The Diary

Kicked out because of a Kindle

May 31, 2012

Habima can be well satisfied with their appearance at the Globe’s Shakespeare festival this week.
The cabal of luvvies such as Richard Wilson and Emma Thompson who wanted the Israeli company barred clearly got nowhere with their boycott call. (Incidentally, none of them was spotted among the ranks of pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Globe).

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Sweet shopping for the rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Rabbi David Hulbert's daughter Lianna recently moved to Brixton in south London. When the minister of Bet Tikvah Progressive Synagogue in Ilford went to visit, he popped into the sweet shop next door, to re-appear with this snack tailor-made for him: a packet of Rabbi Coconut Candy balls.

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Naomi Campbell is the model guest at King David, Israel

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Staying at the King David in Jerusalem this week was supermodel Naomi Campbell, who arrived for her 42nd birthday.

After visiting the Old City, she went to Bethlehem, where she was quoted as saying: "Weapons and war, greed and oil… I hope it all stops". Don't we all (except for the oil, of course).

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Avram Grant at Auschwitz

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The England team's run-up to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine will include a talk next week from two Holocaust survivors.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant was at Auschwitz this week, recording a Radio Five Live programme which goes out on Tuesday.

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A Streisand who wears tefillin

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Barbra Streisand's cousin, Dale, has turned to Israel's Supreme Court to help him make aliyah. Last year his application to settle in Israel with his Philippines-born wife and daughter was rejected, reportedly because his Facebook page had a link to a Christian messianic group.

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New Statesman goes to the shtetl

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The left-wing New Statesman magazine put a kippah on the cover this week for a 72-page special issue on British Jewry, which was due to go on sale yesterday.

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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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