The Diary

Take £100K job with the JLC

September 24, 2015

Someone has certainly opened their chequebook for the Jewish Leadership Council. Candidates to head its planned new directorate of public affairs - "to represent the interests of the Jewish community in political and civil society" - are being tempted with the offer of a six-figure salary.

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Letting rip on kosher street

September 24, 2015

The climax to the latest series of Ripper Street, BBC1's Victorian detective drama, had a scene in a (fictional) East End kosher restaurant. The chicken soup must have been good because the visiting American journalist swigged the last drops from the bowl rather than waste any. But such bad table manners – it's no surprise he came to a sticky end.

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Facebook's ace

September 17, 2015

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's senior executive in Europe, has been named the seventh most influential person in London by the Evening Standard. She should certainly "like" that. George Osborne and England rugby captain Chris Robshaw were joint first.

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Mr Corbyn: friend of felafel

September 17, 2015

There is one Israeli who might be grateful for Jeremy Corbyn's political elevation: Gaby Elyahou.

He is the eponymous owner of Gaby's Deli, off Leicester Square in central London, reputedly the new Labour leader's favourite restaurant.

Mr Corbyn's election has resulted in a spate of publicity for the deli, a popular haunt for West End stars and theatregoers for 50 years since Iraqi-born Mr E

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A little too live for Radio 5

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell got more than he bargained for when he interviewed QC Jonathan Goldberg.

The lawyer is defending Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who was jailed for murder two years ago for shooting a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Describing the stress the British soldier was under at the time, Mr Goldberg quoted Blackman's words as he opened fire: "It's more than

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Zara's zeida

September 17, 2015

Hull model Zara Holland, newly crowned Miss Great Britain, has a little Abrahamic ancestry. Her mother's father, antique dealer David Hakeney, is a popular member of the city's Jewish community.

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Holy day help

September 17, 2015

Comedian Hugh Dennis, guest speaker at last week's Movement for Reform Judaism dinner, thinks Jewish holidays helped him win a place at Cambridge - though not of the faith himself. Come Yomtov and half his UCS classmates would be off, leaving the rest to enjoy more time from teachers.

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Good yontiff to the pontiff

September 10, 2015

The presentation to the Pope of a silver apple-and-honey dish could have been expected to be one of the high points of the Chief Rabbi's visit to the Vatican last Thursday.

But it was a different gift which grabbed the attention - the delivery of a Tupperware box full of Chief Rebbetzin Valerie Mirvis's homemade Florentines.

The delicious treat has become infamous among movers and shakers me

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Frazer makes his mark

September 10, 2015

The Chief Rabbi's visiting party was afforded a special dispensation to breach Vatican protocol.

Last Thursday's trip coincided with the date Rabbi Mirvis's communications director, Mark Frazer, was due to become a father again.

Mobile phones are banned during Papal receptions but Mr Frazer was allowed to keep his on him at all times in case wife Judith should call.

Fortunately, baby boy

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Didi's for Bibi at Number 10?

September 10, 2015

While anti-Israel activists prepared for Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to London by waving Hizbollah flags and protesting outside Downing Street, behind the gates, staff were making plans of a rather more welcoming nature.

Our eagle-eyed correspondent spotted a Hermolis lorry unloading a delivery of kosher food at Number 10 on Tuesday.

So did David Cameron dine on a DD's chicken goujon wrap, or

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