The Diary

Lovestruck at the films

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

Not only can you have a reel good time at the Jewish Film Festival, you might even find romance.

As did Cedric Behrel, the manager of Trinity Films, distributors of the festival's opening film This Must Be the Place, which stars Sean Penn.

It was a case of love actually at last year's festival, where he met the woman who recently became his wife, music journalist and JC contributor Nicola C

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Rabbis mind the language

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

What must be the world's first rabbinically supervised English dictionary is about to be published by none other than Oxford University Press.

A special edition of the Oxford English Dictionary for Schools has been approved for exclusive use in strictly Orthodox schools.

OUP agreed the idea with the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, which stumped up the cash to underwrite an initial 2,

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How Yentob got a leg-up

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

BBC creative director Alan Yentob amused Young Norwood supporters when he quoted his job application in 1968: "Although possibly not a significant qualification for entry to the BBC, my dramatic debut at the age of nine as Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor was greeted by a gratifying critique from one of my contemporaries, 'You ought to be a film star because you've got smashing legs'."

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Turkish date with Limmud

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

An eye-catching name on the guest list at this year's Limmud conference is Turkish Ambassador to the UK Ünal Çeviköz.

Two years ago such a visit would have been unremarkable but Turkey's spectacular fallout with Israel since the Gaza flotilla incident last year gives it added currency now.

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He's hot in Honolulu

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

Londoner Gregg Sulkin, barmitzvah boy hero of the film Sixty Six and young werewolf in the Disney Channel series, The Wizards of Waverly Place, gets the red carpet treatment at EuroCinema Hawaii, an international film festival, where he won the Rising Star award.

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The car with kosher appeal

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

The Ferrari 458 Spider is, according to a recent Sun article, a £198,895 "dream machine", with "stunning looks and jew-dropping performance". They must have tested it out on a cheder run.

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Peace is no joke for Peres

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is never one to turn down a celebrity meeting and here he is with actor Jason Alexander, best known as the hapless George in Seinfeld.

Alexander was heading a delegation on behalf of the organisation One Voice, which promotes support for a two-state solution among grassroots Israelis and Palestinians.

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For Weekend-only Jews

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

Weekend retreats for yoga, diets or exercise are all the rage, but last weekend a different kind of boot-camp was run in Somerset – "Be A Jew for the Weekend", by a Christian outfit, Ammerdown.

The programme asks: "Have you ever wondered what it is like to live as an Orthodox Jew? If so, then this course is for you!

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Ex-editor's lifeboat sale

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

It's a strange piece of JC history: a model lifeboat, presented in memory of one-time JC editor Michael Henry, is being auctioned in London next week by Charles Miller Ltd.

Mr Henry, who had started a fund for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, died aged 45 in 1875, after a fire in his office.

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Rabbi's son takes to stage

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2011

Jamie Romain, the son of two rabbis, has been offered his own pulpit, as a resident of the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho, with his group A Band of Buriers.

The son of Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain of Maidenhead Synagogue and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of Wimbledon, Jamie was a leader of RSY Netzer and chair of Young Limmud.

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