The Diary

Vanessa, the best of boobas

October 1, 2015

Radio presenter Vanessa Feltz can kvell about her latest accolade; the public has voted her the first Celebrity Grandparent of the Year.

The award, sponsored by pub-grub providers Table Table, was announced ahead of tomorrow's National Grandparent Day.

Ms Feltz said that Zeke, the one-year-old son of daughter Allegra, was "the light of my life" and she looked forward to grandchild number tw

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Fatman joins morris dancers

October 1, 2015

Lucy Morris's batmitzvah party was in full swing at the Village Hotel, Elstree.

As guests got down to a track by American rapper Fatman Scoop, there was a surprise.

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Yes, we have some bananas

October 1, 2015

It may look like a prop out of Little Shop of Horrors. But pride of place in the New North London Synagogue succah went to this branch from a banana plant grown by Hannah and Alan Simons. Mrs Simons is one of the shul's wardens.

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Words spread to South Korea

September 24, 2015

THE Jewish Quarterly magazine, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, is finding new readers - in South Korea.

After the USA and the UK, the Asian republic is now its biggest market.

"We couldn't get over it," said arts journalist Nicola Christie (right), who became editor of the London-based literary publication in summer, "It's exciting."

The explanation, she believes, is the growi

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Israeli soccer's star pray-er

September 24, 2015

Maccabi Tel Aviv fans may have been left to lick their wounds after last week's 4-0 Champion League defeat at Chelsea but former MK Rabbi Dov Lipman found something to cheer about.

Immediately before the kick-off, he noticed Tel Aviv's star player Eran Zahavi (below) with one hand over his head and another covering his eyes while his lips moved – he was clearly reciting the Shema.

The sigh

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Piges and wi---es

September 24, 2015

Claims in a new biography that David Cameron performed a bizarre university society initiation ritual involving a "private part of his anatomy" and a pig would not normally concern the JC. But no one else seems to have noticed that both components of the ritual have a Jewish angle...

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Take £100K job with the JLC

September 24, 2015

Someone has certainly opened their chequebook for the Jewish Leadership Council. Candidates to head its planned new directorate of public affairs - "to represent the interests of the Jewish community in political and civil society" - are being tempted with the offer of a six-figure salary.

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Letting rip on kosher street

September 24, 2015

The climax to the latest series of Ripper Street, BBC1's Victorian detective drama, had a scene in a (fictional) East End kosher restaurant. The chicken soup must have been good because the visiting American journalist swigged the last drops from the bowl rather than waste any. But such bad table manners – it's no surprise he came to a sticky end.

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Facebook's ace

September 17, 2015

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's senior executive in Europe, has been named the seventh most influential person in London by the Evening Standard. She should certainly "like" that. George Osborne and England rugby captain Chris Robshaw were joint first.

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Mr Corbyn: friend of felafel

September 17, 2015

There is one Israeli who might be grateful for Jeremy Corbyn's political elevation: Gaby Elyahou.

He is the eponymous owner of Gaby's Deli, off Leicester Square in central London, reputedly the new Labour leader's favourite restaurant.

Mr Corbyn's election has resulted in a spate of publicity for the deli, a popular haunt for West End stars and theatregoers for 50 years since Iraqi-born Mr E

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