The Diary

Welcome doctor's appointment for Israel activist

January 1, 2015

The director of the Academic Friends of Israel, Ronnie Fraser, can at last breathe a sigh of relief.

After his failed legal action against the University College Union over its anti-Israel policy, the union launched a claim to recover around £500,000 in costs from him and his lawyers Mishcon de Reya.

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Lighting up the temple

December 24, 2014

After nearly 2,000 years the menorah has been lit again in the Temple, not in Jerusalem though. Candle-lighting ceremonies took place in London’s Inner Temple with Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger (above) among those doing the honours.

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An ice surpise from Crouch and Clancy

December 24, 2014

The ice-rink at the JW3 centre attracted a pair of celebrity visitors at the weekend: Stoke City striker Peter Crouch and his wife, model Abbey Clancy. Here they are with seven-year-old Jude Cannon, snapped by his dad, Adam, the Telegraph’s editorial legal director.

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A healthier Chanucah option

December 24, 2014

After all those doughnuts, could this be a healthier bet? As tweeted by Simon Gould, whose seven-year-old son asked if this was why they ate red cabbage on Chanucah.

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Positive spin for Livni

December 24, 2014

Former Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Lipni, whose Hatnuah party has joined Labour (Nua Labour?), was part of a world-record dreidel spin in Tel Aviv. The spinmeisters turned 754 tops for 10 seconds uninterrupted, beating the previous record by 20.

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Channel 4's Victorian Chanucah Feast

December 24, 2014

A welcome break from all those turkey and mince pie previews when JC food editor Victoria Prever appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch to talk about Chanucah.

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Wembley to white van man

December 18, 2014

David Bernstein continues to show how shortsighted the Football Association was to force him to step down as its chairman at the age of 70 last year.

He now chairs the British Red Cross, menswear firm Ted Baker, and this week added vehicle-hire company Vanarama to his portfolio. Mr Bernstein is clearly still in top gear 12 months after his "retirement".

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A Jewish state of mind?

December 18, 2014

He is one of the world's best-known rappers, producers and businessmen - and Mr Beyoncé.

But while the cameras mainly focused on Jay Z meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a basketball game in New York last week, the attention of some eagle-eyed viewers was drawn to his bling.

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The only Jew at Hogwarts

December 18, 2014

One of Harry Potter's schoolmates was Jewish, JK Rowling has revealed.

Responding to a fan on Twitter who asked if it was true Hogwarts had no Jewish pupils, the author responded: "Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard." He had fought alongside Harry at the climactic Battle of Hogwarts as the series ended.

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No kippers for lunch?

December 18, 2014

Richard Desmond's reported £300,000 donation to Ukip did not stop him enjoying Tuesday's Conservative Friends of Israel lunch.

Is his rumoured-to-be-impending peerage from Nigel Farage's party on hold, or did he just want to hear more from David Cameron, who praised him at last month's Norwood dinner?

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