The Diary

Glatt kosher for Savoy guests

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2016

Kosher guests can look forward to a new dining option at London's Savoy Hotel: a supervised meal prepared on the premises.

"It's an exciting prospect," said Kenneth Arfin, who last month teamed up with the hotel to work with its kosher services.

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Shylock gets his money back

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2016

At last, Shylock has been cleared.

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Wonder never ceases

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2016

Whoever would have thought it, a Barbie doll with an Israel connection? The new doll is based on the superhero film character Wonder Woman, played by actress Gal Gadot.

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New album has star quality

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2016

Debbie Wiseman, Classic FM’s composer in residence, was certainly influenced by the stars for her new album. The Musical Zodiac, out next month, is a 12-movement orchestral work, each movement inspired by an astrological sign. The album notes were penned by Jonathan Cainer, king of newspaper horoscopes, who died earlier this year.

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The man who cracked the Eggheads​

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2016

It was just one against five and the odds were stacked against Edgware Masorti Synagogue member Howard Bluston.

The pensions adviser, 70, was the last man standing for his team Acorn Antiques in the BBC2 quiz show Eggheads last Friday and he was facing five of the country's top quiz champions.

But although his team-mates had been eliminated, Mr Bluston (third from right), proved more than a

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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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