The Diary

Carlebach in black hats

September 23, 2014

The music of Singing Rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach, once regarded as a maverick, continues to win new friends. I am told that a Carlebach-style Friday night service has even taken place recently in Stamford Hill.

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Yiddish song in classical style

September 23, 2014

Martha Argerich, one of the greatest classical pianists, who is now in her 70s, has just recorded her first Yiddish performance.

She appears on Myriam Fuks's new album Ver Bin Ikh, accompanying the Belgian Yiddish singer on a ballad.

Argentinian-born Ms Argerich (right), whose Jewish mother was from Eastern Europe, won the International Chopin Piano competition in 1965.

Other classical ar

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Rose-tinted Liberals

September 23, 2014

Liberal Judaism's outreach to small communities includes High Holy Day services for the first time in both York and Lancaster this year. White and red roses are not going to be handed out to worshippers.

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Israel goes gaga for Gaga

September 18, 2014

After a summer of hate, at least there is someone glad to be in Israel. Lady Gaga (above, after her arrival) saluted her Tel Aviv audience on Saturday night: "Israel, I f------ love you!"

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Postscript to the Power 100

September 18, 2014

Topping the JC Power 100 list made Mick "the Miner" Davis's weekend – he was overheard to have said – but others were less than pleased at the ranking of communal heavyweights.

The omission of Jewish Care president, Lord Levy, was blasted by its chairman Steven Lewis.

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Is it Strictly Come Davening?

September 18, 2014

Welsh exam board WJEC runs "entry pathways" courses for students who don't take GCSE. Its course in humanities offers a religious studies option, which has a unit where students are invited to learn about a "well-known religious personality". Suggested Jews are Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Shimon Peres and Simon Wiesenthal.

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Essex golfers are Ryding high

September 18, 2014

While Europe and the USA prepare for next week's Ryder Cup clash, let's hail a golfing triumph closer to home. Gary Weiner (third left, second row), belongs to an Essex golf society where every year the Jews play the Christians. "We call ourselves the Yids and they call themselves the Yoks and it's known as the Yid Yok Ryder Cup," he said.

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Bibi on wheels

September 11, 2014

Has Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu been making a surprise visit here? This car was spotted in Marylebone High Street, central London.

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Hot licks from a tall friend

September 11, 2014

Someone has got the ear of British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, pictured here with wife Celia and children Rachel and Emily during a visit to the Ramat Gan Safari park.

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Scrum down for Shabbat UK

By Simon Rocker, September 11, 2014

The countdown has begun for Chief Rabbi Mirvis's Shabbat UK, just six weeks away.

More than a hundred shuls, schools and groups have signed up to special events to promote Shabbat observance and celebration.

Already scheduled is a mass challah bake beforehand in which thousands are expected to take part.

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