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.
"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".
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?
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.
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.
Following the death of cancer blogger Rosie Choueka last month, and her 1a>final farewell blog post that caught the hearts of many and went viral1b>, her husband Elliot has decided to continue her blog. Here is his first post.
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.
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.