The Diary

Roden recipes keep shoppers cool

July 28, 2016

Claudia Roden's grandson has found a fashionable location for a pop-up venture - inside Topshop's flagship Oxford Circus store.

Busy shoppers who have worked up a sweat among the racks can cool down by ordering one of Cesar Roden's gourmet ice lollies from a bar.

Some of Ice Kitchen's 12 flavours are inspired by his grandmother's recipes, such as Pistachio & Rose, derived from an Egyptian pu

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Siblings on song

July 28, 2016

When Clore Tikva Primary staged its fundraising variety show, it could call on celebrity support from one of its parents, Stacey Solomon, whose two sons attend the Essex school. The singer duetted with her younger brother Joshua (left), who graduated from Clore Tikva this week.

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What not to wear at school

July 28, 2016

Modest dress codes are not only a matter for mothers in Charedi schools. Pardes House Primary School in London underlined that it applies to fathers too in a recently issued notice.

While mums should avoid skirts with slits and ones that are so long that they trail along the ground - according to rabbinic guidelines - dads should not appear in jeans or denim.

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Too chai for society

July 28, 2016

The chai sign is the least recognised jewellery symbol among Britons, according to a survey by jewellers ChloBo.

But although 71 per cent were unfamiliar with a chai, maybe more remarkable is that 29 per cent were able to identify it, which says something positive about multicultural Britain.

The hamsa hand, to ward off the evil eye, baffled 61 per cent.

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Kentucky denied chicken

July 28, 2016

A Jewish inmate on death row in Kentucky has reportedly taken legal action after being refused kosher food. William Harry Meece says he was removed from the prison's kosher list after eating unsupervised rotisserie chicken, according to the Courier-Journal.

Meece, who was convicted of a triple murder ten years ago but professes his innocence, belonged to a Reform synagogue.

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The all-star priestly dream team

July 21, 2016

The new soccer season kicks off in a matter of weeks - Heaven help us - and fantasy footballers will be busy assembling their squads.

Here is a twist on the game from Richard Cohen, an architect from Belsize Square who has formed a dream team of celebrity Cohens.

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On the side of Lords

July 21, 2016

This kippah'd spectator was among the cricketing crowds at Lords last week. According to MCC regulations, members who sit in the Pavilion must wear a jacket and tie (or cravat) and religious dress is permissible. If you think his kippah rather bright, that's because it is in MCC colours.

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Northern gem

July 21, 2016

The Times exhorted readers to explore some of Britain's "littler gems" - the top 25 small museums, which include the Manchester Jewish Museum. The former Sephardi synagogue, which is currently running an exhibition based on Howard Jacobson's novel The Mighty Walzer, tells "compelling individual stories" of Manchester Jewry, the paper said.

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Global view

July 21, 2016

Due to drop into town this week was a representative of the Canadian Asper Foundation, creators of the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. I'm told he was sounding out potential donors for a new foundation project, the World's Jewish Museum, which it is hoped will open in Tel Aviv in a building designed by Frank Gehry.

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​A photograph frame called Cohen

July 21, 2016

Furniture store Habitat has gone haimishe with a range of photo frames variously called Cohen, Mazel and Levie. The Cohen frame (left) is "handmade in Vietnam from recycled magazines". Which explains it, or perhaps not...

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