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The Hollywood star who still teaches at cheder

By Josh Jackman, May 26, 2016

When she isn't filming with acting royalty in Barcelona and Budapest for the new TV series Emerald City, Roxy Sternberg is teaching cheder classes.

The 27-year-old has been chosen to star in an American TV prequel to The Wizard of Oz, also featuring Joely Richardson and Jurassic World actor Vincent D'Onofrio.


I’m told to eat, but not get fat! Help me please

By Hilary Freeman, May 26, 2016

Q I’m 22. My family life has always revolved around food. It goes beyond Friday-night dinners and Shabbat lunches; all meals are a big thing in my house — especially since my mum is such an excellent cook. She takes genuine offence when I eat out. But while my mum likes to feed me, she also expects me to stay super slim, as she is, to fit into size 10 jeans (size 8 preferably).


Trinny culled my wardrobe and it was well overdue

By Nadine Wojakovski, May 26, 2016

Mum, it’s Oma on the phone,” called my 10-year-old son Alex.

“Is Oma your grandmother?” Trinny asked him, and without waiting for a reply, she charged up to the phone: “Hello Oma. This is Trinny,” she announced boldly. “I’m styling Nadine. She can’t speak. Bye.”

Wow, so direct. What was she going to make of my dull clothes?


Becoming an upstander, not a bystander

By Nadine Wojakovski, May 23, 2016

This time last year Melissa Shooter was just a busy mum. Cook, cleaner, chauffeur to her four boys and little girl, she spent the day running around in her tracksuit and trainers, trying to complete her extensive “to-do” list.


Why I will never get back on my bike again…

By Susan Reuben, May 19, 2016

When I was 21, I was cycling down the street in Cambridge when I got my skirt tangled up in my bicycle.

I'd never really bonded with the whole bicycle idea, being a profoundly uncoordinated person. But riding a bike in Cambridge was definitely the thing to do, so I'd reluctantly bought myself an antiquated model with a wicker basket on the front and three gears.


Wartime letters of testimony

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2016

"#Refugees Welcome," reads the sign as you enter New North London Synagogue. Far from being a meaningless slogan, it's a core philosophy for Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who has led the UK's leading Masorti community for nearly 30 years and is at the forefront of those calling for Britain and Europe to do more to help people fleeing Syria.


Abel and willing to be a success

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2016

Growing up without a father wasn't easy for 20- year-old Zak Abel, singer songwriter and former UK table-tennis champion.


'Jewish music' that isn't Jewish

By Jessica Weinstein, May 19, 2016

BB Cooper is exhausted when she speaks to me from her house in France, where she is "recuperating" after the press night of her new musical, Devilish.

"I'm wearing two hats for this show," Cooper - who lives in Mayfair when she's not in France - tells me. "I'm the producer as well as the composer so I'm recuperating because it's such a lot of work."


My quest to find a forgotten history

By Philippe Sands, May 12, 2016

In the spring of 2010, I received an unlikely invitation from a city in the western Ukraine.


The poker players whose hands are tied

By Samantha Rea, May 12, 2016

Instead of spending Passover with his family, Asher Conniff spent time playing poker. A professional player, Conniff was cornered into taking part in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Tournament of Champions, an invite-only event for former WPT winners. As the 2015 WPT World Champion, Conniff couldn't turn down free entry into the $15,000 buy-in tournament.