Lifestyle features

Dating over 30: My essential rules for happy ever after

By Suzie Parkus, June 25, 2015

Is the social scene for Jewish singletons aged over 30 fractured beyond repair? As a UK-based dating coach, I was challenged this week to research the above question. "Great!" I thought, "this is an opportunity to really delve into the Jewish community, to find out what people feel is the reality, and to provide a communal perspective, not just my own."


In awe of a precious Hebrew collection

By David Robson, June 25, 2015

Tickets for this event have now sold out.


Labour's Jewish 'problem'

By Daniel Elton, June 21, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about Tony Blair recently, not just because I'm a Labour member. I have been thinking about him with my Labour hat on, but also with my Jewish heart.


He was just as happy as he was Moody

By Michael Freedland, June 20, 2015

There have always been showbusiness "greats" who effectively made love to their audiences - men and women who, to use an overworked phrase, earn millions and then forget who got them to the top. Ron Moody was different. He remembered - and the people who paid to see his work remembered, too. That was their way of making love to him.


The REAL meaning of Jaws

By Nathan Abrams, June 18, 2015

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's film Jaws. You may be very familiar with the film but did you know that Jaws can be read as Jewish? For example, why is the film even called "Jaws" in the first place? It is because the title is only one syllable away from the word 'Jews'.


You don't have to be black - or Jewish

By Monica Porter, June 18, 2015

The most bizarre news story to hit the headlines last week was the one about the American black civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who was revealed to be covertly white.


"Please remember me and my family". Rosie Choueka's final blog

June 16, 2015

The final blog post of a young Jewish mother from north-west London, who died from cancer this week, has gone viral. Rosie Choueka, a lawyer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, and wrote a blog about her experience called Fighting Genghis. Here is her final post:


So why is Israeli TV top of the box?

By Rita Kupfer, June 15, 2015

At the recent French International TV Festival Series Mania, yet another Israeli TV series drew a lot of attention. This time it was False Flag ("Kfulim" in Hebrew), a new spy thriller that will debut in Israel next October, that won the Public Prize.


In praise of the notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

By Robert Philpot, June 14, 2015

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely cultural icon. For most of her two decades on the US Supreme Court, the diminutive 82-year-old grandmother has kept a low profile. When Bill Clinton nominated her in 1993 to be only the second woman, and the first Jewish woman, to sit on America's highest court, Ginsburg was considered "a judge's judge" - and a cautious one at that.


Taut, urgent and elegant - this is why we long for the short story

June 12, 2015

As a short-story writer, I am often asked by friends and family: ''So, when are you going to write a novel?" A literary urban myth persists that a collection of short stories is easier to write and less substantial to read than a novel, as if fewer words mean less work for the writer and less reward for the reader. Yet the opposite is true: every word counts in a short story.