Jewish life

Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.


My barmitzvah? I had six million viewers

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Texan 13-year-old Sam Horowitz did not appear content with the 500,000 hits his glitzy barmitzvah show garnered on YouTube.

Last week, Sam took the show to Times Square and performed the routine with backing dancers on Good Morning America — which has average viewing figures of 5.5 million.


If mealtimes are messy — make them muck in

By Justine Kanter, August 21, 2013

What Jewish mother is not concerned with what her offspring eats? Coming from a culture so concerned with its stomachs, most of us know how important it is to pass on to our children the enjoyment of preparing and consuming good food.

Countless articles tell us that the best way to achieve this is by setting a lifelong example to our kids about the value of communal eating.


Jewish Quarterly guest editor named

By Josh Jackman, August 19, 2013

The Jewish Quarterly has named a Southampton University lecturer as guest editor for its 60th anniversary issue in November.

Devorah Baum, who lectures in English and Jewish studies at the university, will take charge of the special edition of the well-respected cultural journal.


Oh brother: We are here to help with sick kids

By Sandy Rashty, August 19, 2013

At first, acting as a Camp Simcha Big Brother to a boy with a serious illness posed a dilemma for LSE law student James Joseph. “You think: ‘How can I look after a child who has disabilities?’ But, in the end, you just have to treat them as any other child.”


Family mourn dead cyclist

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

The cyclist who was killed riding his bike on a busy north London main road was a prominent member of New North London Synagogue.

Retired GP Clive Richard s suffered a heart attack after he was hit by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last week.

The 67-year-old, from Whetsone, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.


Butcher’s heritage site is under threat of the chop

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 12, 2013

A historic Merseyside butcher’s shop which supplied kosher meat to the Titanic is under threat of demolition through building plans of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Charm offensive waged against eruv opponents

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2013

Convened in response to a “considerable amount of anger in Bushey village” to the proposed local eruv, a “well-behaved” meeting to discuss the planning application on Tuesday attracted 180 people. A low-profile police presence reflected unfounded concern that the event might be hijacked by BNP or EDL members from nearby South Oxhey.


Rock and other hard places

By Derek Taylor, August 11, 2013

There is a fascinating connection between two current stories in the news.

The first is the Spanish continuing harassment of the Gibraltarians in their efforts to regain the colony for Spain. The second is the pressure on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. Jews were involved from the beginning in both cases.


Doctors expose my blind spot

By Peter Rosengard, August 11, 2013

On Sunday, I went on a blind date. I was fully prepared. My 17-year-old daughter had texted me my instructions: “Dad, don’t be on the phone the whole time — in fact don’t even take your BlackBerry. Don’t talk about yourself the whole time. Don’t try and be funny the whole time. Don’t be late”.