The Diary

Deputy debut for pr boss

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2012

A new face at the Board of Deputies will be Shimon Cohen, founder of The PR Office, who has been elected to represent Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue. The Board was “a great idea” which had not yet achieved its potential, he explained. “The only way to change that is to get involved.”

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A feather with a steely edge

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2012

A purge at West London Synagogue where three of its five serving delegates to the Board of Deputies were ousted in an election. One who did keep his seat was Robert (aka Anthony) Feather.

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Hacked off with confused MP

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2012

Labour deputy chairman Tom Watson was left with a little facial egg after tweeting Rupert Murdoch to complain that he had been insulted by Times columnist Hugo Rifkind.

A baffled Rifkind asked for, and got, an apology from the MP, who admitted that he had confused him with fellow Times columnist Giles Coren.

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Guess who hates Man U

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Someone who may rejoice in a Man City Premier League triumph is Israeli writer Edgar Keret. In a lighthearted interview with the Forward, he confessed his dislike of Manchester United, suggesting the team had "something fascist" about them.

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Game over for hockey man

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Argentinian hockey player Fernando Zylberberg, star of the provocative Olympic ad for his country which showed him training in the Falklands, may now miss the Games, after all. I can't tell you if he is Jewish, though many bearing the surname on Google seem to be.

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Countdown's yiddishe gal

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Countdown co-host Rachel Riley has given hints with occasional on-air references to zeida but she finally confirmed that she was of the faith when she recently recalled the delights of her mother's chopped liver.

While she looks after the numbers on the popular Channel 4 quiz show, from time to time she has been called on to help its words expert, Susie Dent, with the pronunciation of such word

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Legal hero honoured

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Solicitor Frances Goodman was due to be feted by the Law Society last night as one of its "unsung heroes".

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Belovski on the menu

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A number of rabbis - Orthodox, Reform and Masorti - are down to speak at Gefiltefest, the food equivalent of Limmud, on Sunday week, including a leading home contender for the Chief Rabbinate, Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green (who has never been to Limmud).

He will be explaining why that troublesome fish, the turbot, even though once served to a Chief Rabbi at a communal banquet, is not

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Wicked JC's fame academy

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Forget The Voice or Britain's Got Talent. Could a better stepping stone to success be a spell with the JC?

That was the route taken by South London soul singer Jess Ware (right), who is being tipped for imminent stardom.

The daughter of broadcast journalist John Ware briefly worked at Furnival Street as a web reporter a few years ago.

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Olympics' Jerusalem problem

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is a source of endless dispute and this week it was the official website for the London Olympics which found itself caught in the middle.

In its profile of participating countries, the site listed Jerusalem as capital of "Palestine", while Israel's capital city was left as a blank space.

"After the error was pointed out to them, they then switched it on the

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