The Diary

Oxford's principled choice

June 26, 2014

Deputy High Court Judge John Bowers will be swapping a wig for a mortar board next year as head of an Oxford College.

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Missing out on the World Cup

June 23, 2014

Spare a thought for Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson.

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Clap this app

June 22, 2014

Israeli Or Arbel has produced an App which has reportedly raised $1 million - and all it does is to enable you to send the greeting "Yo" to anyone you want. So far 50,000 people have downloaded this ingenious facility. The JC is about to launch an adaptation in which you'll be able to reverse the message and text "Oy".

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Unlucky 17

June 22, 2014

All the doors around JFS are sporting brand new signs in Hebrew, thanks to a donor's generosity. They include one whose threshold most pupils would rather not cross, now bearing the name "Cheder 17" but familiar to alumni as "Room 17": it is where erring boys and girls are sent to serve a detention.

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Bottled-up Hitler

June 22, 2014

When Leeds couple Stephanie and Howard Richman were holidaying recently in the Italian resort of Lido de Jessolo, near Venice, they popped into a local shop for some water.

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Wanted: undercover chasids

By Simon Rocker, June 22, 2014

A Stamford Hill rabbi called a meeting last week, looking for able-bodied men between the ages of 35 and 50 to embark on a secret nocturnal mission.

According to a report on a Hebrew website, he was concerned about yeshivah boys frequenting casinos and other places of dubious repute instead of being tucked up with their Talmuds.

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No knees-up for prize singer

June 12, 2014

Laurence Hasson (far left) proved in good voice at the national barbershop championships, where his group Park Street won the quartet category.

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Lucky letters for JC three

June 12, 2014

If your initials are J. W. and you dream of an artistic career, a spell at the JC might help. Singer Jessie Ware worked here as a web reporter, comedian Josh Widdicombe interned here post-university and one-time reporter Jemma Wayne has just published her first novel After Before.

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Thanks from Mr Speaker

June 12, 2014

Guest of honour at the Jewish Care dinner John Bercow said he could hardly have turned down the invitation. The House of Commons speaker revealed that it had been Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris who had taught him Hebrew for his barmitzvah.

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A woman with very good taste

June 12, 2014

Another plug for Israeli cuisine this week, from Susannah Constantine, one half of style tipsters Trinny and Susannah.

In the new series of BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef, judges evoked the name of maestro Yotam Ottolenghi when praising Susannah's dish.

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