The Diary

Let the rabbis wear white

October 2, 2014

We're going to have to raise our interfaith game for the Vatican and Church have just played their first cricket match (won by the Anglicans). The Chief Rabbi had better invest in some pads and bats and arrange some winter nets.

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JW3's house of succah fun

October 2, 2014

When guests come to JW3's first fundraising dinner the week after next, they will take cocktails in the centre's succah.

The 200 square-metre installation will be one of the biggest succot around and has been described as an "architectural salvage" project made of reclaimed window frame and doors.

You can help decorate the Fun Palace Succah, which has been designed by architect David Rosenbe

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The pooch that protested

September 23, 2014

The low turnout of 50-60 at Sunday's demonstration outside the Qatari embassy in London, to oppose the country's funding of Hamas, may have disappointed one of the speakers. But when he complained about the absentees, another protester ventured an explanation: "Doesn't he know Spurs are playing today?

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This Mid-East pud is very good

September 23, 2014

Move over lokshen pudding, you are about to be replaced on the Jewish dessert table by a lighter Middle Eastern dish.

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Carlebach in black hats

September 23, 2014

The music of Singing Rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach, once regarded as a maverick, continues to win new friends. I am told that a Carlebach-style Friday night service has even taken place recently in Stamford Hill.

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Rose-tinted Liberals

September 23, 2014

Liberal Judaism's outreach to small communities includes High Holy Day services for the first time in both York and Lancaster this year. White and red roses are not going to be handed out to worshippers.

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Yiddish song in classical style

September 23, 2014

Martha Argerich, one of the greatest classical pianists, who is now in her 70s, has just recorded her first Yiddish performance.

She appears on Myriam Fuks's new album Ver Bin Ikh, accompanying the Belgian Yiddish singer on a ballad.

Argentinian-born Ms Argerich (right), whose Jewish mother was from Eastern Europe, won the International Chopin Piano competition in 1965.

Other classical ar

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Israel goes gaga for Gaga

September 18, 2014

After a summer of hate, at least there is someone glad to be in Israel. Lady Gaga (above, after her arrival) saluted her Tel Aviv audience on Saturday night: "Israel, I f------ love you!"

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Postscript to the Power 100

September 18, 2014

Topping the JC Power 100 list made Mick "the Miner" Davis's weekend – he was overheard to have said – but others were less than pleased at the ranking of communal heavyweights.

The omission of Jewish Care president, Lord Levy, was blasted by its chairman Steven Lewis.

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Is it Strictly Come Davening?

September 18, 2014

Welsh exam board WJEC runs "entry pathways" courses for students who don't take GCSE. Its course in humanities offers a religious studies option, which has a unit where students are invited to learn about a "well-known religious personality". Suggested Jews are Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Shimon Peres and Simon Wiesenthal.

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