The Diary

Why bad jews are good news

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It seems we can't get enough of Bad Jews. Josh Harmon's new comedy about an American Jewish family has proved so popular that London's Arts Theatre is extending its run for six weeks until July 11.

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This label's no fable

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

Maybe Jamie Oliver ought to be sent in to revamp kosher airline meals. You wouldn't want to add up the additives in this barbeque chicken served on a BA flight to London from New York. "By the time I had read the label, I was ready to land," said passenger Michael Fishberg.

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High fives for happy halfon

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

New Conservative Party deputy chairman Robert Halfon described his swearing-in as a Privy Counsellor at Buckingham Palace as a "very special moment". A highlight was the small copy of the Five Books of Moses he was presented with.

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Kosher meals fit for Lords

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

A kosher food stall has kept Wimbledon-goers fuelled for some years. Now cricket-watchers need not worry about food. Kosher caterers Adafina are offering to make up picnic hampers for Lords.

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Boy king from Borehamwood

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It's a crowning achievement for Micah Gordon of Borehamwood - and he is only six. He is playing a child king in a series of advertisements for Israeli company Yes TV's new children's channel.

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Still in love with Eurovision

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

Presenter Nigella Lawson is not the only Jewish interest in this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. The British hope Still In Love With You, sung by Electro Velvet, was written by David Mindel (pictured).

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Bunfight over Board election

May 14, 2015

Now the Board of Deputies election has really begun to hot up - over an invitation to coffee and cake.

Presidential contender Laura Marks has asked all deputies to a Q &A reception in a hotel on Sunday morning immediately before the Board meeting to choose its next leader

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Unfortunate auto-suggestion

May 14, 2015

This car was parked in Manchester would you believe, outside a Council of Christians and Jews meeting on Tuesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (the Vatican declaration that paved the way for Jewish-Christian reconciliation). A combination numberplate censors ought to withdraw from circulation perhaps.

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Net gain for German diplomacy

May 14, 2015

The London embassies of Israel and Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries by holding a soccer match.

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Why Leeds lost Sammy Davis

May 14, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the organiser of a street party who turned down an offer to play free from Phil Collins.

Which prompted this story from Michael Woolf of Leeds: "My cousin and his wife were on a cruise in the 1960s when they met Sammy Davis Jnr and his manager and became friendly," he recalled.

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