The Diary

They're from the YMCA

November 27, 2014

With precious little good news coming out of Jerusalem, there ought to be a special welcome here for the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus.

Israeli and Palestinian singers from the West and East of the city will take part in a music celebration for peace at the Aldwych Theatre in London on Sunday week, in aid of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Also performing will be AfterParty A Capella, the New London

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Missing cricket and custard

November 27, 2014

British oleh Daniel Rothenberg recently launched a Facebook conversation about what his fellow-immigrants missed most about their old home.

Here are a few responses: cricket, "watching Spurs being humiliated", long cucumbers, smoked haddock, rhubarb crumble and custard, mint sauce, frosty autumn mornings, conkers, robins, squirrels, double-decker buses, "driving with people who use mirrors and

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Nigella the chicken lover

November 27, 2014

Nigella Lawson's larder would leave many a rabbi spluttering. But here's proof that the TV cook is a heimishe girl at heart. According to the Evening Standard, she said that "roast chicken is the fundamental unit of cooking".

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Vanessa the radio legend

November 27, 2014

BBC presenter Vanessa Feltz will be recognised for her contribution to broadcasting next Thursday when she is inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at the Savoy Hotel. "You could knock me down with a feather," she said.

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Apprentice not for crossing

November 27, 2014

We have had one or two anxious inquiries about the ritual performed by the Apprentice's Daniel Lassman before his boardroom ordeals. Surely the great Jewish hope could not be crossing himself?

No, he is not, you will be relieved to know.

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Christmas confusion

November 20, 2014

Blushes at Westminster Business Council, which sent out an invitation headed "Christmas party" for a talk by Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich. Cue a resulting clarification - the survivor speaks next week, while the knees-up is next month.

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First Cohen, now Clyne

November 20, 2014

Well, we may not have a Jewish player in the English football team but at least we can celebrate the most Jewish-sounding player since George Cohen of World Cup legend: Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who made his debut against Slovenia on Saturday.

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What the doctor ordered

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

Fame has fallen on Dr Phil Moss, emergency room director of St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, whose department features in 24 Hours in A&E on Thursday nights.

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King Solomon's apprentice

November 20, 2014

Sun TV columnist Will Payne was excited this week to uncover a link between Apprentice boss Lord Sugar and contestant Daniel Lassman.

Mr Lassman, who has twice escaped the boardroom chop in successive weeks, was a pupil at King Solomon High School, whose life president is Lord Sugar.

The Redbridge school even has a Sugar wing for Jewish studies.

A spokesman for Lord Sugar described the co

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Heimishe bard sings the Jews

November 20, 2014

You have got to admire anyone who rhymes "Succos" with "tuches", as does grandmother-of-four Judy Karbritz in her newly published odes to Jewish life, Tower of Bagels.

The collection covers the gamut of Jewish experience from the madness of Pesach preparations to a broiges between two sisters.

Some of her poems are written to be sung to the tune of well-known songs, such as "Waltzing into Gi

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