The Diary

Last goodbye to Carmel

April 27, 2014

Former students of Carmel College will have a final chance to say farewell to their alma mater. The college, whose alumni include tycoon Sir Philip Green and film director Roland Joffe, closed in 1997. But one last on-site reunion is planned for October before the buildings are torn down by developers.

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Upper crust Pesach shoppers

April 27, 2014

While many of us had to make do with matzah, Jews in Edgware, north-west London, it seems, were able to enjoy this exclusive new range of Pesach products, courtesy of a local Sainsbury’s. Uncovered by 14-year-old Ameleah Press.

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Eggs-tra rabbinical duties

April 27, 2014

Few rabbis’ early morning duties include collecting newly laid eggs from the hens or milking the goats.

But Rabbi Marc Soloway, of the Conservative Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado, has been learning the agricultural ropes.

The local Jewish community has set up a co-op to encourage the eating of organic produce in partnership with local farmers.

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Goals which are net gain for neighbours

April 20, 2014

Bushey Synagogue member Jonathan Cowan may have just the answer to a familiar problem, when your neighbours’ children boot their football over the fence into your tulip beds. His Opengoaaal! invention surrounds the practice goal with a larger protective net, to intercept over-hit balls.

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Alderman on air

April 20, 2014

Further confirmation that novelist Naomi Alderman’s is a name to be reckoned with: she has been chosen to guest-present an edition of Radio 4’s Women’s Hour on April 30. She will be taking a look at women in science and technology and why men dominate public speaking.

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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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