The Diary

Rabbi's advice for rioters

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

A word of advice on how to deal with looters on the Letters page of Monday's Guardian, from the granddaughter of an Orthodox rabbi swept up in the 1960s riots on an estate in Rochester, NY. Martha Jean Baker writes: "Shortly after the riots, several of his neighbours came to him and said...

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Scary plot won't faze star

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

The production comes with a warning that it is not suitable for children, but the plot has not fazed the 11-year-old who is starring in a London adaptation of the Turn of the Screw.

Saul Friend, a pupil at University College School, can be seen at The King's Head Theatre in Islington as Miles in Benjamin Britten's operatic version of Henry James' ghost story.

He made his screen debut when he

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C4 seeking frugal Jews

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

If TV didn't have enough series on Jewish stereotypes for you, a researcher for RAW TV has contacted the JC to find subjects for a documentary about Britain's most frugal people. The researcher writes: "I have no budget for advertising, was wondering if you had a free events section?"

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A kosher twist on bacon

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Many kosher and Jewish cookbooks land on the desk of the JC's food editor, but none more striking than Kosher Modern by Geila Hocherman and Arthur Boehm, which at first glance appears to have a dish of parma ham and roast figs on the cover. But chef Hocherman is the world expert at turning treif kosher. The parma ham is actually salt-cured duck breast.

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Cleaning up in NW London

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Spotted in a North-West London window, this advert: "My name is Dominika, I am probably the best cleaner in London. I cleaning Jewish people, but I'm looking for more work…" I have heard of personal trainers and shoppers but this may be taking hands-on help a bit too far.

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Bring on the karma jutra

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Most of the books that land on my desk are worthy works of talmudic scholarship or biblical translation.

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Mid-East melee in Edinburgh

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Daniel Cainer got more than he bargained for at the Edinburgh Festival. After a performance of his musical act More Jewish Chronicles, a couple confronted him and began to berate him for lack of support for Israel.

He was "quite surprised.

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Ballroom blitzed

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

As reports of rioting in Camden came through on Monday night, Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with rumours about the fate of young Jewish London's Saturday night hotspot, Electric Ballroom.

It was boarded up the next day, and damage looked minimal. A sigh of relief, then, for party-goers attached to dancing on a sticky floor, drinking cheap vodka and singing along to cheesy pop music.

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Tallit for the tartan army

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, the Scottish Lubavitcher who launched the first official Jewish tartan, has gone one better; he has woven it into the first official tartan tallit with matching bag and kippah.

That's what you call Celtic Fringes.

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In memory of Peter Moss

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The death of travel writer Peter Moss, killed by a terror bomb in Marrakesh, was one of the sadder events of the year.

You may like to know there is a memorial football match on Sunday week between Tottenham Hotspur Legends and FC Team, the Maccabi club of which Peter was president. It's at the Gosling Centre, Hatfield. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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