The Diary

Peer pleasure for new lords

November 4, 2013

Lord Finkelstein was introduced to the Lords by sponsors Lords Coe and Owen. Put the two together, said Lord Beecham, and what do you get? Lord Cohen.

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Israelis taste sweet success in food awards

October 27, 2013

No longer do the words “Israeli” and “cuisine” seem worlds apart.

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Capping it for Mitzvah Day

October 27, 2013

Long-distance runner Richard Jones was on a training run in the Welsh mountains on a cold autumn day. “The ground was frozen, as were my joints, bones and fingers,” he recalled.

Eight miles from home, he spotted an object lying on the snowy ground: a cap. “I already had one on my head,” he said, “but my hand was frozen, so I wrapped my hand in it and finished the run.”

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Israeli singer sizzles in Big Mac contest

October 21, 2013

Oneg Israel, a final year high-school student in Ashkelon, works part-time in McDonald’s. But her spell at the grill could help her fulfil the dream of a singing career.

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The last word on Schama

October 21, 2013

You wouldn’t believe it, but Simon Schama’s series The Story of the Jews has attracted a complaint of antisemitism. Or rather not the programme, but the blurb to its Swedish version.

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Chinese on Hasmonean menu

October 21, 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson urged British schools this week to start teaching Mandarin. So let’s hear it for the Hasmonean High School in London, where optional courses include not only Yiddish but an introduction to “Chinese culture and Mandarin”.

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Vanessa puts her foot in it

October 20, 2013

Jewish Mum of the Year Sandi Firth has a bone to pick with Vanessa Feltz.

The radio presenter, ousted from Strictly Come Dancing said that “most Jewish people can’t dance”. A remark to which the Leeds mum took exception in a Times letter — citing in refutation Leeds’s popular Dancing Strictly event, at which she and her partner won the public vote last year .

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Jeremy Corbyn's Friday night dinner

October 20, 2013

There was a surprise choice of Friday night dinner guest at the home of Islington Chabad rabbi Mendy Korer last week.

Local MP Jeremy Corbyn — one of the most vociferous anti-Israel voices in Parliament — tucked in to the vegetarian option of asparagus and potato kugel.

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Applauding Paloma in Roma

October 13, 2013

The Jewish place to be last weekend was Rome, where European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor hosted 400 guests at a three-day party for his 60th birthday — including Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman and vice-presidents Laura Marks and Alex Brummer.

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Over 70 - and still rucking

October 13, 2013

John Goldman may have never worn the red rose of England but he has claimed a place in posterity. An exhibit in the relaunched World Rugby Museum at Twickenham is this poster of him promoting the game.

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