The Diary

Interview Lapid? Easy pee-sy

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Hunting down recalcitrant politicians in Britain's corridors of power is all in a day's work for a JC reporter. But at Bicom's UK-Israel strategy conference in Westminster on Monday, one writer, having searched high and low for Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, was surprised to find his quarry standing next to him in the urinals.

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A new type of bar-mitzvah?

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Entrepreneurs Ben Avigdori, Lawrence and Karen Santi are out to prove that cocktails can rival kneidlach. Their trendy Farringdon hotspot, Barsmith, was recently named "Best Bar in London" at the 2015 London Club and Bar Awards, winning praise for drinks that include Nutella brandy and caramel tequila.

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It's a kind of tragic

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Actress Debra Tammer has a motto: "There's no subject that's off limits - although my mother would disagree." In her self-penned show A Mancunian Rhapsody, Ms Tammer runs the gamut of Jewish life - all set to the music of Queen.

Catch her at the Gatehouse in Highgate, before she heads to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Cleaning up the banks

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Daily Mail City editor Alex Brummer, author of Bad Banks: Greed, Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis, has been called in to help prevent the next scandal. The Bank of England has asked him to serve on a committee to clean up finance whose other members include the chief executive of Goldman Sachs in London, Mike Sherwood.

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Takes two to fandango

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Newlyweds Elliot Shiers and Victoria Ross got more than they bargained for when they asked two friends to toast the Queen at their wedding in Harrogate. Instead, Alan Spodick and Anthony Josephson, sporting handlebar Freddie Mercury-esque moustaches, treated the room to their reimagined rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

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No place for a petulant Pig

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

MANY a parent and grandparent has been grateful to Peppa Pig for keeping a little one quiet, but not Jewish journalist Naomi Greenaway. In her Daily Mail column, she revealed she has banned the porcine cartoon as a bad influence on her children.

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The quietest room in London

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

A quiet room in a synagogue may seem a paradox.

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Inside track on kosher food

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Orange is the New Black, the gritty tragicomedy series set in a women's federal prison in Upstate New York, released its third season online last week - much to the relief of fans across the globe.

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Happy ending for west london

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A feature of Adon Olam, which wraps up the Shabbat morning service, is its adaptability - you can sing it to all sorts of tunes. Greensleeves and Scarborough Fair were two we used at school.

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The poem going down a storm

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A rainy day some years ago has turned out bright for Bushey's Jonathan Goldman as it's earned a poem of his a place in a book. JGthepoet, as he's known, who is 71 and Nottingham-born, began writing poetry 15 years ago after being diagnosed with a rare skeletal muscle disease.

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