The Diary

Jeweller is a slave to rave

October 7, 2014

The best bet for a rowdy Simchat Torah party might be a trip to trendy Primrose Hill and the home of Erin and Jeremy Morris.

The couple have apologised after neighbours complained about a series of "out-of-control raves" they hosted.

Mr Morris is the son of renowned jeweller David Morris, and runs his father's store in New Bond Street. It boasts dozens of celebrity customers.

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Shoah on the Roadshow

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2014

A fascinating piece of Holocaust history emerged on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday's episode was filmed at Scone Castle in Perthshire, where one of the items brought for valuation was a portrait of Dr Tina Strobos.

Dr Strobos hid Jews in Amsterdam during the war, was a member of the Dutch resistance and a friend of Jewish artist Martin Monnickendam, who found time to paint her.

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Our man in Corrie Street

October 2, 2014

Stand-up comedian Gareth Berliner made his début as a TV actor last week, with a small part in Coronation Street.

Originally from Essex, the Birmingham-based Berliner is playing a lovable rogue and cheeky chap called Macca. "I come in when Kylie [Platt] returns to her old haunt ,The Dog and Gun, looking for her ex, Max's dad, Callum," he explained.

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Chief Rabbi's Xmas greeting

October 2, 2014

In a recent radio Thought for the Day, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis recalled collecting his son Noam from playschool when they lived in Ireland. The teacher said the class had been learning about continents. Rabbi Mirvis decided to test his son's knowledge, saying the first part of the continent for his son to complete.

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Let the rabbis wear white

October 2, 2014

We're going to have to raise our interfaith game for the Vatican and Church have just played their first cricket match (won by the Anglicans). The Chief Rabbi had better invest in some pads and bats and arrange some winter nets.

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JW3's house of succah fun

October 2, 2014

When guests come to JW3's first fundraising dinner the week after next, they will take cocktails in the centre's succah.

The 200 square-metre installation will be one of the biggest succot around and has been described as an "architectural salvage" project made of reclaimed window frame and doors.

You can help decorate the Fun Palace Succah, which has been designed by architect David Rosenbe

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The pooch that protested

September 23, 2014

The low turnout of 50-60 at Sunday's demonstration outside the Qatari embassy in London, to oppose the country's funding of Hamas, may have disappointed one of the speakers. But when he complained about the absentees, another protester ventured an explanation: "Doesn't he know Spurs are playing today?

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This Mid-East pud is very good

September 23, 2014

Move over lokshen pudding, you are about to be replaced on the Jewish dessert table by a lighter Middle Eastern dish.

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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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