The Diary

The hip-hop rapping rabbi

July 2, 2015

Barmitzvah boy Gabe Knopf got more than he bargained for last Friday when his rabbi stood up and delivered a rap sermon.

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Adding strings to her bow

July 2, 2015

Alma Deutscher is not your average 10-year-old.

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Here's something to chew on

July 2, 2015

Footballer Mesut Özil is famed for his party trick: spitting out a piece of chewing gum and using his keepy-up skills to volley the item back into his mouth. But it looks like one rather talented pupil from Immanuel College, Hertfordshire, is gnawing at his heels. In a video posted online, the unnamed student is seen replicating the footballer's stunt.

Surely a Nike campaign beckons?

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Say cheese and pray

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Jews may be to thank for bolstering numbers in church attendance. More than 20 churches around the world have now installed Churchix, a facial-recognition system developed by Israeli company Face-six that scans the church's CCTV feed and matches faces to a pre-existing database of members.

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Wear a faith-ty helmet

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Boris Johnson is well-known for dropping Latin words and phrases into his speeches. But the London Mayor preferred to flex his more colourful vocabulary when he swore at a London cabbie on a busy road earlier this month. Curiously, the BBC chose not to picture him in a helmet in its report, opting instead for this photo of Boris wearing a kippah.

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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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