The Diary

It's cool to text about shul

October 29, 2015

Apple's new range of emojis - the picture language for mobile phones - includes an image for a synagogue. So now you can send a message - "Having a great time in shul" - but not on Shabbat,of course.

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If you have faith in food...

October 29, 2015

Here's a chance to appear on TV and get to eat as well. London-based production company Superplex Pictures want to find someone from the Jewish community for a planned series, Food & Faith.

Their choice would be a person "involved with food… who may have stories to tell about recipes which relate directly to events in their lives and their beliefs".

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Mismatched dating

October 29, 2015

JC editor Stephen Pollard was puzzled to receive an invitation through the post to get in touch with Simantov International.

You'd think that a company that bills itself as the "leading Jewish name in Jewish matchmaking" might have found out first that someone was married with children.

Or is Simantov trying to encourage a new trend in Jewish dating - polygamy?

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Dramatic tip

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2015

Steve Rich, the founder of Theatremonkey website, was giving tips to Time Out readers about how to find tickets for popular London theatre shows. "The queues are always shorter on rainy days or at certain times of the year," he noted - "early September, early January and major Jewish holidays."

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Pricey politics

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2015

The other day, I found an edition of one of Lord Sacks's many books, The Politics of Hope, on Amazon, which originally appeared in 1997. "Brand new, unread copy in perfect condition", the website said - and yours for just £999.11 (plus £2.80 for delivery). You've definitely got to believe in the politics of hope if you're asking that.

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X Factor in the jungle

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2015

We might well have a Jewish jungler in the new series of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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Trying times for Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2015

After this weekend's Shabbat UK, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis deserves a good rest - and where better to take a break from his communal duties than at the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

The Chief, whose support of Spurs is well-known, is also an avid rugby follower and impressed the audience at a Jewish leadership event last week with a detailed explanation of the game's scoring sys

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No denying Rachel's talent

October 15, 2015

Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is to play historian Deborah Lipstadt in a film of her epic legal clash with the Hitler apologist David Irving.

Irving unsuccessfully sued the American academic for libel in the High Court for calling him a Holocaust denier in 2000, when his reputation was shredded in a damning judgment.

Shooting for Denial, which is based on a script by leading playwright

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Rabbi who made the Pope laugh

October 15, 2015

Rabbi Bob Alper describes himself as "the world's only practising clergyman doing stand-up comedy...

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Fed in the clouds

October 15, 2015

Federation of Synagogue's president Andrew Cohen, writing in its magazine Hamoar, said that it was "hoping to introduce a new platform that will transition cemetery management away from the current system… to a new cloud-based platform." A stairway to heaven?

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