The Diary

Beefed-up Blooms Viennas

January 8, 2015

It was a bold change to one of British Jewry's most iconic items, the Blooms Vienna.

Gilberts Kosher Meats, which manufactures the Blooms brand, had been lobbied by requests for a lighter product.

A year or so ago, the company acceded - and added some turkey to the sausage mix. But others had the beef with the mixed blend.

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Merron's merry dance

January 8, 2015

As well as political nous, Board of Deputies' CEO Gillian Merron has nimble feet. She was runner-up in last month's Strictly Limmud Dancing contest, winning the judges' (if not audience) vote with a graceful Israeli folk number. Being at the Board, she must have seen her fair share of horas.

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Sarah Palin's Hebrew pooch

January 8, 2015

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, has named her dog Jill Hadassah after the biblical heroine Esther. Hadassah is an alternative name for Esther. It's also a leading Jewish women's organisation in the USA. This could be the start of a trend; would you call your labradoodle Wizo?

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Archbishop to grace dinner

January 8, 2015

With a general election looming, the Board of Deputies was not going to give a platform to a politician at its dinner in May - and risk appearing partisan. This year, the guest speaker will be a man of the spirit, one with Jewish roots, though not Jewish. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be making his first major address at an Anglo-Jewish function since taking office in 2013.

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Crossed off our shopping list

January 2, 2015

The cross on this colourful hanging is clearly the original Asian symbol of auspiciousness rather than a Nazi swastika — still not what you might to expect to find in a Jewish charity shop in north- west London.

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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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