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  • A view from the Grill

    Geoffrey Paul
    Apr 1, 2011

    Is it just me or is there something that smells particularly unpleasant tucked into the middle of Alistair Horne's review (published in this week's Spectator luxury supplement) of a meal in the new Savoy Grill? I am not one of those who senses bigotry on every hand, or who goes looking for it, but...well, you read what troubled me: “Our conversation was beaten down by the nasal tones of Finchley Road entrepreneurs, boasting their latest high-powered deals” which carried him back to a party in the Savoy Grill in 1940 for a war-hero cousin who had brought his battalion out of Dunkirk. As they rose at the end of the meal, Horne relates, the cousin “looked around the room and asked scathingly:'Are these really the people we fought for?' He might possibly have posed the same question today,” adds Horne, “except that he was killed two years later at the head of his brigade in the desert.”

  • Pick and choose journalism and the Fogel murders

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 25, 2011

    If you have a few spare hours, actually, make that days, you could fill them by reading the huge number of comments below MP Louise Bagshawe’s piece on the Fogel family massacre in Thursday’s Telegraph.

    The piece has attracted quite a reaction – 1955 responses at the time of writing – and as well as the usual stream of frankly antisemitic bile, there’s a few more reasoned queries about why this murder should be different.

    It’s a discussion I’ve had more than once since the murders. Yes, this was undoubtedly a tragedy (to refresh your memory, five members of the Fogel family including a three-month-old baby were slaughtered in the most gruesome way), but the world is a place where truly horrible things happen all the time.

  • On board the 74 bus in Jerusalem, tomorrow

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 23, 2011

    Just over five years ago, I was in Tel Aviv when a suicide bomber struck at the city’s old central bus station.

    In the attack, about fifteen people were injured; a few months later, during the festival of Passover, 11 people were killed and some 60 wounded when another terrorist struck a schwarma restaurant crowded with people having lunch.

    I was on my gap year then, when the intifada was winding down but bombs and blasts were still happening with a terrifying frequency.

  • Cool Rollings

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 15, 2011

    When it comes to films about sports and the triumph of the underdog, Cool Runnings has to be one of the top choices. The unlikely (but not untrue) story of the Jamaican bob sleigh team’s at the 1988 winter Olympics, directed by Jon Turteltaub, made for a comedy classic and a somewhat heartwarming tale.

    Israel actually does have a bobsled team, although judging by the website (latest news from 2004) it isn’t heading for Olympic glory any time soon. But, surprisingly for a country with a whole lot of desert, Israel also has an ice hockey team. And their story could well be that of a film too. According to JTA:

    “An Israeli ice hockey team of 10- to 13-year-olds…won the gold medal at a tournament in Canada.

  • 'It feels like we are all still shaking': message from Japan

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 14, 2011

    In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, those with friends and family in the country understandably rushed to contact them and check if they had been affected.

    One couple, who have visited Japan on several occasions, contacted Tokyo-based Rabbi Antonio Di Gesù. They kindly offered to share his response with JC readers.


    “It has been quite a Shabbat: mostly quiet but with an underlying anxiety that made us all look at the cell-phones waiting for that earthquake alert message affecting Tokyo.

  • A fashion statement at the Galliano presentation

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 7, 2011

    Last week, Natalie Portman was my heroine. Not because she won the Oscar (although Mazel Tov Nats, sure the family is schlepping nachas) or because she looked radiant in that dress despite one helluva baby bump, but because she did what every public figure could do and so often doesn't.

    She used her - not inconsiderable - star power for good, telling a Galliano-plagued Dior "It's me or him, mate." Or some such.

    Within hours, Galliano was a goner. The fashion house might have fired him anyway - that Hitler video was a little unpalatable even for the most dedicated couture-lovers - but it's hard to argue that Natalie helped him along.

  • Those darn Jews...

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 2, 2011

    What a week it has been - accusations flying all over the shop about anti-Jewish comments by everyone from Hollywood celebrities to fashionistas and internet renagades.

  • Galliano: It is sad, but...

    Jennifer Lipman
    Feb 28, 2011

    Remember when those charges against Roman Polanski were dredged up after all those years?

    All of a sudden, hordes of ordinarily very rational stars were tripping over themselves to defend him. Never mind that he was an alleged rapist, he was so talented, so creative, they gushed.

    Who cared that he fled the country rather than face the consequences of his actions? Not when his films were so wonderful.

  • Oscars 2011 live

    Jennifer Lipman
    Feb 27, 2011

    So they say that the Jews control Hollywood.

    Most of the time, we would take that as an insult - zionist conspiracy, yada yada yada. This year, it's not far off. Because the 83rd Academy Awards are basically a who's who of Jewish showbiz - you've got your Portmans and your Coens, your Seidlers and your Francos. Will Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan beat Sorkin's Social Network? Which Jewish actor (Eisenberg or Franco) will be celebrating with one of those trophies later tonight (or tomorrow morning, depending on your time zone)?

    The glamorous, the beautiful and the over-botoxed will be arriving on the Red Carpet in about an hour. Stay with The JC for news on who wins what and who is snubbed, not to mention gossip about the gowns, sarcasm on the speeches and the top Oscar Tweets out there. Also, let us know what you think of the results, the expressions and Anne Hathaway as a presenter by commenting below or tweeting us at @jewishchron.