Lifestyle features

The naked truth about Carnaby Street

By Michael Freedland, March 10, 2016

Henry Moss is a restaurateur who has an eaterie located opposite the British Museum which is very popular with foreign tourists. Fifty years ago, we first met when he and his partner were in a different part of London, dealing with different tourists in a somewhat different business. A very Jewish business indeed.


Venice: The first ghetto

By Jerry Brotton, March 3, 2016

It is nearly 500 years to the day when, on March 29 1516, the Venetian authorities assigned the site of a polluted, disused "geto", the Italian for foundry, in the north of the city as where Jews would be segregated from the Christian community.


Natalie Livingstone: We’re the self-made custodians of Cliveden

By Grant Feller, February 18, 2016

When Natalie Livingstone is reminded of Nancy Astor - a notoriously antisemitic aristocrat who became a key figure in the Profumo scandal - one senses she sometimes allows herself a wry smile of satisfaction.


Finding a cure for poor penmanship

By Nadine Wojakovski, February 18, 2016

After teacher Lee Dein had seen hundreds of children of all ages struggle to write legibly, she felt compelled to seek a "cure" for bad handwriting once and for all. And she did. She has designed and created a unique, step-by-step Magic Link programme to enable children to produce neat, flowing, joined-up handwriting.


The Blacklist's real victims weren’t just Communists

By Michael Freedland, February 18, 2016

It was almost as though a fat, balding man conducting a meeting in a wood-panelled office in Washington and chomping on his ever-present cigar, banged on his desk and called out with a laugh: "Right, now we can get at the Jews."


'I'm not competitive. Amy, Florence, Adele - I love all of them'

By Paul Lester, February 18, 2016

If Jess Glynne sounds a little tired, it is hardly surprising. Quite apart from the fact that she is about to move into her first flat - a purchase made with the help, understandably, of her estate agent father - there is her busy touring and publicity schedule.


1919: the birth of modernity

By Diane Samuels, February 11, 2016

A great deal of attention has been given over the past few years to the centenary of the First World War, etching afresh into the national consciousness the years 1914 to 1918. The presence of memorials listing the names of the dead, mostly young men, have long been landmarks. The swathe of poppies sprouting within the moat of the Tower of London in 2014 drew unprecedented crowds.


How Israel's oldest university innovates profitably

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2016

Doors are firmly shut as I wander the hushed corridors of Israel's oldest university, the Technion in Haifa, formally known as the Israel Institute of Technology. The hush is partly attributable to the fact that it's a holiday period on a campus normally accommodating 13,500 people.


I do for dating what Nigella’s done for food

By Nadine Wojakovski, February 11, 2016

"Try a bit harder," was the iconic punch that propelled Natalie Braier into the matchmaking ring. One Sunday morning in 2001, her 35-year-old cousin hosted a brunch at his new bachelor pad in London. In strolled a charming young lady who caught Braier's eye. The cousin said she didn't seem interested. "I think she will be. Just try a bit harder," she urged.


What’s wrong with our museums and how to fix it

By David Herman, February 8, 2016

There are serious problems facing Jewish museums and galleries in Britain today. Some problems are practical: the wrong location, small numbers of visitors, not enough money. Others are more about the state of Jewish culture and identity.