The Diary

Israel's new best friend

April 2, 2015

You have to hand it to Nigel Goodrich, organiser of last weekend's launch event for the Edinburgh Friends of Israel. Last year, he founded a similar support group for Israel in another part of Scotland, the Dumfries and Galloway Friends. Galloway Friends of Israel… truly a name to savour. Respect that man.

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You'll have to skip this dip

April 2, 2015

The web has been going wild about Ben & Jerry's kosher-for-Pesach charoset-flavoured ice cream, though it's not new - we wrote about it three years ago. But if you're thinking of making Seder night even more different and dipping your maror into it, I'm afraid it's still limited edition and available only in Israel.

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Noah's fine with the vine

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

David Threlfall, who starred as ever-drunk Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless, found a nobler role on Monday, as Noah in BBC One's biblio-drama, The Ark. But the two characters have one thing in common. Noah was the first man to hit the bottle in the Bible, passing out after enjoying the fruits of his post-flood vineyard a little too much.

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One election not enough

April 2, 2015

Jonathan Davies, the Liberal Democratic candidate for Finchley and Golders Green, will be contesting a second election next month.

Not only is he standing for Parliament when the country goes to the polls on May 7 but 10 days later the vice-chairman of the Lib Dem Friends of Israel will be hoping also to become the new treasurer of the Board of Deputies, succeeding Laurence Brass (who coinciden

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Retro-cooking with Coren

By chris, March 26, 2015

Giles Coren's new BBC Two series Back in Time for Dinner features a family reliving the eating habits of previous decades.

In the first episode, the Robshaws had to cope with a meagre post-War diet until rationing ended and they could tuck into such treats as breakfast rashers.

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Chai hopes for artist Amy

By chris, March 26, 2015

BBC One's amateur art competition, The Big Painting Challenge (they could hardly call it The Great British Brush-Off), reaches its climax on Sunday.

And carrying heimishe hopes will be Essex-born Amy Goldring, 29, who has sported a Chai necklace throughout the contest.

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They're Biden their time

By chris, March 26, 2015

Is there a word for it - being taken taking a selfie? Here is Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman (right) about to snap himself with United States Vice-President Joe Biden at a World Jewish Congress meeting.

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Winning Warsi

By chris, March 26, 2015

LibDem MP David Ward's tweet that he'd "probably" have fired rockets at Israel if he lived in Gaza failed to win lobby group Westminster Public Affairs' most influential tweet of the year award. But small consolation - the winner was Baroness Warsi announcing she was quitting the government over Gaza.

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Bereft of Ben

By chris, March 26, 2015

A bold choice to have British comedian James Corden host a top American talk show but it's paid off judging by early reaction to the Late Late Show's new host. Happy news too for Ben Winston, who has gone to California as a co-producer - but what will kosher restaurants in Golders Green do without him and his celebrity patronage?

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TV dinner

March 19, 2015

Fans of the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner can enjoy a live version - at London's JW3 in May. The centre has arranged a screening of two episodes, followed by a Friday-night dinner and discussion with writer Robert Popper plus actors Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

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