Lifestyle features

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".


How to get the most out of your yawn – with Gwyneth Paltrow

By Jessica Weinstein, July 13, 2015

Think you've been yawning properly your whole life? Think again. You could be getting much more out of it, says Gwyneth Paltrow.

The latest post on Paltrow's lifestyle blog, Goop, explains the best way to yawn (and you thought it was an automatic reflex).


Interview: Liz Taylor - the party planner who loves a challenge

July 9, 2015

By any standard, the phone call came pretty much out of left field. Would it be possible to organise a star-studded charity dinner hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, in, er, three weeks' time?


The (Jewish) wedding season survival guide

By Louise Scodie, July 5, 2015

Get your hora dancing shoes on - it's the wedding season! Come rain shine or heat-wave, the summer months see more Jewish weddings than usual. It must be because we're such outdoorsy people. Jewish weddings place a special set of demands on guests. Below, some of the community's experts share their nous in our special Jewish wedding survival guide.


Bournemouth hotel, the Green Park, to star in documentary recalling its glory days

By Barry Toberman, July 2, 2015

Where thoughts of summer holidays now turn towards Israel, the Caribbean and America, it was once the height of exotica for British Jews to contemplate a week away in Bournemouth. Because, for a considerable post-war period, the seaside town's kosher hotels were the vacation venues of choice for Jews across the social spectrum.


"Goodbye my darling". Rosie Choueka's husband continues her blog

July 1, 2015

Following the death of cancer blogger Rosie Choueka last month, and her final farewell blog post that caught the hearts of many and went viral, her husband Elliot has decided to continue her blog. Here is his first post.


Why a 'classic' education is a lifetime bond

June 28, 2015

There has been much talk about the importance of musical education. The facts are unarguable: the benefits to a child's mind of classical music have been proven time and again - hence the "Mozart Effect" and other such initiatives. But perhaps the emotional and social benefits of involvement with music have been discussed less than the intellectual ones; and they are at least equally important.


We give so little, these people gain so much

By Lianne Kolirin, June 25, 2015

Imagine having dinner with a troubled teenager you've never met. That teenager is homeless and the meal is at your dining table, after which he or she turns in for the night – in your spare room. Unlikely? Not for one Jewish family in north London.