The Diary

Pass the cockroaches, please

November 8, 2012

Perhaps MP Nadine Dorries, who has been suspended by the Conservative party for deserting Westminster for the jungle to appear in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, should have opted instead for Jewish Mum of the Year.

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Israelis have the beauty, but we have the brains

November 8, 2012

Amos Oz was put on the spot this week from Dan Mock the Week Patterson, who wondered: “How is it that four generations ago we were all the same people, and yet Israelis are so good-looking and we all look like Woody Allen?”

Israelis may be better-looking than diaspora Jews, the author promptly replied — “but they are not as clever”

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Chief takes to the movies

November 8, 2012

Lord Sacks might have a second career opening when he retires next September.

After hearing about the Chief’s Yom Hashoah service at JFS in May, Steven Spielberg is said to be interested in filming a version.

It gives Raiders of the Lost Ark a whole new meaning.

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Lord Sugar guests on Eastenders

November 8, 2012

Lord Sugar will dabble in acting as he makes a guest appearance on EastEnders on November 16.

The Apprentice star began filming on Tuesday as part of the annual Children in Need telethon.
One thing is for sure: he needs no accent training.

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Obama and Wiesel join pens

November 8, 2012

The American elections are finally over, which means that President Barack Obama can now get on the book trail. Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel has confirmed that he and the American president are collaborating on a book.

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TV host rides for norwood

November 1, 2012

Norwood’s recent charity bike ride round Sri Lanka included one celebrity on wheels: TV presenter Jeff Brazier (shown here with Norwood users Martin Weiss and Jackie Andresier).

The former Leyton Orient footballer, who co-hosted OK!TV on Channel Five last year, was introduced to the charity at a 60th birthday party for the channel’s owner, and Norwood president, Richard Desmond.

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Caprice's hot choice

November 1, 2012

Here is the most unlikely admission of the week: Caprice Bourret revealing on More 4’s Jews at Ten that her favourite Jewish dish is cholent.

Could the model’s endorsement yet make a fashionable item out of the Shabbat stew?

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An overseas Chief Rabbi?

November 1, 2012

Those on future Chief Rabbi watch should keep their eyes peeled for a sighting of Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, who is rumoured to be about to visit here again soon.

A second trip in the space of a few months would confirm impressions that the senior rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Centre in New York has been moving quietly closer to the centre of the picture as a possible successor to Lord Sacks.

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Actor's Eilat hotel horror

October 25, 2012

One establishment that actor Richard E.Grant (right) is unlikely to revisit in his new Sky Atlantic series on top hotels is the one he once stayed at in Eilat.

“The smell was bad, the hotel wasn’t finished, the food was a buffet that looked like it had been hanging around for five days,” he recalled in a Times interview.

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Sloshed in Warwick

October 25, 2012

Warwick University’s Jewish society reportedly has a bizarre initiation ceremony for freshers.
We understand 10 of this year’s intake took part in a ritual, which saw them taken to the top of a multi-storey car park, blindfolded with bin bags, plied with vodka and then forced to run around.
It was “completely safe”, we are assured.

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