The Diary

Foreign climb for Hasmo boy

October 30, 2014

Former Hasmonean pupil Jeremy Issacharoff, 59, who made aliyah from London when he was 22, has crowned a distinguished career in Israel by being named principal director general of its Foreign Ministry - in effect, its number two diplomat.

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Chelsea girl is in the swim

October 30, 2014

All those days sunbathing have paid off for Natalie Joel, former star of Channel 4 reality show, Made in Chelsea (right). The 23-year-old model has just brought out her own range of swimwear.

Raised partly in Israel, she said that the items reflect "a delicate mix of my heritage - the quality of a British product with the exotic designs of Israel.

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Israel is the taste of Soho

October 30, 2014

Since it opened in Soho earlier this year, the Israeli restaurant Palomar has quickly made friends. The Sunday Times has listed it as one of the country's top restaurants for £20 a head, describing it as one of the West End's "must-visit" places.

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The wizard of Wall Street

October 23, 2014

Michael Milken was a Wall Street hero until falling from grace in 1990 when he went to jail for 22 months for breaking stock-market rules.

But the junk bond maestro has since restored his reputation not only as a trader but also as a philanthropist supporting education, medical research and Jewish music.

He is speaking here at JW3 next week, in conversation with film director (Trading Places

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Retreat from sheet Tweet

October 23, 2014

The Sunday Times ran a story this week about growing hysteria over Ebola in the United States after the death of a nurse who had flown into the country.

Its online version was illustrated with a photo - said to have been tweeted from a plane – of a man wrapped in a transparent plastic sheet as if demonstrating precautions that people were now trying to take against the disease.

But the wra

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Where did you get that hat?

October 23, 2014

World boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, who holds titles in five divisions, sports a "Star Power" cap, which he sells as part of his clothing brand. You can get a blue-on-white version as well – for $60. At that price, no wonder he is reputedly the world's highest paid athlete.

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Tate head is art-topper

October 23, 2014

Sir Nicholas Serota is the most influential figure in the contemporary art world, according to ArtReview. He topped the magazine's Power 100 this year, the first public museum figure to do so since the list started in 2002.

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Sacks tackles the jihadis

October 23, 2014

Lord Sacks gave a preview of his next book in a London lecture this week. Due out next year, it's about the roots of religious violence and how to combat it. The lecture should shortly go up on his website www.rabbisacks.org

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Pressing for president

October 14, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jason Pearlman, who worked for the Israeli embassy here before making aliyah in 2006, has a high-powered new role: he is foreign media adviser to new Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.

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The lawyer who waited

October 14, 2014

Hot-shot lawyer Mark Lewis (interviewed this week) knows his shish from his shwarma. When he was a student in London, he served as a waiter in the original Sami's restaurant in Hendon.

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