The Diary

Rabbi Galloway, I presume

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

You seldom see men in hats these days unless they are Orthodox Jews or ministers in the Nigerian government. So will Respect MP George Galloway be coming to a minyan down your way soon?

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Doubled-up diplomats

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

British Israel Ambassador Matthew Gould, speaking at a London dinner this week, said that he is often mistaken for his Israeli counterpart in London, Daniel Taub. "I had assumed that this would be happening to him as well," he said. "So I asked him this morning over breakfast, 'I imagine you're mistaken for me?'" Ambassador Taub's response was emphatic. "No."

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Mosque stop for Mozart

June 26, 2014

The courtyard of the Crusader Fortress in Acco was the impressive venue for the Israel Opera Festival's performance of Don Giovanni this month.

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Oxford's principled choice

June 26, 2014

Deputy High Court Judge John Bowers will be swapping a wig for a mortar board next year as head of an Oxford College.

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Surprise signing

June 26, 2014

More than 20 MPs have signed an early day motion calling for the immediate release of the three Israeli teenagers abducted on the West Bank. They include such staunch friends of Israel as Robert Halfon and James Clappison. But one name on the list that may surprise you is not exactly known for his pro-Israel sentiments, the Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, David Ward.

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Missing out on the World Cup

June 23, 2014

Spare a thought for Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson.

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Clap this app

June 22, 2014

Israeli Or Arbel has produced an App which has reportedly raised $1 million - and all it does is to enable you to send the greeting "Yo" to anyone you want. So far 50,000 people have downloaded this ingenious facility. The JC is about to launch an adaptation in which you'll be able to reverse the message and text "Oy".

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Unlucky 17

June 22, 2014

All the doors around JFS are sporting brand new signs in Hebrew, thanks to a donor's generosity. They include one whose threshold most pupils would rather not cross, now bearing the name "Cheder 17" but familiar to alumni as "Room 17": it is where erring boys and girls are sent to serve a detention.

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Bottled-up Hitler

June 22, 2014

When Leeds couple Stephanie and Howard Richman were holidaying recently in the Italian resort of Lido de Jessolo, near Venice, they popped into a local shop for some water.

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Wanted: undercover chasids

By Simon Rocker, June 22, 2014

A Stamford Hill rabbi called a meeting last week, looking for able-bodied men between the ages of 35 and 50 to embark on a secret nocturnal mission.

According to a report on a Hebrew website, he was concerned about yeshivah boys frequenting casinos and other places of dubious repute instead of being tucked up with their Talmuds.

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