Lifestyle features

The British kibbutzniks who welcomed African refugees into their family

By Nathan Jeffay, January 3, 2013

Just over four years ago, a squad of soldiers arrived at John Fshaye’s school in the rural town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea. They had come to forcibly remove students to serve in the country’s army. It was perfectly legal — Eritrea operates open-ended military draft that often means decades in uniform for those unlucky enough to be conscripted.


When Jonathan Miller was forced to go to shul

By John Nathan, December 13, 2012

It is the voice that is so familiar. The hair, once red, is now white. The frame, once six foot four, is less imposing now. But the sonorous tones are unmistakable.


Just (Re)Married: There was nothing sweet about our honeymoon

By Paul Lester, December 7, 2012

I know it’s customary to go on honeymoon straight after you get married — like, duh — but I’ve only just returned from mine, despite getting hitched in May.


The foreign correspondent who survived war, sexism and hate in Iraq

By Jenni Frazer, December 6, 2012

Ilene Prusher has come up with an interesting description of what it means to be a woman foreign correspondent, particularly in a war zone. They are, she offers, “a third gender”, not male, certainly not subservient female, and often regarded with exasperation and suspicion by male interviewees, particularly in the Arab world.


NW Jew: This kosher-style trend is hard to swallow

By NWJew, November 30, 2012

Last weekend I was once again obliged to attend the barmitzvah of some child I had never met. Happily it was the great nephew of my dear friend Moshe, so at least I had someone to whom I could complain about the catering.


Barrington Black: Gibraltar's supreme lawman

By Michael Freedland, November 29, 2012

Barrington Black and I did our square bashing in the army together. Perhaps not the most scintillating reminiscence — especially since he went on to become a Royal Army Service Corps lieutenant and I got invalided out for flat feet.


A Woman's Work: Why we're all suffering from the cringe syndrome

By Keren David, November 22, 2012

If you’re Jewish and on Facebook or Twitter then I bet there’s one word that’s been showing up on your timeline a lot recently. The word is cringe.

We cringe at That Dreadful Woman From Radlett and The Neurotic One From Edgware in Jewish Mum of the Year. We cringe at Caprice and Stacey Solomon being presented as Jewish spokeswomen. We cringe at Jews in the news or on a cruise.


High-flying ambassador who was our man in Israel... and Saudi Arabia

By Jenni Frazer, November 22, 2012

It may go down in diplomatic history as one of the swiftest love affairs on record. Sherard Cowper-Coles was Britain’s ambassador to Israel for just 22 months before he was whipped off to the most improbable successor appointment — as the UK’s man in Saudi Arabia.


They did their bit - the story of three centuries of heroism

By Simon Round, November 15, 2012

Sadly, there are not many Jews who fought in the Second World War who are still able to march. But those who can will be polishing their medals to parade down Whitehall on Sunday, in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1939-45 conflict and those before and since.


Vantage Point: Age is no barrier to your inner entertainer

By Gerald Jacobs, November 15, 2012

I don’t know if Kay D’Arcy is Jewish. Probably not. But there are undoubtedly a great many Jews who are like her — well past retirement age, overflowing with chutzpah, and possessed of the “showbiz gene”. And many of these could, and just might, follow her example.