The Diary

Ken Clarke goes to shul

September 13, 2012

The induction of the new rabbi at Shomrei Hadath Federation Synagogue, Daniel Glass, on Sunday, had a notable guest; the government’s new Minister without Portfolio, Ken Clarke.

While the genial politician has a roving brief, it does not yet extend to officially covering rabbinical inductions. He was there as a friend of the Glass family.

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More Rolf Harrises for Leyton Orient

September 13, 2012

Fans of Leyton Orient were bemused by pictures of thousands of Orthodox Jews who used its stadium for an anti-internet rally last week.

The sight of a large crowd clearly impressed club regulars on its online message board. “Can we not keep them for home games,” one wondered, adding “Saturdays may be a problem.”

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Why the rabbi was a tramp

September 13, 2012

We reported last week on the forthcoming auction of half-a-dozen portraits by Alfred Wolmark of early 20th-century Jewish life in Britain.

But there is an interesting fact about the pious figures he depicted, according to the artist’s great-nephew, David Wolmark.

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Isaac Rosenberg statue planned

September 10, 2012

British Jewry’s greatest poet, Isaac Rosenberg, looks set to get the recognition he deserves with plans to erect a statue in central London.

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Anne Frank goes app

September 10, 2012

A new version of Anne Frank’s diary — which she began writing 70 years ago — should help it to secure the attention of the next generation.

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Matisyahu becomes a rabbi

September 10, 2012

The Lubavitch-inspired reggae star Matisyahu was once held out as an example that rock and strictly Orthodox Judaism could happily mix.

But when the singer shaved off his beard last year, it prompted questions about his religious direction.

Now he can be seen back in a beard — as a character in a new film, released in the USA, The Possession.

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Why ex-PC is happy with the blues

August 30, 2012

Some years ago a Jewish constable called Paul Thomas (below) won a claim of racial discrimination against the Metropolitan Police after being labelled the Milky Bar Yid and other names. While on sick leave fighting the case, he began writing blues lyrics.

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Chris Evans's Limmud pun

August 30, 2012

Liberal Rabbi Pete Tobias, who has a regular religious slot on BBC2’s Chris Evans breakfast show, was enthusing about the weekend’s Limmud Fest, the Glastonbury of Jewish culture.

As the rabbi conjured up fields of weather-defying Jews in tents who resembled “something out of the Bible”, the presenter was given to wonder whether “Limmud Fest was full of mud”.

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Chicken soup a la Coronation Street

August 30, 2012

From last Thursday’s Coronation Street: Paul the fireman is sleeping at Gail McIntyre’s in the day as he is on night shifts and can’t get any rest at home owing to building work next door.

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An Evelyn Rose recipe you can't eat

August 30, 2012

A new product carrying the name of Evelyn Rose is instantly tempting. But I blinked when I saw the offer of “Evelyn Rose eau de parfum”.

A fragrance blending a few sprays of chicken soup with the bouquet of chopped liver maybe?

No link, I’m afraid, to the late queen of the kosher kitchen: it’s part of the “Evelyn Rose” range by cosmeticians, Crabtree & Evelyn.

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