged nine, seven, four and two - are tucking in.


Amy would've liked my rebellious roles

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

Passover 2015 will not be remembered as a good one for jewellers in Hatton Garden. While they were off celebrating the festival, which coincided with Easter, thieves drilled their way into the street's main vault and stole £60 million worth of goods from 72 safe deposit boxes. It was the stuff of cinema and left the traders reeling.


Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.


How we got our Hatton

By Bonnie Estridge, April 17, 2015

Hatton Garden has always been one of London's most enigmatic places. A set of scruffy streets where deal-making market traders, media executives and high-hatted Chasidim mingle with hand-holding couples looking for their jewel-encrusted bond of love, while tourists snap endlessly away on their cameras.


We must do more to protect ourselves from this cancer in our genes

By Emma Kane, April 17, 2015

Angelina Jolie, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, wife and mother, announced last month that she had had her ovaries removed following her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2013; in doing so, she put ovarian cancer firmly on the news agenda.


Lansky unlocked my secret history

By Naomi Firsht, April 17, 2015

When jazz composer Roland Perrin discovered his parents had hidden his Jewish heritage from him, a journey to his roots resulted in a musical epiphany.

Roland and I meet at the café in Southwark Cathedral, not too far from the Southbank Centre, the venue for his latest composition about notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky.


The £130-a-minute simchah: Are we wedded to excess?

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

It should be the happiest day of your life - and will likely be the most expensive. Wedding planners say that the cost of a kosher celebration can comfortably exceed £50,000. Our £55,000 wedding quote works out at an eye-popping £130-a-minute for a seven hour event.


Why the view’s so good from south London

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

Wimbledon, Richmond and Catford are a long way down the list when it comes to Jewish areas of London. But perhaps it’s time for a rethink.


A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.