The Diary

Muslim saute to synagogues

April 20, 2014

Joining Mo Farah as a recipient this year of a Muslim News Award for Excellence was Charlotte Fischer, Jewish organiser for activists group London Citizens. After arsonists wrecked a Somali Bravanese community centre last year, she raised support for them from local synagogues and a Jewish school.

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The new buzz about Torah

April 20, 2014

Social news and entertainment site Buzzfeed is worshipped worldwide, generating viral content with its bite-size lists, punchy articles and interactive quizzes. Now the media giant faces some holier competition, from new website Buzztorah.com.

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When the BBC was star-struck

April 20, 2014

Here’s the proposed new logo for the BBC — from the last episode of its satirical TV series about life within the corporation, W1A.

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Roman's grand canyon seder

April 17, 2014

Roman Abramovich has been celebrating Pesach in the desert. But in more style than when our ancestors made their departure from Egypt.

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The man with the golden keys

April 17, 2014

BBC2’s new series, Under Offer: Estate Agents on the Job, would not be complete without at least one Jewish representative. And he is Gary Hersham, founder of London’s Beauchamp Estates, whom the Beeb’s blurb calls “estate agent to the super-rich”.

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The t-shirts went down a bomb

April 17, 2014

When an unmarked, unidentified parcel arrived at the offices of Mitzvah Day recently, they knew what to do. The man who came from the CST examined the package and pronounced his verdict: call in the bomb squad. And so the JW3 centre, where Mitzvah Day is housed, had to be evacuated, the Finchley Road closed and the suspect item dealt with in a controlled explosion.

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Gearing up for Board presidential race

April 6, 2014

One candidate thrown up by the rumour mill for Board of Deputies president next year has scotched the suggestion. Milah UK co-chairman, and former United Synagogue president, Simon Hochhauser says he is too busy to consider the role.

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Mazel still tov for Towie mum

April 6, 2014

Some viewers have been wondering about Carol Wright, a regular on ITV reality show The Only Way is Essex.
Her necklace seems to spell the word mazel in Hebrew.

But the mother of TOWIE star turned TV presenter Mark Wright, will not be spring-cleaning for Pesach — she is not Jewish.

The necklace was given to her many moons ago by a then boyfriend.

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Baddiel's musical appeal

April 6, 2014

David Baddiel has turned to that traditional Jewish pastime, fundraising, to put his 2010 film The Infidel on stage.

He has co-written a musical version of the comedy, about a Muslim cabbie who discovers he was born Jewish, with composer Erran Baron Cohen, who did the music for brother Sacha’s films.

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It's all Hebrew to Tesco

March 23, 2014

Somebody made a matzah pudding out of this Pesach display at Tesco in Borehamwood - the Hebrew greeting Chag Pesach Sameach is back to front.

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