Here's why men can't buy decent Chanucah gifts

By Gloria Moss, December 18, 2014

The Chanucah lights are shining and many are celebrating the vanquishing of the Assyrian Greeks, and the triumph of good over evil, through the exchange of gifts. This may just be Chanucah gelt for children but some will shower their loved ones with more lavish presents.


Camp Simcha's toy story

December 18, 2014

Camp Simcha volunteers packed up over 5,000 toys and gifts to be delivered to children in hospital during the holiday period.

The toy drive is an annual event organised by the charity, supporting Jewish children with serious illness and their families.

Presents were collected by Jewish schools and community groups around London for distribution in 104 children's wards, hospices and community


Happy Chanucah from the Maccabeats: 'All About That Neis'

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2014
American group The Maccabeats are back with All About That Neis - a parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.


Chanucah surprises

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A charity will be lighting up the faces of young and old this Chanucah by visiting care homes and hospitals with presents and menorahs galore.

Israeli welfare charity Yad Ezra, known in the UK as Helping Hand, has made more than 3,200 care packages to give out during Chanucah parties for anyone who can't be at home for the festival.

Efrayim Goldstein, who is the charity's London co-ordinator


Katherine Jenkins’ song for Chanucah

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Katherine Jenkins has released a Chanucah album to mark the first year in which she will celebrate the festival as the wife of Jewish artist Andrew Levitas.


Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.


To tree or not to tree? That is the question

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Doing anything special on December 25? Christmas is a polarising time for UK Jews. Some enter enthusiastically into a secular celebration, sitting down with family and friends to a (kosher) turkey dinner, handing out presents and pulling crackers. Others get into the spirit of the season of goodwill by volunteering at a variety of charities.


My own festival of light

By Simon Round, December 17, 2013

Any cricket fan who has watched a test match from Old Trafford will have heard the commentators talking at length about the significance of the Pennine hills on the game. So the saying goes, if you can see the Pennines, it’s going to rain and if you can’t see them, it’s already raining.


Moroccans party in mint condition

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

The mint tea was flying from the bar. Crispy Moroccan doughnuts — sfenj — were being dipped in sugar. And in a corner of the room at the Porat Yosef Moroccan synagogue in Hendon stood an Arabic tent with cushions, lanterns and synthetic palms, set up by Harif, the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.